As you're probably well aware by now, I tend to follow set recipes when I cook because I'm so new to the game.
But every so often I go off book and create something by myself. And it just so happens that this one time was a huge success.
Are you holding on to something? Are you ready?
Tacos inside wonton cups.
Now before you tell me these exist elsewhere, please just let me bask in the glow of having created something I didn't know existed without setting anything on fire. That's a pretty big achievement for a newbie like me!
This idea popped into my head one day while I was surfing recipes online and noticed several people using wonton wrappers for cooking. I had no idea what they were or where to find them, but I figured if you could make mini lasagnas, why not mini tacos?
You will need:
- Ground beef (alternatively, ground turkey would work)
- Wonton wrappers (you can make your own using this recipe, or buy them pre-made. They can usually be found in the frozen section)
- Taco seasonings (again, you can make your own by mixing together a bunch of seasonings, or just buy the little packets)
- Shredded cheese
- Assorted taco accoutrements: taco sauce, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, onions...etc.
- 2/3 cup water
First you brown the beef in a skillet and then drain the fat. Add about 2/3 cup cold water and the taco seasoning, let simmer for 5 minutes or so.
Just like you were making regular tacos.
While your beef is cooking, line your cupcake pan with thawed wonton wrappers. The idea is to scrunch them to make a little cup, while trying to keep the bottom flat.
Add a spoonful of beef to the bottom of every cup.
Then comes the fun part: accessorizing! Dress up your taco cups with whatever you normally put on tacos, but I recommend holding off on the sour cream and lettuce until after you bake them.
Top with cheese, and bake in a preheated 450° oven for 10 minutes, or until you see the wonton edges start to brown.
Carefully remove from the pan and set on plates to cool a little bit (if you eat them right out of the oven, not only will you burn yourself, but the wontons will lose their cup shape!)
After the wontons have hardened up a little bit, top with sour cream and lettuce (if you want) and enjoy!
Imagine me walking around my house with a huge, stupid grin on my face. That's what I was doing when these came out so well!
They would be a perfect appetizer for a party, or if you just want a fun way to jazz up a normal dinner!
If you have other recipes to use with wonton wrappers, or other ideas of fun things to make, let me know in the comments!