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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Taco Cupcakes

I love interesting food.  And this is one of the most interesting foods I've come across.  Not to mention deeelicious.  I made these for my Bunco group and they were a huge hit.  The variation possibilities are endless.  I made them as the recipe states, but you can add olives, green chiles, different vegetables...whatever your little heart desires.  And they're low-calorie! What could be better?

I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Emily Bites.  I can't wait to try more of her healthy comfort food recipes.

Topped with light sour cream and homemade guacamole, this is comfort food at it's best!

Taco Cupcakes
Recipe by Emily Bites

Serves 8, 1 cupcake per serving

1 ½ t chili oil (I used olive oil because I wanted to keep it mild)
½ lb 95% lean ground beef
1 T taco seasoning
¾ c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
16 wonton wrappers
5 T + 1 t salsa con queso (I used Tostitos because it was on sale)
1 c chunky salsa
1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese

Preheat your oven to 375. Spray 8 muffin tin cups with cooking spray.  Next, heat your oil in a large pan over medium high heat.  Add your ground beef and taco seasoning and brown, breaking up the beef into little crumbles. (I use my Pampered Chef Mix N Chop for that...makes it so easy!)  Now it's time to add the black beans and cook the mixture for a few minutes until warmed through.

Now the fun begins :) Press a wonton wrapper into each of the prepared cups.  Put about a teaspoon of queso into the bottom of each cup and spread across the bottom.  Next, take half the meat mixture and divide it up among the 8 cups. Now divide half of the salsa mixture between the 8 cups.  Then take 1/2 of the cheese and sprinkle a little into each cup.

For the second layer, press a wonton wrapper on top and repeat the layering of the queso, meat mixture, salsa and cheese.

Starting the 2nd layer
Just before baking
Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes...the wrappers will be golden brown and the filling will be a little bubbly. They come out of the tin easier if you let them cool for about 5 minutes. I know, I know! It was hard for me to wait too :)
Ole! The finished product!  I was cooking for a crowd so I doubled the recipe.
Nutritional Information:  Per Serving (from Mastercook): 184 Calories; 8g Fat (39.8% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 23mg Cholesterol; 512mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

5 WWP+

Note:  My nutritional information varies from that on the Emily Bites.  I'm thinking it's due to varying ingredient brands.  I use Mastercook software to calculate my nutritional values.  I recommend doublechecking nutritional values with whatever ingredient brands you're using.

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  1. These look so good but I'm afraid if I made them I'd eat like ten of them or something... lol.

    How's your son doing? And how are you doing?

    1. I make a meal out of two of them and a salad. They're REALLY good :)

      My son is doing great, it's so nice to have him healthy again. I'm doing well too, thanks so much for asking. I went to the dr. for my bum foot and now hoping to find the time to get outside and start exercising again. How's everything with you?

    2. Glad to hear it! I'm doing good. Still stuck in the not exercising rut, but have been pretty good about food and the scale is going down in little hops. I'm pretty okay with that.

    3. It looks so delicious. I’m going to try this in this weekend. I like the shape of this cupcake.

  2. It looks so yummy and I like the color of it. I will try this very soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Thanks a lot for your detailed recipe. It’s tempting me. These photos show your cooking talent. I mean colour, shape and look everything is eye catching. So no doubt this must be so tasty.

  4. Taco cupcakes! What an innovative recipe. Usually when it comes to cupcakes all of us think that it'll be sweet but this one is different.

  5. I’m a huge fan of spicy things. When it comes to cup cake, sugary taste comes to our mind. But thank god luckily I didn’t give up reading this post. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.

  6. I love cup cakes but I have already tried sugary recipes. This is quite different. Hope to try this very soon.

  7. I kind of visually tasted it and visually smelt it while it was baking.. deleecious! :)

  8. I love the cooking process, very enjoyable I'm sure. Interesting!

  9. This seems be nice and yummy and thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

  10. Most of all, I love the shape of this food, pretty sure it's yummy judging by all the sweet ingredients.

  11. Looks like a flower, looks gorgeous when baked, tastes really good I'm thinking..

  12. I tried this recipe on last weekend. Everyone enjoyed it and asked for the recipe. So I'm going to share this with my friends.

  13. I love it and its cup cakes are my favorites.