Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Make Mini Tacos

So a month ago I made these mini lasagnas and they turned out to be a big hit! Apparently miniaturized food is great for wedding receptions, dinner parties... so what's better than mini lasagnas? Mini tacos, of course! I took this recipe from Delish and decided to see if they were just as good as the mini lasagnas.

To make 24 mini tacos, you'll need:

1. 24 won ton wrappers (mine were in the same aisle as the cheese, tofu, yogurt, etc.)
2. 1 lb. of ground beef
3. 1 package of taco seasoning mix
4. 2 Tablespoons of Pace Picante Sauce

And for the toppings, you can add anything like:
1. Shredded Mexican cheese blend (maybe 2 oz.)
2. Sour cream
3. Salsa

Start by preheating your oven to 425 and cook your beef until it's brown.

While the beef is cooking, add 24 wonton wrappers to the inside of cupcake pans.

Once the beef is no longer pink, drain the fat and add your taco seasoning mix, as well as 2 Tablespoons of sauce (which helps if it's a bit dry).

Now I found 1 Tablespoon of beef was perfect for each won ton wrapper and filled 24 no problem (anymore than a Tablespoon and it starts to spill over). Top with salsa and cheese and place in the oven for 5 minutes.

Once the wrappers are turning golden brown and the cheese starts to melt, it's time to take them out.

Give them a few minutes to cool adding your toppings and devouring. Now... are they as good as the mini lasagnas? I give this a resounding yes! While they were a bit messier, they were still delicious and I may or may not have eaten a third of the batch... by myself... in one sitting. Whoops. However, do they make good leftovers? Well, I refrigerated mine over night and popped them in the microwave the next and the wrapper went from crispy to floppy (like hard shell tacos to soft shell). Oh well, at least they still tasted good!

TOTAL COSTS: About $14 to make 24 mini tacos
$3.19 for won ton wrappers
$3.89 for 1 lb. of ground beef
$.99 for a package of taco seasoning mix
$2.68 for Pace Picante Sauce
$3.29 for shredded Mexican cheese blend

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: About 30 minutes
What took the most time was the beef cooking, since it was still pretty frozen!

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 1 out of 5
Seriously, if you don't know how to cook, you can easily impress your friends by making these delicious and simple appetizers! And even if there is no special occasion, make these for dinner and see just how many you eat without realizing it!

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