Easy Taco Cups

Savory ground beef & melty cheddar cheese are stuffed inside wonton wrappers & baked until crispy! These easy taco cups are perfect served as an appetizer or a fun way to switch up your taco night! (Great for Super Bowl parties, appetizer parties or anytime your craving tacos in finger food form!)

A serving plate filled with easy taco cups made with wonton wrappers topped with sour cream, guacamole and chopped cilantro

How fun are these taco cups?! Since we love anything involving tacos, I already knew these would be a hit. But I didn’t realize how much of a hit they’d be! Meaty, cheesy, crispy – everything you love about tacos packed into a tasty handheld snack!

These tacos cups are made with wonton wrappers instead of tortillas so they’re much lighter and easier to eat. (Making them perfect for appetizer parties, football parties, birthday parties or any time your taco craving hits!) Mix and match them with your favorite toppings for even more fun!

Ingredients used to make taco cups

Ingredients You’ll Need

Wonton wrappers: Used as the base for your taco cups! You’ll need 2 wonton wrappers per cup.

Ground beef: Any type of ground beef works for this recipe! (I used 90/10 for ours.)

Cheddar cheese: We love using sharp cheddar cheese! (I love the bold flavor it adds to your taco filling!) Any type of cheddar or Mexican cheese blend would work too.

Canned petite diced tomatoes: It’s important to use petite diced tomatoes so you don’t end up with large chunks of tomatoes in your cups.

Spices: Chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper are used to season your ground beef mixture!

A close up photo of a metal baking tin filled with wonton wrapper stuffed with a ground beef taco filling
A metal muffin tin filled with wonton wrappers stuffed with seasoned ground beef and cheese ready to be baked

How To Make Taco Cups

1. Preheat the oven. Turn your oven on to 400 degrees and spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. Make the taco filling. Add a splash of olive oil to a large skillet. Once hot, add the onions and sauté until tender. Add the ground beef and seasonings and cook until the beef is browned and cooked through. (About 3-4 minutes)

3. Assemble the cups. Place one wonton wrapper in the center of each cup of your prepared tin. (Press it down slightly so it forms to the cup.) Add a small layer of cheese and another wonton wrapper on top. (Again, gently press the wonton down so it “sticks” to the cheese layer.) Spoon one tablespoon of the ground beef mixture into each cup and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

4. Bake. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 13-17 minutes or until the wontons are toasted and the cheese has melted. (We like ours pretty crispy so I usually let mine bake for the whole 17 minutes. Every oven is different though so I’d suggest checking your cups around the 10 minute mark to make sure they’re not burning.)

5. Garnish & serve! Garnish with your favorite toppings and serving immediately.

A close up photo of a cheesy taco cup topped with traditional taco toppings

Toppings!

Make these crunchy taco cups your own and serve them with all the BEST taco toppings! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole or diced avocado
  • Sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced black olives

Serving these taco cups for a party? Make a fun taco bar for your guests! Serve your cups on a tray and provide a variety of toppings for your guests to pick & choose! It’s so much fun! (I’m thinking these would be a fantastic Super Bowl snack this weekend!)

6 taco cups on a serving tray topped with sour cream, homemade guacamole, chopped tomatoes and cilantro

FAQ’s

  • Can I use a different type of meat? Absolutely! Ground turkey or ground chicken would also be delicious!
  • Where can I find wonton wrappers? Most grocery stores keep them in the refrigerated section next to the cheese and eggs.
  • Can I make these taco cups in advance? You can cooked the taco meat and shred the cheese 1-2 days in advance. When your ready to serve, reheat your taco meat in the microwave or on the stove, assemble the cups and bake!
A serving tray filled with crispy cheesy taco cups surrounded but a bowl of ground beef taco filling, fresh lime wedges and cilantro

Why you’ll love this taco cup recipe!

  • So flavorful! Boldly seasoned ground beef + melty cheese + crispy wontons…what’s not to love?! Add a dollop of sour cream or guacamole for even more flavor!
  • Inexpensive! Most of these ingredients are relatively cheap or are pantry staples you already have at home!
  • An easy handheld appetizer! Finger foods are a must when it comes to appetizer parties! These taco cups are the perfect grab & go snack!

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A serving plate filled with easy taco cups made with wonton wrappers topped with sour cream, guacamole and chopped cilantro
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Easy Taco Cups

Savory ground beef & melty cheddar cheese are stuffed inside wonton wrappers & baked until crispy! These easy taco cups are perfect served as an appetizer or a fun way to switch up your taco night! (Great for Super Bowl parties, appetizer parties or anytime your craving tacos in finger food form!)
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Total Time32 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Game day
Keyword: appetizer recipes, cheese, ground beef, taco bites, taco cups, wonton wrappers
Servings: 12 cups
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • 24 wonton wrappers (2 per cup)
  • 1 lb. ground beef (I used 90/10)
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) canned petite diced tomatoes (drained)
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ of a white onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, guacamole, chopped cilantro, tomatoes, etc.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven. Turn your oven on to 400 degrees and spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Make the taco filling. Add a splash of olive oil to a large skillet. Once hot, add the onions and sauté until tender.
    Add the ground beef and seasonings and cook until the beef is browned and cooked through. (About 3-4 minutes)
    Add the canned tomatoes (drained) and continue cooking until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. (About 5-7 minutes)
  • Assemble the cups. Place one wonton wrapper in the center of each cup of your prepared tin. (Press it down slightly so it forms to the cup.)
    Add a small layer of cheese and another wonton wrapper on top. (Again, gently press the wonton down so it "sticks" to the cheese layer.)
    Spoon one tablespoon of the ground beef mixture into each cup and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Bake. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 13-17 minutes or until the wontons are toasted and the cheese has melted. (We like ours pretty crispy so I usually let mine bake for the whole 17 minutes. Every oven is different though so I'd suggest checking your cups around the 10 minute mark to make sure they're not burning.)
    Once done, run a sharp knife around the edge of each cup and pop the taco cups of the tin.
  • Garnish & serve! Garnish with your favorite toppings and serving immediately.

Notes

Note: Once the taco cups are removed from the tin, they’ll crisp up more as they cool.

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4 Comments

  1. A great treat and conversation piece, delicious appetizer. We love it😛

  2. Flour+Fire

    I made these today but used Mexican spiced pinto beans and fire roasted corn instead of meat and they are amazing. I am making more tonight but will use Cuban black beans for a meatless taco Tuesday. Thanks so much for this great recipe!! Simple but impressive (garnished with pickled red onion, green onions, Jalapeños and sour cream).

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