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.
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.
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? And even quinoa. And mini meatloaf! Oh…and sometimes I even use them for actual muffins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More fun ideas for tortillas:
Looking for delicious ways to use that package of tortillas in your fridge? Here’s a few ideas for you:
- 4 supersize Azteca No Artificial Preservatives flour tortillas
- 10 ounces vegetarian refried beans
- 1/2 cup loosely packed baby spinach
- 3/4 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
- Toppings: Shredded lettuce, sliced scallions, diced tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, avocado
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- 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.
- Place the tortilla circle into a muffin tin, forming a cup. Repeat until all 12 tins have been filled with a tortilla.
- 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.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy around the edges.
- Serve with all your favorite taco toppings!
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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.