Taco Bites {Recipe}

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.Tacos are always a hit in our house, but my kids are still at the stage where those regular hard taco shells end up becoming a crumbled mess on their plates.  The other day, as it was already 6:30pm and we were all starving, I was scrambling for a FAST (and easy) dinner solution, I stumbled upon a solution so simple and yet so perfect, I couldn’t believe I had never thought of it before.

Taco Bites.

All the yumminess of a taco in a handy bite-sized package.  I’m probably not the first person to ever come up with this idea, but I gotta tell ya, I was pretty darn proud of myself for this one!  It didn’t hurt that my family gobbled them up like they had never seen food before and I was declared the best mommy ever.  As usual, I used vegetarian protein crumbles instead of ground beef, but the directions are basically the same either way!

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.  Perfect for kids who have trouble managing regular taco shells.  Makes a great appetizer too!

Here is what you need:

1-2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
vegetarian protein crumbles (such as Boca or Morningstar) or 1 lb. ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 bag scoop-style tortilla chips
shredded cheese
sliced olives or jalepenos
salsa
sour cream
lettuce & diced tomatoes, if desired!

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.  Perfect for kids who have trouble managing regular taco shells.  Makes a great appetizer too!

Step One:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in large frying pan over medium-high heat; add onions & sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add protein crumbles or ground beef; cook until meat is browned.  (Drain fat if necessary).  Add taco seasoning & 1/2 cup of water.  Cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.

Step Two:  Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.  Arrange whole scoop chips on pan.

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.

Step Three:  Use a teaspoon to fill each cup with taco meat.

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.

Step Four: Sprinkle shredded cheese over taco meat, then top each bite with a sliced olive or jalepeno.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.

Step Five:  Serve immediately with salsa, sour cream, & other toppings, if desired.

Taco Bites--full taco flavor in a handy little bite-sized package.  Perfect for kids who have trouble managing regular taco shells.  Makes a great appetizer too!

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  • Michelle May 22,

    This looks so yummy!

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  • Kristen @ Joyfullythriving May 22,

    Isn’t it funny how the simplest ideas are often the best? Great idea, Ruth! I like the variation on nachos (as well as tacos) – but easier to hold and eat!

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  • Claire @ A Little Claireification May 23,

    We love scoops around here – always a huge hit with the kids too! These look so yummy.
    xoxo

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  • Cherish May 26,

    That would make such a cute appetizer! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Rebekah @ Making Miracles May 29,

    Those are completely adorable and look so YUMMY!

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  • Krista Low May 30,

    I love these cute little taco bites! I am a huge taco fan and sometimes it’s just fun to change things up a bit. I’m loving the individual size of these! A Crowd pleaser I’m sure :) Thank you so much for linking up with me @ Great Idea Thursday’s! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  • Rachel - A Southern Fairytale May 31,

    Love these! We make nachos using scoops all the time! Perfect bite size bites!
    Thank you for linking these up at Mouthwatering Mondays!

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  • M June 5,

    I love the simplicity of this, but it looks time consuming!

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