Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nacho Cups Baked in a Muffin Tin

Here's a great appetizer or side dish recipe. I live in Texas and I often talk about how important Tex - Mex recipes are here. I love this idea.
We eat a lot of Nachos in Texas. Did you know that they are not a Mexican Dish? They were created for the American palette. I ordered Nachos ones on an Island off the coast of Mexico and I got a bowl of Pepitas. I was told that Nachos means appetizer or snack. Who knew? Now I do. But these are a version of Nachos baked in Muffin Tins. These can easily be personalized based on your taste. You can add or leave out any of the ingredients. You can also bake a variety of different ones at the same time for your family or guests.

Nacho Cups Baked in a Muffin Tin

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Standard Sized Muffin Tins. The number will be determined by how many Nacho Cups you want to make.

This recipe is for 12 Cups.

10 small Flour Tortillas
1 C of your favorite Salsa
1 - 14 oz. can of Black Beans, drained.
1 - 4 oz. can of Diced Green Chiles, drained. (I drain them in a strained since there's not a lot of liquid.
2 C of your favorite Meat or Vegetarian Meatless Ground. Browned in a Skillet prior to making the recipe.
1/2 C  canned Corn, drained.
1 C Shredded Pepper Jack, Queso Quesadilla or Monterey Jack Cheese.
1/2 C chopped fresh Cilantro.
1/2 C thinly sliced Green Onions.

Sour Cream
1/2 C chopped fresh Cilantro.
1/2 C thinly sliced Green Onions.
1 Small Can of Sliced Black Olives, drained.
A small Jar of Sliced Pickled Jalapeños.
Fresh Chopped Roma Tomatoes.

Spray each cup of the Muffin Tin with a Vegetable Cooking Spray.
Tuck 1 Tortilla into each Cup of the Muffin Tin.
Tuck them, working them so they fit snugly in the C. You'll have to pleat them. Make sure to keep a well in the center so make sure they don't close up in the center.
You can gently press them down with the bottom of a small glass  or a Wooden Muddler, if you have one.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. (while they bake, prepare the filling)
Until golden Brown and they start to crisp.
Remove to a rack and cool completely.


In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Green Chiles
Stir to combine well.

Divide the Filling evenly among the Tortilla Cups.
Top with Cheese.
Return to the Oven to Bake an additional 15 minutes.
Until the Cheese has completely melted.

Remove immediately and transfer to a Serving Platter.
Garnish each Cup with your choice of Garnishes.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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