Taco Cupcakes and Tournament Championships

Just over an hour until the big game! Is everyone as excited as I am?? Most years, watching March Madness as a Kansas fan is a nerve-wracking process – you’re always steeling yourself against the inevitable disappointment. This year has been just as nerve-wracking — more so — but somehow the Jayhawks are playing in the national championship. I am so excited!

Here’s some more great basketball-watching food. I made this for dinner, but it would also work well as game-time finger food. They’re tasty and hand-held and kinda cute, too. Feel free to tinker with the recipe – you can adjust things depending on what you like/have around.

TACO CUPCAKES (recipe from Emily Bites)

1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 tbsp taco seasoning
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
16 wonton wrappers
1 cup guacamole, bean dip, or queso dip
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Brown hamburger in skillet and add taco seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes. When browned, add black beans and continue to cook until beans are heated through.
  3. Push a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each of eight muffin tin cups. Spoon small amount of guacamole/bean dip/queso dip in each wonton. Top with spoonful of meat mixture and spoonful of salsa, then top with shredded cheese. Press another wonton wrapper on top of each muffin tin cup, and repeat layers of dip, meat, salsa, and cheese.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin.

I may have eaten a few more of these than I meant to…whoops. This was also a great way to use up some leftover wonton wrappers I had laying around. Enjoy, and ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

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3 thoughts on “Taco Cupcakes and Tournament Championships

  1. Had to let you know – – made these tonight and OH MY. They are fantastic. I used a homemade queso (Velveeta & Picante Sauce). I forgot to layer in a spoonful of salsa, so we just topped them off with salsa and lettuce. Delicious. Will be a welcome addition to our menu options.

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