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Fillo Taco Cups

Fillo Taco Cups

These festive little taco cups make a great appetizer. They’re really easy to make too. We take some help from the market by using frozen fillo (phyllo) shells, but we add our own touch by making a homemade taco seasoning.

 

The flaky and delicious fillo cups are filled with flavorful taco meat, then baked and topped with cheddar jack cheese. We dress them up for the holidays with a touch of sour cream, diced tomatoes and green onions.

 

These fillo taco cups will look lovely on your appetizer table. Enjoy!

 

 

To make these taco cups you will need

½ tablespoon Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt, or to taste

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

½ teaspoon Onion Powder

½ teaspoon Cumin

¼ teaspoon Black Pepper, or to taste

1 tablespoon Canola Oil, or use your favorite vegetable oil

1.25 lb. Lean Ground Beef

8 oz. can Tomato Sauce

1 tablespoon Water

3 packages (1.9 oz. each) Frozen Mini Fillo (Phyllo) Shells

2-3 tablespoons Finely Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

2 Tomatoes, seeded and diced small

2-3 tablespoons Green Onions, thinly sliced

2-3 tablespoons Sour Cream

 

 

Instructions

 

Combine the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.

 

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and the prepared seasoning mix. Stir to combine.

 

Cook the ground beef until browned, approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.

 

Add the tomato sauce and water, stir well to combine. Cook’s Note: I like to add the water to the empty can of tomato sauce and give it a swirl to get every last drop.

 

Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the sauce is boiling too vigorously, lower the heat a bit.

 

While the ground beef cooks, preheat the oven to 350°F

 

When the ground beef is done, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool a bit.

 

 

Build the fillo taco cups

 

Fill the fillo cups with about 1 teaspoon of ground beef and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

 

Bake the fillo taco cups for 5 minutes or so to warm through. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Add a pinch of cheese to each taco cup. Place them back in the oven and bake 2-3 minutes until the cheese melts.

 

 

Garnish and serve

 

Add a dollop of sour cream and garnish each cup with a few pieces of diced tomatoes and green onions. Arrange the fillo taco cups on a tray and serve. Enjoy! Makes approximately 45 taco cups.

 

A small fillo dough cup filled with taco meat and topped with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and tomatoes.

 

 

A small fillo dough cup filled with taco meat and topped with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and tomatoes.
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Fillo Taco Cups

These festive little taco cups make a great appetizer. They’re really easy to make too.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword: party food
Servings: 8
Calories: 219kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil or use your favorite vegetable oil
  • 1.25 lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 8 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 3 packages 1.9 oz. each Frozen Mini Fillo (Phyllo) Shells
  • 2-3 tablespoons Finely Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
  • 2 Tomatoes seeded and diced small
  • 2-3 tablespoons Green Onions thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons Sour Cream

Instructions

  • Combine the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and the prepared seasoning mix. Stir to combine.
  • Cook the ground beef until browned, approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water, stir well to combine.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the sauce is boiling too vigorously, lower the heat a bit.
  • While the ground beef cooks, preheat the oven to 350°F
  • When the ground beef is done, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool a bit.
  • Build the fillo taco cups - Fill the fillo cups with about 1 tsp. of ground beef and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake the fillo taco cups for 5 minutes or so to warm through.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Add a pinch of cheese to each taco cup. Place them back in the oven and bake 2-3 minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Garnish and serve - Add a dollop of sour cream and garnish each cup with a few pieces of diced tomatoes and green onions. Arrange the fillo taco cups on a tray and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2.3mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.

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