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Crunchy Beef & Bean Taco Cups

I got this clever and super simple idea from Abby at Manila Spoon.

Crunchy Beef & Bean Taco Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mexican food #recipe

I showed Abby’s photo of these little crunchy taco cups to my daughter and the two friends she had over and they absolutely loved the idea. And since I’m behind on posting  anything for Cinco de Mayo this year, I decided to make this my token fiesta post in honor of the occasion.

It turned out really well because my daughter loves meat, but one of her friends is a vegetarian. This provided a quick and tasty lunch option for all the girls: my girl wanted hers filled with meat (she doesn’t like beans), her vegetarian friend had bean taco cups and the other girl had beef and bean (like me!).  Thank you Abby for a wonderful lunch idea!

Crunchy Beef & Bean Taco Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mexican food #recipe

Beef & Bean Taco Cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 taco cups, or about 4 servings

Serving Size: 3 taco cups


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • About 1/2 lb taco meat
  • Cooked pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack or Fiesta Blend of cheeses
  • Chopped onion and/or jalapeno (optional)
  • For garnish/toppings:
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • A bit of fresh romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Guacamole, Light sour cream or Greek yogurt, Salsa


  1. Prepare your taco meat and beans. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a flat non-stick pan, warm the corn tortillas on both sides to soften them, then mold each tortilla into a cup in the muffin pan, letting them fold and curl as necessary to make a little cup.
  3. Put a tablespoon or so of cheese in the bottom of each cup, add some taco meat and beans to almost fill the cup, then top with a bit of jalapeno and onion (if you like) and then more cheese.
  4. Set the muffin pan in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cups are crisp and the cheese is good and melted and bubbly.
  5. Garnish with tomato, lettuce, and cilantro and serve with your choice of "sides". I let our guests add their own toppings.


RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Crunchy Beef & Bean Taco Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mexican food #recipe

This recipe was shared at Weekend PotluckKatherine Martinelli’s Cinco de Mayo party,What’d You Do this Weekend?,  Mop it Up MondayTuesday’s TableTry a New Recipe Tuesday, Wednesday Extravaganza, Cast Party WednesdayEfforts & Assets Link PartyAll my Bloggy Friends, KM’s Mother’s Day Bloghop and Clever Chicks Bloghop.

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11 Responses

  1. These look so yummy!!

    May 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

  2. wow, very good

    May 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm

  3. These are cute as ever! I’m hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!

    May 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

  4. I will have to try this out! I am a new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Have a great day, Nicole

    May 8, 2013 at 5:34 am

  5. saw this via weekend potluck. they are on my to do list.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

  6. These look SO delicious! We love everything taco here, so I know my family will love them. Thanks for sharing at “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I am featuring this recipe this week! Congratulations! 🙂 🙂 Please stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button from my sidebar for your blog. The post should go live around 11pm Eastern on Monday. I look forward each week to your submissions. 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm

  7. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Mmmm! My kiddos would think these taco cups are the neatest thing!

    May 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

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