Easy Vegetarian Taco Cups (ready in 20 minutes!)

These easy vegetarian taco cups are a great meal for nights when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner – you can customize them with any of your favorite toppings.

A healthy, fun, and delicious vegetarian meal in 20 minutes! The whole family will love these vegetarian taco cups. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Ever have one of those nights where it’s 4:30…and then 5:00…and then 5:30…and you still have no clue what you’re going to make for dinner? (I have a feeling today is going to be one of those days for me.)

I try my best to meal plan and avoid those last minute decisions but…I have two toddlers. Sometimes the day gets away from me and I still haven’t decided what I’m going to make for dinner. Or perhaps I’m completely exhausted and want to ditch my original plan for an easier, quicker meal.

A healthy, fun, and delicious vegetarian meal in 20 minutes! The whole family will love these vegetarian taco cups. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Thankfully, I usually have a stocked fridge and pantry. Unless I need to make a trip to the grocery store. I was talking to someone recently who said that she doesn’t keep the pantry stocked with canned tomatoes – she only buys them when she specifically needs them for a recipe. It blew my mind! If I didn’t have canned tomatoes, I’d know it was time to go the store. Same thing goes for tortillas, cheese, and beans – three of the main ingredients in this recipe.

When Azteca Foods reached out to me to develop a recipe using their No Artificial Preservative flour tortillas, I knew right away that I’d be making these fun little vegetarian taco cups. Apparently, I think my muffin tins need more use – did you catch the turkey sausage and broccoli egg white frittata muffins I posted earlier this week? I’ve also put macaroni and cheese in muffin tins. Twice. Okay, three times. And even quinoa. And mini meatloaf! Oh…and sometimes I even use them for actual muffins.

Azteca Preservative-Free Tortillas

To make these taco cups, I used a biscuit cutter to cut rounds out of the tortilla (which, by the way, contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors). If you don’t have a biscuit cutter, find a bowl or glass with an opening slightly larger than your muffin tin openings. Place that on the tortilla and then use a knife to cut around the edge, making a circle.

how to make tortilla rounds

Once you have the rounds cut out, spray the muffin tin, and press the tortilla rounds into the muffin tin. Fill with desired fillings (if you plan ahead, you could use homemade refried beans!). This would also be a great meal to use up leftovers after taco night. I don’t know about you, but I don’t love eating the exact same thing two days in a row. You could repurpose the beans (and meat, if you want!) into these taco cups. Viola! It’s basically a whole new meal.

A healthy, fun, and delicious vegetarian meal in 20 minutes! The whole family will love these easy vegetarian taco cups. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

PS: I snuck in a layer of spinach under the beans. You don’t need to precook it at all, it cooks while the taco cups cook. It’s a great way to add a little extra nutritional value and my kids chowed them down. Okay, E chowed them down. N doesn’t eat anything but macaroni and cheese and bananas but we’re working on it.

A healthy, fun, and delicious vegetarian meal in 20 minutes! The whole family will love these easy vegetarian taco cups. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

PPS: FINGER FOOD. What kid wouldn’t love these? Besides my picky little man, of course. But we can’t use him as a barometer of kid-friendly food. Because, again, he dislikes everything.

A healthy, fun, and delicious vegetarian meal in 20 minutes! The whole family will love these easy vegetarian taco cups. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Easy Vegetarian Taco Cups (ready in 20 minutes!)

These easy vegetarian taco cups are a great meal for nights when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner – you can customize them with any of your favorite toppings.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 supersize Azteca No Artificial Preservative flour tortillas
  • 8-10 ounces vegetarian refried beans
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup mexican blend cheese
  • Toppings: Shredded lettuce, sliced scallions, diced tomatoes, salsa, sour cream avocado – anything you’d put on a taco!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut circles out of the tortillas that are slightly bigger than muffin tins – you should be able to get three large circles out of each tortilla. Use a biscuit cutter or a small bowl – if you use a bowl, place it upside down and trace around it with a knife to cut out the circle.
  3. Place the tortilla circle into a muffin tin, forming a cup. Repeat until all 12 tins have been filled with a tortilla.
  4. Into the bottom of the tortilla cup, place 3-4 leaves of spinach, then 2 teaspoons refried beans, and then top with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Tap down gently on counter to settle the cheese down.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy around the edges.
  6. Serve with all your favorite taco toppings!

Note: With tortilla scraps, you can make chips! Place scraps on sheet pan single layer – spray with olive oil spray, sprinkle with salt – bake at 400 deegrees Fahrenheit for 5-6 minutes until crispy and golden brown.

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Verdict: So good! Love the crispy edges and soft filling. And you all know I love anything I can put toppings on!
Husband’s take: Ben adored these. He’d probably be annoyed that I used the word “adored” though.
Changes I would make: None at all!
Difficulty: So easy!

The No Artificial Preservative flour tortillas are part of Azteca’s better-for-you options, which includes tortillas with added Calcium and Vitamin D, a tortilla option made with Ultragrain® Whole Wheat Flour, Organic, Whole Wheat, Low Carb and more. Find them in the refrigerated aisle at Kroger!

Looking for more fun ideas for tortillas? Try Southwestern Cream Cheese Tortilla Roll-ups, Quinoa Hummus Wrap, or Chicken Enchiladas Verde.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Azteca Foods. I was compensated for my time to create this recipe. All opinions are always my own. Thanks for supporting my blog by reading about brands I use and love.

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25 comments

  1. I’m such a fan of bite-sized food!

  2. Love this idea. I will have to check to see if Azteca makes any gluten-free tortillas so I can make these!

  3. Oh yum! This sound so good and is almost like a nacho cup too! I can’t wait to try these, Rachel!

  4. This is right up my alley! Although I would have to fight for them, my boys would make them disappear in 2 seconds.

  5. I have evenings like that at least once a week, and I don’t have two toddlers. LOL. It just happens. Little cups like this of any sort are one of my favorite things, and I’m thinking the tortilla scraps left over after you cut out the rounds could be use for chillaquiles!

  6. These little cups are so cute and the tortillas baked in the muffin tin is a clever idea. Also, these being veggie, they are definitely on the cards!

  7. Oh yeah, I’m definitely putting these on the rotation. I’m in a dinner rut and am in need of new ideas.

  8. These are the cutest dinner ever! Great for Meatless Monday!

  9. These taco cups are so fun! Love the vegetarian twist and the fact that they’re quick and easy!

  10. Ohh my hubby would love these for Sunday :) Totally bookmarking these for parties, thanks Rachel!!

  11. Who doesn’t love finger foods….especially this great recipe. I especially love the “sneaky” spinach. Cannot wait to make these for my next football party!~Carolyn @ Cabot

  12. Oh my goodness, yes – I had one of those days yesterday too so this recipe is perfect! Love these taco cups! They’re so adorable and would be a big hit with my kiddos!

  13. I need a easy delicious recipe like this one today after dealing with a case of bed bugs and endless laundry.

  14. They look good, and I could see this being a meal I could let the grandkids choose what to add to theirs, which always helps be sure they will eat it. I too always have canned tomatoes on hand. I tend to buy them anytime the sale price is good and I have less that a couple dozen on hand in the pantry. Can’t imagine cooking without having canned beans, tomatoes and chicken on hand.

  15. I am so excited to make this recipe. We don’t have kids, but I still love the idea of the spinach at the bottom!

  16. Most of the food I eat is vegetarian, so these would be great for me. Plus they’re too cute! :)

  17. I absolutely love this idea! My kids are huge fans of finger food so these taco cups need to happen! Love Azteca’s tortillas!!

  18. I can imagine these would freeze really well if you par-baked the shell and then added the ingredients. What a lovely gift that would make!

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