What’s New For Dinner? Mini Taco Cups

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “What’s New for Dinner?” Jaycie at CouponGeek and I have made a commitment to each other and to you, our readers, to try ONE new thing in our meal planning each week. There are several reasons for this:

  • Meal planning can get a bit tedious. We find ourselves making the same dinners over and over again. We are forcing ourselves to get creative and step outside of the lines.
  • Hopefully this will inspire you, the reader, to try something new that you haven’t done before.

And Finally,

  • To show you that adding new recipes or tricks to your culinary routine does not have to be expensive or time consuming…you can have your dinner and eat it too!

We eat a lot of Mexican food; Enchiladas, Taco Salad, Black Beans and Rice, Quesadillas. It occurred to me when I saw this recipe at Hoosier Homemade that I’ve never made actual tacos for my kids. I can only imagine what a mess that would be! This recipe for Mini Taco Cups seemed like the perfect solution. Designed as an appetizer, it is the perfect size for little hands and mouths.

The Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef (we use venison)
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Tostitos “Scoops” tortilla chips
  • Refriend Beans (I used fat free to make myself feel better)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Any assortment of toppings you want!

The Directions:

  • Brown the meat and add taco seasoning per package directions.
  • Set the Tostitos “Scoops” in mini muffin tins.

  • Put a little bit of refried beans in the bottom of each scoop.
  • Layer with a small amount of prepared taco meat.

  • Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes.

  • You could continue here and add toppings to each little tiny taco cup… or you could set out your toppings a la Taco Bar.

This seemed easier to me; I thought the kids would enjoy putting their own toppings on and it would keep them involved and in control of how they want to eat their taco cups!

The Results:

Voila! Mini Taco Cups!

I was absolutely right, each one of the kid wanted theirs done up a different way…and they all liked “decorating” their own food for dinner.

SuperDad and I both liked these, too. Baking them in the oven to melt everything together also softened up the chips so they didn’t completely break apart when you bit into them.

What I Would Change:

Nothing! We liked these just the way they were.

Be sure to stop on over at CouponGeek and see how Jaycie’s experiment with crock pot beef stew went. Want to see more of my culinary challenges adventures? Check out other recipes From My Kitchen or ask yourself “What’s New For Dinner?” this week! Be sure to check back on Sunday when I post my weekly menu (and link one up yourself!) to see what I’ve decided to try out on the family next week!


  1. How great! Your kiddos are just adorable! I’m so tickled that you liked them!

  2. Oh, my kids would love this, especially the do-it-yourself topping bar! So cute!!

  3. Great idea! I have avoided tacos because of the mess. Everything goes better in muffin tins. Speaking of which, I got a new cookbook that looks fabulous. I will share if I ever see you again!

  4. Oh how I miss you!

    The tacos were a huge hit…SuperGirl has since asked for more!! They will be on the menu again soon!

  5. Thanks, Liz!

    Actually, I’m just glad I made it AWAY from your site long enough to get them made :) I love it so much I get sucked in every time I go there!!!


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