One of the easier and more festive appetizers I’ve ever made is Mini Taco Bites. You may think tacos are reserved only for a Mexican themed party but NO — Mini Taco Bites are great at a BBQ, a Super Bowl type party or even a child’s birthday party (kids love size appropriate food). I love “mini” foods — small versions of larger dishes — as they make for super creative appetizers! And, most importantly, being mini, they are an adorable one bite treat!
Begin by spraying your mini muffin tin with vegetable oil. Next, slice the flour tortilla to make it relatively square. Now cut the tortilla into four equal “squares”. Repeat process for all tortillas. Arrange each small tortilla square into the mini muffin cups and bake at 375º for 7 to 10 minutes (or until just crispy).
Meanwhile, cook your meat in the taco seasoning. When shells and meat are done, arrange the mini tacos on platter and fill with a generous spoonful of meat. Then, in this order, add a little spoonful of each of the following: salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, and a scallion slice. Top it off with a garnish of fresh cilantro. If you like, you can mix up your toppings to suit your own particular tastes — perhaps an olive slice, some hot peppers, fresh chopped tomatoes or shredded lettuce. The ideas are endless!
6 small (7″) flour tortillas (use at room temperature–easier to mold into muffin cups)
Cooking spray (I use Pam’s Original Canola Oil)
1 pound ground meat (beef, turkey or chicken)
1 package taco seasoning
1 package shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream (I always use fat-free)
1 avocado, cut into small bite-size pieces
3-4 scallions, sliced
Fresh cilantro for garnish
Makes 24 Mini Taco Bites