Monday, June 18, 2012

Taco Cupcakes

It's Monday again.  Today is actually pretty exciting since it's the first day of camp! The campers are coming today and I couldn't be more excited.  I can't wait to get this summer off to a great start.  This week's theme is Opening Ceremonies (fitting in with the Olympic Summer Theme) and we are going to be playing all sorts of games and doing tons of art.  Plus, we get to go on a field trip to a water park on Wednesday.  It's going to be a blast.  Being the first week, it's also going to be crazy hectic and so I am awake far to early trying to make sure I am completely ready to go.

Also on this Monday, I am happy to update my Half-Marathon Monday news.  As of now, the longest run I have completed has been 8 miles.  I felt great afterwards.  This week I have two 3 mile runs, a 5 mile run, and then a 10 mile run.  I'm also planning on doing some Pilates and Zumba somewhere between those.  Plus, I'll have camp every day with 60 9, 10, and 11 year-olds.  This week should be interesting...I'm wondering if I'll be too tired, but I'm hoping to push through and stay positive.

My 8 mile run was completed Saturday morning and then following that, I helped my family get ready for the huge open-house graduation party for my little brother.  I was in charge of appetizers.  I made mini mac and cheese cupcakes, pizza puff bites, and taco cupcakes.  Also, I had enough supplies to make about 100 of each of the appetizers.  Everything was great, but now we have a ton of leftovers and I'm pretty sure I am going to be eating mac and cheese, tacos, and pizza puffs for a while...good thing they turned out so well and good thing I'm working out so much :)

So much food
Taco Cupcakes (adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

3 lbs. lean ground beef
3 packets of taco seasoning
2 16 oz cans of refried beans
about 96 tortilla chips
96 won ton wrappers
3-4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. In a large pan, brown the beef, drain the fat, and then add the seasoning and the water required for the seasoning.  Let simmer for about 5-6 minutes and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease cupcake pans (you will make 48 cupcakes with this recipe).
3. Place a won ton wrapper into each cupcake well, top with a spoonful of refried beans, 1 crushed tortilla chip, a spoonful of beef, and then a couple pinches of cheese.  Place another won ton wrapper on top and push down to press the bottom layers together.  Top this won ton again with refried beans, then the tortilla chip, beef, and then the cheese.  Place in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the won ton is lightly browned and the cheese is melted.  Serve immediately, or place in the fridge to store.  To re-heat, simply place the tacos in a pan in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.
Enjoy :)


  1. Pretty darn cute! Perfect little appetizer for catering too.

    1. I said the same thing! Like catering a children's party or something!

  2. Looks like you're on a roll with the savory cupcakes! I'm not sure which I like better, this or the mac and cheese ones!

    1. It is a hard call...depends on what you are in the mood for...or just have both!


  4. Looks classy than the regular wrap!!Great for kids, I tried them with my daughter and it's less messier than tortilla wrap.

    1. Very true! People were a big fan of how they could just pick them up and munch on them while walking around!