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Taco Cups – a great appetizer or even fun dinner! Use wonton wrappers to make little crispy cups and fill with your favorite taco toppings!

We all know that Mexican food is one of my favorite things. These are obviously not traditional at all, but they are fun, easy and delicious! I first shared this recipe back in 2011 when I first started blogging. Needless to say, the recipe was not written well, the pictures were horrible, and it really needed a face lift.

So it is time to bring these Taco Cups back to life, because they are tasty and fun to serve at parties or just for dinner!

crispy taco cups arrange on a serving platter topped with sour cream and tomatoes


What You’ll Need

This really is subject to what your family likes, there are lots of different options (see below for more ideas), but this is the basic easy version.

That is the basics. But then you can get really creative from there. Top with whatever you like, and even mix up the filling a little.

wonton wrappers in muffin tin with ground beef and cheese next to it

How To Make Taco Cups

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

  1. Start by browning the ground beef and adding the taco seasoning to make your classic taco meat you make for normal tacos.
  2. Spray a 12 cup muffin cup really well with non-stick spray. Arrange 12 wonton wrappers in the base of the muffin in. Be careful to just gently press in the wrappers and not tear them.
  3. Add about 1 tablespoon of meat into each cup, and top with a little bit of cheddar cheese.
  4. Place a wonton wrapper over the meat and repeat with a 2nd layer.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the wonton wrappers are golden and crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven, remove the cups from the muffin tin and top with your desired toppings.
partially filled taco cups

Taco Topping Ideas

You really can use whatever you like here, you can leave them plain or top them with everything!

crispy taco cups in muffin tin

Recipe Variations

  • I used ground beef for this recipe, but you can use almost any protein you can think of! Want to make it vegetarian, use those Impossible Beef Crumbles. Want Chicken? I love this Instant Pot Chicken Taco meat, but you could also just pick up rotisserie chicken and toss it with taco seasoning. It is great for leftover meat, or use ground turkey or ground chicken. You really can make it different every time!
  • Use Beans! My family is a big fan of using Refried Beans for the first layer. This way you can also make a lot more of the taco cups. Just follow the recipe as written, and use 1 Tablespoons of refried beans and cheese in the bottom layer, top with a wonton wrapper and use ground beef and cheese on the 2nd layer.
  • I used cheddar cheese for this recipe, but you really can use whatever cheese you like. Cobly, Mexican blend, Pepper Jack…..whatever you like and have on hand works great.
crispy wonton taco cup cut in half on a white plate

These little crunchy taco cups make for a great appetizer for a party, game day, or any type of get together. Especially if you set out a little bar with toppings and people can assemble their own.

But it also makes a fun and quick dinner. If you are serving as a meal here are a couple of easy Side Dish Recipes to go with it.


This does make quite a few little taco cups, so if you have leftovers don’t worry! Store them in an air tight container and then just pop them back in the oven to reheat them. They will crisp up again and work great.

close up wonton taco cups for pinterest

More Tasty Mexican Recipes

Yield: 12

Taco Cups

cropped square close up wonton taco cups

Taco Cups - a great appetizer or even fun dinner! Use wonton wrappers to make little crispy cups and fill with your favorite taco toppings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Favorite Taco Toppings


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin well with non-stick spray. Gently press 12 wonton wrappers into the muffin tin. Be careful not to tear the wrappers.
  2. In a large skillet brown ground beef until cooked. Drain any grease away. Add taco seasoning and water called for on the packet or in the recipe. Simmer for a couple minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of ground beef into the bottom of each wonton cup. Top with about 1 Tablespoon of cheese.
  4. Top each cup with another wonton wrapper and gently press in to form a cup.
  5. Fill with about 1 Tablespoon more of meat and cheese.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the wonton wrappers are golden and crispy.
  7. Remove from the oven, remove the cups from the muffin tin and top with your desired toppings.


See blog for recipe variations and tips

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 198Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 49mgSodium 385mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 16g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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