Tasty Taco Cups are quick & easy handheld tacos for kids. These crunchy taco cups are made with tortillas, filled with seasoned meat, then baked to cheesy perfection!
With families eating so many tacos, sometimes it’s nice to change it up. The next time your family decides on tacos for dinner, try these Baked Taco Cups.
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This kid-friendly dinner is quick & delicious. Kids like being able to choose their own toppings, so offer them on the table for your family to customize themselves.
Mexican-inspired dishes are served at least weekly in my house. Over the years, we’ve made a lot of tacos to find our favorites. I finally created a list of our top picks. If you are looking for more of our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes, give these a try!
HOW TO MAKE Kid-Friendly Tacos
Start by browning the meat in a skillet. We use ground beef, turkey, chicken, or pork depending on the day for these kid-friendly tacos. We recommend picking the meat-based on what is on sale at your local grocer and/or what is preferred by your family.
Next, add the spices. We like a combination of onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. If you want to cut time, you can skip the spices and use a taco seasoning packet.
INGREDIENT SWAP: If using ground chicken for this recipe, our Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning is the best spice blend.
Then, add in a can of diced tomatoes. We suggest petite diced tomatoes to limit large chunks of tomatoes and for better acceptance from kids. You could also use fresh diced tomato.
Next, add a can of refried beans or use our simple crockpot refried bean recipe. Stir well until combined.
Tasty Taco Cups
Time to make your taco cups! Fold your tortillas, bending to fit into the muffin tin. We recommend using fajita-sized tortillas.
If you only have large flour tortillas at home, you can use a cookie cutter or glass cup to cut circles into the tortillas to make a perfect size. If using a glass cup, turn upside down and gently twist the top of the cup into the tortilla until it slices through.
INGREDIENT SWAP: You can swap the tortilla for corn tortillas, a wonton wrapper, or crescent rolls for tasty variations.
Once your tortilla cups are in your muffin tin, evenly distribute the cooked taco meat into cups.
Dietitian Tip: These crunchy taco cups cut fat and calories compared to store-bought tortilla bowls and add more nutrition with the addition beans and veggies.
Top with your taco cups with shredded cheese if desired then, bake for 8-10 minutes.
Finally, let your family top their individual taco cups with their favorite toppings.
- Black Olives
- Greek Yogurt
- Sour cream
I hope your family enjoys these crunchy taco cups. It is nice to skip traditional tacos every now and then to make these tacos for kids. This recipe is definitely on the menu next Taco Tuesday 🙂
Tacos for Toddlers
Have toddlers? If you have toddlers at home and would like to make these in a smaller version, we suggest using a mini muffin tin.
Microwave corn tortillas for 10 seconds in the microwave then place them into the tin or cut flour tortillas into smaller sizes and position them into the mini muffin tin. Follow the instructions as-is for mini taco cups.
KID-FRIENDLY MEXICAN RECIPES:
- Crock Pot Refried Beans
- Bean Dip
- Mexican Corn Chip Casserole
- Gyro Pork Tacos
- More Mexican Inspired Dinner Ideas
MEAL IDEAS FOR KIDS:
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- muffin tin
- measuring cups and spoons
- 1 lb. ground turkey browned and drained
- 15 oz. can refried beans
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes drained
- 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. cumin or chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 10 6 inch flour tortilla shells fajita size
- Preheat the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
- Brown meat and add seasonings. Brown meat then drain and return to pan. Stir in diced tomatoes, refried beans, and spices.
- Fold tortillas then fill. Fold flour tortillas to fit into muffin tins. Divide meat mixture evenly between tortillas. Top with cheese and desired toppings.
- Bake. Bake 8-10 minutes or until shells are crispy and browned
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