VIDEO: Mini Taco Cups the whole family will love!

Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot cuter! Get the whole family involved and make these adorable mini taco cups made with homemade hard taco boats! 

Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot cuter! Get the whole family involved and make these adorable mini taco cups made with homemade hard taco boats!

There is something about taco Tuesday that I’ve always been obsessed with. Actually, I think taco Tuesday was the first “blue lunch,” as we called it (because the trays were blue), that I ever tried in high school. I love being able to customize my own taco. I like extra toppings, duh. Tacos are the one food that I ALWAYS ORDER if it’s on the menu –> breakfast tacos, fish tacos, vegetarian tacos…you name it, I’ll order it! One of my favorite places to get tacos in Milwaukee (which is where I am right now!) is called Bel Air Catina. They’re a fusion restaurant and their taco menu is outrageous. The margarita menu is too. I’m a lightweight and lets just say those margaritas hit me like WOAH. 

Lin and I were trying to think of creative ways to bring the average taco to FFF because we already have so many delightful taco recipes and then these bad boys were born.  

Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot cuter! Get the whole family involved and make these adorable mini taco cups made with homemade hard taco boats!

We figured it would be a bit easier to understand and just more fun to make a video out of this. I think our video guy, Christian, was happy too…because he reaps the benefits of what we make on video day :D I feel like I eat 4x the amount of a normal person on video. #cantletanyofitgotowaste You feel?

So these taco cups are very customizable. You are more than welcome to use any meat you want and any toppings, for that matter! Some how Linley convinced me these needed black olives. Obviously I picked them out of mine. Just being real here. 

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Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot cuter! Get the whole family involved and make these adorable mini taco cups made with homemade hard taco boats!

Recipe

Mini Taco Cups the whole family will love!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

For the Chicken Taco Meat

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • salt, to taste

For the Tortilla Boats

For the Rest of the Tacos

  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo/salsa
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup black olives
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

Instructions

For the Chicken Taco Meat

  1. Place olive oil and minced garlic on a nonstick skillet and heat to medium/high heat. Then, add ground chicken and brown. Once it’s almost fully cooked, add spices and maple syrup and finish cooking.

For the Tortilla Boats

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Begin by placing tortillas in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Then, place on the backside of a muffin tin so that they create a boat-like shape. The bigger the muffin tin you use, the more you can cook at once.
  4. THOROUGHLY spray each taco shell with nonstick cooking spray on both sides and then season with sea salt. Option to use a squeeze of lime.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for around 8 minutes, or until golden brown.

For the Rest of the Tacos

  1. Assemble tacos by placing lettuce on the bottom of a taco shell, followed by about 1/4 cup of meat. Then, top with pico, cheese, black olives, and Greek yogurt.

Notes

-Taco shells: we found that normal white tortillas cook better and become crunchier than the corn tortillas. Make sure you give them a good spray with cooking spray and let them cook long enough! We also found it’s best to eat the shells ASAP as they might get stale if you let them sit out.
-Taco meat: option to use any kind of meat that you desire.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 252
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 17
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 18
Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot cuter! Get the whole family involved and make these adorable mini taco cups made with homemade hard taco boats!
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