Mini Taco Cups: Easy Appetizer Recipe for a Party


These Mini Taco Cups are a delicious and easy appetizer to feed a crowd that you will find yourself making time and time again!

Happy Holidays! Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing one of my family’s favorite appetizer recipes, Mini Taco Tarts! 

mini taco cups with a bowl of salsa on a wooden cutting board

With New Year’s Eve just a few days away and the Super Bowl coming up in a few weeks, this recipe for Mini Taco Cups is just what you need. 

These Mini Taco Cups are so versatile! They are a great low key appetizer that you will only spend a few minutes on and they are perfect for cocktail parties or tailgate parties! I have been known to serve them as a light dinner too! My daughters scarf these up and make Taco Tuesday all the more fun!

I have been bringing these little mini tacos to parties because I love that I can make them the night before, refrigerate and then bake right before I need them! There is nothing better than a no stress, make ahead appetizer.

How to Make Mini Taco Cups

These mini tacos only take minutes and you can make them the night before and bake right before serving!

Mini Taco Cups on a wooden cutting board

What you need: 

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Kitchen Tools Needed: 

 Ingredients Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Cooking Tips:

Cook ground beef until browned.

Add ground beef to a skillet with the taco seasoning and brown until cooked through. 

Add taco sauce, salsa and simmer.

Add meat to phyllo cups, top with cheese, and then bake. Serve with salsa!

Mini Taco Cups with a bowl of salsa on a wooden cutting board
These Mini Taco Tarts are a delicious and easy appetizer that you will find yourself making time and time again!
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Mini Taco Cups

These Mini Taco Cups are the perfect party appetizer for any crowd! Easy to make and uses minimal ingredients, this will become your new go to appetizer recipe!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mini taco cups, tacos
Servings: 8
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Amanda Dorich


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 24 mini phyllo cups
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream, salsa for serving


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add ground beef to a skillet. Cook until no longer brown. Add taco sauce, taco seasoning, and salsa. Stir then simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Line phyllo cups on a sheet pan. Add a scant teaspoon (a cookie scoop works great!) to each cup. Top with cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.


Serving: 3tarts | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 856mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 881IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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Originally published December 2018. Updated February 2020.

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