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Taco Muffin Cups Recipe

posted by Jaren Dubois on April 20, 2016

Taco Muffin Cups Recipe – These little muffins made with pizza dough and filled with ground beef and taco fixings make a perfect easy weeknight dinner idea!

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Well folks, I’ve got a great change up for your next Taco Tuesday!  And if you are anything like me, then you don’t need it to be Tuesday to crave Mexican food like tacos.  Like I always say, I could eat Mexican food 8 days a week!  Growing up, eating it was a special treat because my dad wasn’t a big fan of the cuisine.  So we got to have tacos on nights when he had a meeting.  And we pretty much never went to a Mexican restaurant as a family.  My mom would take my sister and I to one when we went to town to go shopping.  That was a special treat for sure!  I always got the child’s plate, which was a taco, rice, and beans.  I still love that to this day.

Taco Muffin Cups Recipe - These little muffins made with pizza dough and filled with ground beef and taco fixings make a perfect easy weeknight dinner idea!

And the number one food I craved with all of my pregnancies was Mexican food.   So I just knew that my kiddos would be like me and love that kind of food  as well.  Umm…not so much at first.  They are getting better as they get older and now like tacos with meat and cheese only.  But I had to tell them that a taco was like a great excuse to eat a big chip.  Then they were happy to dig in and chow down.  I’m still working on them ordering Mexican food at Mexican restaurants.  They tend to still want the mac and cheese or the chicken nuggets.

Taco Muffin Cups Recipe - These little muffins made with pizza dough and filled with ground beef and taco fixings make a perfect easy weeknight dinner idea!

But I am so happy to say that they loved this one!  I think the whole idea of the muffin cup for supper was what won them over.   Now of course they left off the fixings and just went with meat and cheese.  But I learned that my oldest now LOVES black beans.  And my oldest son did try one strip of lettuce on his.  We are getting there people!  It’s a process.  My hope is that one day really soon, I’ll have them all ordering the taco, rice, and beans at our favorite Mexican restaurant!  In the mean time, my husband and I will continue to model a love of all things Mexican cuisine!

These muffin cups are super easy with the help of store-bought, refrigerated pizza dough found with the biscuits.  I went with pizza dough rather than biscuits because I wanted a thinner crust.  It worked perfectly in this recipe.  I also went with using a taco seasoning packet, but you could definitely use your own pre-made taco seasoning if you prefer.

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Taco Muffin Cups Recipe - These little muffins made with pizza dough and filled with ground beef and taco fixings make a perfect easy weeknight dinner idea!

Taco Muffin Cups

Preparation 15 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup black beans (canned)
  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/3 of a 16 oz. block of velveeta (Mexican)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Toppings: 1 chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, sliced black olives, sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef. Drain.
  2. Add taco seasoning packet and water. Bring to a simmer. Let cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove dough from can and unroll. Cut dough into 12 squares.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with cooking oil spray.
  5. Place a square of dough into each muffin cup and press down on bottom and up sides lightly.
  6. Fill each cup with ground beef to the top of cup (about a 1/4 cup).
  7. Bake at 425 for 10 to 12 minutes or until dough turns golden brown. Remove from oven.
  8. While muffin cups bake, melt cheese over medium heat with milk. Stir frequently.
  9. To serve: Remove muffin cup from muffin tin. Top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. Serve with sour cream.

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Recipe Notes

-Black beans are optional. They can also be added to muffin cups after filling if you have some that would prefer no beans. Just add about a teaspoon of beans to the muffin cups once you add the meat. -You can use regular Velveeta if you prefer less spice.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 12 muffins
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 3417kcal Calories from fat 1816
% Daily Value
Total Fat 202g311%
Saturated Fat 103g515%
Transfat 5g
Cholesterol 691mg230%
Sodium 8881mg370%
Carbohydrate 204g68%
Dietary Fiber 23g92%
Sugars 42g
Protein 189g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • cookbook queen


    We do tacos once a week and I’m always looking for fun ways to switch it up. This is perfect. The kids will love these little cups!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor


    You can’t go wrong with bite-sized taco cups! I could eat these for lunch, dinner or snack.

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