Take A Bite Out of These Tacos!

Looking for an appetizer? Maybe you feel like celebrating Taco Tuesday or you need to bring something to a 4th of July party? Give these taco bites a try!  They are rather easy to make and if you don’t like working with fillo dough, you can use the premade fillo shells or Won Ton wrappers if you can find them in the grocery store.  

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Why do I like this appetizer so much? Aside from the ingredients which essentially make it a taco, using the fillo dough creates a very light shell while still giving you some crunch.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground meat ( I used ground turkey for my first batch, but I found I prefer them with ground chicken or beef)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 can of black beans (optional)
  • 1 package of fillo dough (or premade wonton cups if you can find them in your grocery story)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package of shredded cheese
  • Any taco fixings you prefer: I added lettuce, tomato, salsa, and sour cream

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook the meat according to the taco seasoning packet directions and set aside.

3. Drain and rinse the beans, chop roughly and set aside (if you choose to add them).

4. The fillo dough package will most likely come with two individually wrapped packets of fillo dough sheets. Open one packet and immediately refrigerate the remaining unopened package. Unroll the packet of dough.

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5. Take one sheet of fillo dough and spread it out on a cutting board.

TIP: roll the unused sheets of fillo dough back up as you work with each sheet to keep them moist and pliable.

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6.  Next, using a sharp knife, cut the single sheet of fillo dough into squares and then spray each square with cooking spray (or brush them with melted butter) until moistened. You want the squares of dough to be big enough that they stick up a little around the edges of the muffin tray.

TIP: Don’t spray the fillo squares with too much cooking spray or they will become soggy and begin to disintegrate. I like to work with one square at a time; after spraying a square I then will layer it in the muffin tray.

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7. Coat the inside of the nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray and then take the fillo squares and begin to line the muffin tin with them. Be sure to overlap the fillo squares and build up a few layers (I layered 6-8 fillo squares in each).

TIP: This part of the process will take a little time.

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8.  Once your fillo shells are layered you can fill them. At this point you can layer the meat and beans and cheese, or you can mix the beans in with the meat before scooping it into the shells.

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9. Once your uncooked fillo shells are filled, bake for 8 minutes or until the edges of the fillo shells are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

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When the taco bites are done cooking, you can add your topppings and enjoy! The taco bites are tasty hot or cold.20130701-174047.jpg

This Pinterest recipe is by Christene Houston, you can find her site and recipe here.

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