Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups

Everything just tastes better when it’s baked in individual portions.

The cute factor makes it hard to resist devouring the whole batch.

Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups - Fast, easy, and accidentally healthy! Your favorite taco fixings in individually-portioned cups!! So fun!!!

Whip up the taco cups for a fast and easy dinner option on busy weeknights. Extras can be easily tossed into lunches for the next day.

Or they’re perfect as an easy party appetizer that tastes more complicated than it really is. They’re also accidentally healthy and vegetarian. Consider it a New Year’s resolution recipe.

Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups - Fast, easy, and accidentally healthy! Your favorite taco fixings in individually-portioned cups!! So fun!!!

The taco cups are ready in 30 minutes with ingredients you likely already have on hand: taco shells, canned black beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado. You can bump it up to eight layers if you want to throw in some canned black olives or canned jalepeno peppers.

February is National Canned Food Month. A well-stocked cantry helps you make nutritious and flavorful meals you can feel good about serving, and cans help you save prep time and get a healthy meal on the table more often.

Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups - Fast, easy, and accidentally healthy! Your favorite taco fixings in individually-portioned cups!! So fun!!!

You can keep them vegan by using vegan cheese and vegan sour cream. Or if you have leftover chicken or beef, use that instead of, or in addition to the beans.

The cumin-dusted beans, the gooey cheese, the juicy tomatoes, and the slight heat from the salsa with the cooling sour cream and creamy avocado made these an automatic hit with my family.

Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups - Fast, easy, and accidentally healthy! Your favorite taco fixings in individually-portioned cups!! So fun!!!

I just loved them because they literally have all my favorite savory ingredients in every bite.

I could never get sick of these.

Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups - Fast, easy, and accidentally healthy! Your favorite taco fixings in individually-portioned cups!! So fun!!!

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Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups

Everything just tastes better when it's baked in individual portions. The taco cups ready in 30 minutes with ingredients you likely already have on hand: taco shells, canned black beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado. Whip up the taco cups for a fast and easy dinner option for busy weeknights. Extras can be easily tossed into lunches for the next day. They’re perfect as an easy party appetizer that tastes more complicated than it really is. They’re also accidentally healthy and vegetarian. The cumin-dusted beans, the gooey cheese, the juicy tomatoes, and the slight heat from the salsa with the cooling sour cream and creamy avocado made these an automatic hit with my family.

Yield: 6 taco cups (easily doubled, tripled, etc.)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

six 5-inch tortillas (I used white corn tortillas)
one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
one 3.8-ounce can sliced black olives, optional
one 4-ounce can sliced jalepeno peppers, optional
cumin, for sprinkling
1 medium ripe tomato, diced (Roma or vine-ripened)
about 1 cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend, Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack, queso fresco, etc.)
salsa, for garnishing
sour cream, for garnishing
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and diced for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan with cooking spray or grease the pan; set aside. Tip - Recipe as written yields 6 cups rather than 12 so I stagger the cups in the pan to allow each to have a bit more overhang room.
  2. Add 6 tortillas to prepared pan, pressing them down lightly. The edges will naturally fold in.
  3. Add about 2 tablespoons beans to each cup. (You'll have a small amount of beans left over; save for a future use).
  4. Optionally, add a few olives and jalepeno peppers to each cup, to taste.
  5. Sprinkle each cup with a generous pinch of cumin.
  6. Add about 2 tablespoons tomatoes to each cup.
  7. Add about 3 tablespoons cheese to each cup.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until cheese has melted and tortilla shells are lightly golden browned around the edges. Allow cups to cool in pan for about 5 minutes before removing; this helps them set up so they're less prone to tearing or breaking. Important tip - When removing cups, even though you can lift them up and out with your fingers, use a spoon to lift them out because it gives support to the base so the bottoms don't give way and break.
  9. Garnish each cup with salsa, sour cream, and avocado as desired. Serve immediately. Cups are best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days (don't garnish them if you plan to save as leftovers) and can be lightly reheated in the micro and garnished before serving.

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41 comments

  1. Okay, we’re just loving these taco cups. I’m going to pin these for my wife to make, we love bite sized portions here. (She does the cooking and I do all the shopping and now we are both happy with this arrangement…..a happy wife = a happy life)

    And there nutritious which helps with you know, those New Year’s Resolutions.

  2. Tacos in a cup–a fun idea for a meal at home or to take to a party. These would be so much easier to transport than regular tacos!

  3. Is it bad that I want these cups for breakfast?! Such a fun idea, Averie! I would totally be snackin’ on these cuties all day long. Pinned!

  4. Everything is cute about these, except for me when I shove 10 of them in my mouth in record time ;)

  5. Mexican food is always a hit at our house. And I like that these are customizable for each person’s individual taste. Yum!

  6. I so have to do this. Portion control at it’s finest…unless I eat 6. :) Pinned!!

  7. I love these!! So adorable and delicious…Plus, they’re gluten free, which is awesome for my fam! Gotta add these to the Superbowl party menu! :)

  8. Superbowl here we come! These are perfect for this month! Pinned!

  9. oh that is so cute and festive. Perfect for the spread at Game Day!

  10. I wish I had these for lunch today!!

    • I was just at Fash Valley and went to Anthro, Sur La, W-S, and thought of you the whole time! I didn’t actually buy anything from any of those stores b/c the Anthro sale stuff wasn’t for me and well, Sur and W-S don’t have ‘sales’ but I wish :)

  11. My name is Julie and I’m a tacoholic. I’d totally eat ALL of these little taco gems, Averie!

  12. Aww they’re so cute! Love that there are so many amazing flavors packed into such a small bite. Good things come in small packages ;)

  13. Averie love this idea!!! So cute!!

  14. Love everything about this…individual sized…vegetarian…customizable so you can make even the pickiest eater happy. Yum!!!

  15. I could pop about a dozen of these right now!

  16. Do you think refried beans could be substituted for the black beans? This looks delicious and I really want to try it!!

  17. I made these for dinner ( with lots of jalapeños) and they were delicious. Thanks for the yummy, easy recipe!

  18. These look amazing:) I love everything with avocado in it :D

  19. This couldn’t have been easier, and vegetarian refried beans worked perfectly as a substitute for the non-vegetarian beans my husband accidentally bought. Can’t wait to try again with black beans!

  20. You nailed it…cute little food is just so much more fun to eat!!! I am all about portion control right now, so these are perfect. Well, unless I forget how many I ate :-) And I’m sure my kids would go nuts for these too!!! Pinned :-)

  21. Taco cups… with six layers?! You’re genius! I’m pinning this… because I NEED to make them.

  22. We love taco cups!! We put anything and everything in them but I have to say yours are definitely healthier – can’t wait to give them a try! So, SO cute! Pinned!

  23. Accidentally healthy <– those are the best kinds of recipes! And yes, the cuteness factor makes me want to eat about 27 of these little guys. In the name of healthy and all that. ;)

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