Mini Beef and Cheese Tacos

Serene Herrera | House of Yumm
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These Mini Beef and Cheese Tacos are the perfect homemade snack for parties. Loaded up with flavorful ground beef and gooey melty cheese, these little bite sized snacks will go fast!

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These Mini Beef and Cheese Tacos are so fun!! Have you ever seen those little frozen tacos that you can get at the market? They’re usually by the frozen taquitos.

I always see them in the market and always think to myself, what a great snack idea. So, I decided that I had to make my own version. These were so much easier than I thought they were going to be.

The ground beef mixture is a play on a taquito filling that I typically will use. It’s super quick and easy to put together.

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It’s based off a recipe for beef taquitos that I came across a long time ago. It’s basically the ground beef cooked and then mixed up with some salsa and seasonings. You can use any salsa that you prefer.

I personally love green salsa, and it’s what I always have on hand in my fridge, so that’s what I tend to use. But the recipe works well with regular red salsa also. Really, anything that you prefer and have on hand is the easiest way to go.

The tortillas I used flour because I wanted to bake these tacos. Whenever I bake corn tortillas for taquitos they tend to crack. So I usually go for flour, they’re a bit sturdier.

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The most time-consuming task of this recipe is cutting out the tortillas. But I found cutting around a drinking glass made it go really quick and easy.

I could cut out about 3 small tortillas from one fajita size tortilla. And hang on to any scraps because you can just brush them in oil, bake, and use as tortilla strips on a salad, like this Southwestern Chicken Salad with Candied Bacon.

To help the tortillas hold the shape of a taco while baking stick a toothpick through the taco. They come out beautifully! I wanted mine pressed together a bit more after they baked, so while they were still warm I used a butter knife and just pressed them together.

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Then when the toothpick is removed, they remain perfect little tacos. You can also press any filling that spilled out while baking back into the taco.

These tacos are a perfect snack for a party or get together. They’re also really fun for the kids to help make! Because miniature food is always more fun. 

Mini Beef and Cheese Tacos Recipe

    32 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Salsa, use your favorite
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 11 Flour Tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and set aside.

  2. In a medium size saucepan over medium heat cook the ground beef, breaking it up while it cooks. Once the meat is mostly cooked, only a little pink, add in the onion.

  3. Continue cooking until the meat is fully browned and the onion is soft. Drain the grease and return the pan to the stove.

  4. Add the salsa, chili powder, salt and pepper to the meat, stir to combine. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes on low heat.

  5. In the meantime, prepare the tortillas by cutting into smaller circles about 2.5-3 inches in diameter. I used a cup and cut around it to create the smaller tortillas. Brush one side of the tortillas with the vegetable oil and spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Once the meat has simmered, spoon about a tablespoon or more (depending on size of tortillas) of the ground beef mixture onto the tortillas. Top with shredded cheese.

  7. Fold the tortillas in half and stick a toothpick through the taco to help hold its shape.

  8. Bake for about 8-10 minutes until the tortillas are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  9. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes.

  10. If any of the tacos opened up while cooking, just use a butter knife and press them back down. You can also use the knife to press any filling back into the tacos that spilled out while baking.

  11. Remove tacos from the baking sheet and serve warm with sour cream or extra salsa! Enjoy! 

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Source: Recipe adapted from Beef Taquitos Recipe on food.com.

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Serene Herrera

About Serene

Serene is the blogger behind House of Yumm, and loves all things Tex-Mex thanks to a Texas transplantation from California. We're so excited she's sharing her favorites with you!