Cool & Creative Ways to Use Your Muffin Tins!

Mini Taco Bowls

on June 18, 2012

I saw an infomercial on TV last night that made me think of this recipe. Have you seen it? It’s called Perfect Torlilla… well here’s a way to make your own taco bowls without spending any $$!! Well, you do have to buy tortillas, lol but no need to order a fancy pan 😉 You guessed it… all you need is a MUFFIN TIN!!!!

This recipe comes from a blog called emily bites. She posts lightened-up recipes  which are relatively simple and uncomplicated, not to mention yummy 🙂 Now of course you can use your own taco meat recipe and top however you like, but it’s always nice to have another especially if it’s a tasty lighter version 😉

Here’s the info…

Mini Taco Bowls
Source: Emily Bites Original

6 – 6” Tortillas (I used Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas)
Cooking Spray
½ lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey (I used Jennie-O) OR 95% Lean Ground Beef
½ packet of Taco Seasoning (I used Old El Paso)
1/3 c water
3 T Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese (I used Weight Watchers brand)
6 t Taco Sauce (I used Ortega)
Shredded Lettuce
6 Grape Tomatoes, quartered

1.    Preheat the oven to 375.
2.    Sprinkle each tortilla lightly with water and stack them on a plate. Cover the top with another plate turned upside down and microwave the tortillas for 1 minute or until warm. Turn two 12 cup muffin pans upside down. Mist each side of a tortilla lightly with cooking spray and center it in the space between 4 muffin cups, creating a bowl. Repeat with the 5 remaining tortillas, forming 3 bowls on each tin (as pictured above). Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
3.    While the tortilla bowls are baking, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and add the ground turkey or beef and brown. Add 1/3 c water and taco seasoning, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer 3-4 minutes.
4.    Let the tortilla bowls cool for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. In each bowl, layer ¼ c meat, 1 T cheese, 1 t taco sauce, 4 quarters of grape tomato and some shredded lettuce (in any order you choose).

Yields 3 (2 taco) servings. Weight Watchers Points Plus: 5 per serving.
The points per 2 taco serving remain the same whether using the extra lean ground turkey or the 95% lean ground beef.

And here is the finished product!

Tip: Use a jumbo 6 cup muffin tin as a taco making station!!! Put your cheese, tomatoes, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, black olives or whatever toppings you like into each cup and voila! You only have 1 dish to clean up not to mention it’s just more fun that way 😉

Just 2 more reasons to LOVE THOSE MUFFIN TINS!!! Happy Monday everyone 😀



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