Creamy Chicken Taco Cups

My lucky husband got to eat out with his co-workers at a very nice Japanese restaurant in Portland.  I decided to make something fun & tasty for dinner so I threw these taco cups together with some leftovers from the refrigerator.  I used a large biscuit cutter to cut flour tortillas into small circles then placed them in a muffin tin.  I added some refried beans to the cups then a chicken mixture that had sour cream, salsa, green onions, cilantro, and cotija cheese.  I topped them off with a small amount of cheddar cheese before baking them until they were crisp and delicious.  I garnished each mini taco cup with sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, green onion, and cilantro.  They were a big hit with my kids and I and we gobbled them right up.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray.

Chop up the chicken then combine it with the beans/rice, the cotija cheese, most of the green onion, most of the cilantro, juice from 1/2 a lime,  the sour cream, and the salsa.  Mix until evenly combined, taste then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Use a biscuit cutter (or a ramekin & a knife) to cut out small circles from the large flour tortillas.  Carefully place the flour tortilla circles into the muffin tray.

Add a spoonful of refried beans into each cup followed by a bigger spoonful of the chicken mixture.  Top each cup with a small about of cheddar cheese.

Place into the oven and bake for 15-20  minutes, or until heated through and the tortillas are crisp.  Garnish the top with sour cream, avocado, tomato, green onion, and cilantro.  Serve with salsa if desired.  Enjoy.

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Creamy Chicken Taco Cups

Yield: 12 cups

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 35 min.

Ingredients:

2 cups of roasted chicken, chopped
1/2 cup of black beans with 2 tbsp Mexican rice, mixed together (leftovers)
2 tbsp cotija cheese
2 tbsp green onions, diced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
Juice from 1/2 a lime
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp roasted tomato salsa (see link above)
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3 large flour tortillas, cut into large circles
Refried beans (see link above)

Garnish:

Sour cream
Cilantro
Green onions
Tomatoes
Avocado
Salsa

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray.

Chop up the chicken then combine it with the beans/rice, the cotija cheese, most of the green onion, most of the cilantro, juice from 1/2 a lime, the sour cream, and the salsa. Mix until evenly combined, taste then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Using a biscuit cutter (or a ramekin & a knife) to cut out small circles from the large flour tortillas. Carefully place the flour tortilla circles into the muffin tray. Add a spoonful of refried beans into each cup followed by a bigger spoonful of the chicken mixture. Top each cup with a small about of cheddar cheese.

Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through and the tortillas are crisp. Garnish the top with sour cream, avocado, tomato, green onion, and cilantro. Serve with salsa if desired. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

 

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42 Responses to “Creamy Chicken Taco Cups”

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    Natalie — April 19, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    Hi Pam,
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. (You can find more info on my Blog).
    Thank you for being such an inspiration, I always come away from your blog drooling :-D
    x

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    Rosendo Hurtado — April 19, 2012 @ 1:37 am

    Qué buena idea! Me ha encantado todo! Los ingredientes, las fotos y la presentación! Increíble! Felicidades!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 19, 2012 @ 1:43 am

    You always come up with such cute dinners! And I bet this dinner was 10x better than that sushi restaurant your husband went to.

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    Debbie — April 19, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    They are so cute and this is such a great idea!

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    Martha — April 19, 2012 @ 3:45 am

    Oh yummee!! and so cute. I bet they were super good too!!

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    Kim in MD — April 19, 2012 @ 4:23 am

    YUM! I could wait and make these the next time my husband won’t be home for dinner, but I think he would love these as much as my children! I am cooking all day today (and tomorrow) for a party on Saturday, and need a quick and easy dinner tonight. I think this is going to be perfect!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — April 19, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    What a great idea, Pam! I bet, even though he got to experience a great Japanese restaurant, your husband was sorry he missed that dinner!

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    Lia — April 19, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    Nonetheless that they look stunning, they must be a delight!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Jill A — April 19, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    Oh my. I can’t wait to try them. They look delicious! Thanks much.

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    Peggy Recker — April 19, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    Those sound really yummy.

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — April 19, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    These mini tacos are simply adorable. My kids would devour them as well. I am impressed by how much you packed into one tiny muffin tin. How many tacos did your kids end up eating? I am so going to try this for my kids as it gives tacos a new twist.

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    • Pam replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      Jackie,

      Sorry I missed your question – my kids ate 2 1/2 each. They loved them.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 19, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    These are so cool, Pam! They look absolutely delicious too. I can always count on you for the most creative ideas – thanks for another great one!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — April 19, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    Fantastic idea, I love the little taco cups! My to do list gets so much bigger every time I visit your place :)

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — April 19, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    What a cute and tasty idea!!! I love the use of left overs in a new and innovative way. I’ve bookmarked these and can’t wait to try them!

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    Joan — April 19, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    My modus operandi is to creep blogs…BUT, I stumbled across you fabulous blog yesterday and I think this is the beginning of a great love affair. Enough so, that I went to the grocery store after work & made two of your recipes for my family. They loved them! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. Best to you and yours!

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    Kris — April 19, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    How fun those are Pam! Wouldn’t those be a fantastic thing to make for a ladies luncheon of something? I love it. You always inspire the chef in me!
    Hugs
    Kris

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    Megan — April 19, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    These look fabulous and delicious!

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    Susan — April 19, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    They would make great appetizers too.

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    Daniel — April 19, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    This is a great idea. My only concern is that I would end up eating the whole tin.

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    Mary — April 19, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    These would be fun appetizers as well. My kids would love them!

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen — April 19, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    These are adorable Pam and so pretty too. I noticed that several comments said they would be good appetizers and I agree. Or as I sometimes call them – small plates.
    Sam

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    Danielle — April 19, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    My family is going to love these. What a fun idea for tacos!

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    The UDG — April 19, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    These are kind of perfect.

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    Joanne — April 19, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    I would never have guessed this was a clean-out-the-fridge meal! These would make for some awesome party appetizers!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — April 19, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    I love this, such a great idea. I am going to pin this to make soon.

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    vanillasugarblog — April 20, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    good lord woman!
    now you’re taking famous mexican food and putting them in bite size cups?
    pure torture!!

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    Chris — April 22, 2012 @ 5:16 am

    Sounds like just as good of a meal as the restaurant, y’all didn’t miss out on anything.

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    Rhonda — April 22, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    What size biscuit cutter did you use? These look so good!

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    Liz — April 22, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    These ARE delicious and were a great “clean-out-the-fridge” meal for me! I thought this was such a delicious recipe! My husband and children gobbled them up. We made a bunch of side dishes but these taco cups were all anyone ate. Sooooo tasty! Thanks for the great idea! Keep them coming! I am a faithful reader and user of your blog. Whoever you are Pam, you rock! I have made about half of my meals lately from recipes you’ve invented and posted. You’re great! Thanks so much for taking your time to do this!

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    grace — April 23, 2012 @ 3:40 am

    so nice! although my mouth is small, i can see myself shoving the entire thing in there at once. :)

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    Michelle — May 8, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    These were great! I made them for a party and everyone liked them! I made a few changes (out of necessity). I didn’t have refried beans, used a 90 second packet of Uncle Ben’s Santa Fe flavored rice and bean mix, and made them in a mini muffin pan as smaller, bite sized apps. I kept the recipe the same otherwise and they were wonderful! Thanks!!

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — May 9, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    Those look really good and I like the use of the muffin tin!

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    Michael — May 19, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I’m making these right now, they’re just about to go in the oven. They look so tasty!

    My wife and I absolutely love your blog. We’ve been looking at it for recipes for a couple of years now. Thanks for sharing!

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    Krista — May 23, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    Made these over the weekend. They were a hit! My four children and my daughter’s friend, my husband and I all gobbled them up. My kids even enjoyed them cold the next day. Would be great to pack in lunches. I can see this being a regular in our house. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Katrina — February 3, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    I made these for my superbowl party and they were a hit! I just used black beans, no rice, and they came out great!

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