Who loves tacos? I can only assume that anyone reading this is shouting a resounding yes because the love of tacos is universal. Our Muffin Tin Taco Bombs don’t feature any tortillas, but they do give you a total taco experience in doughy pocket form. They’re beefy and cheesy and make for a seriously irresistible appetizer, which is great news, because any time you can squeeze another opportunity for tacos into your day it’s a win.
You don’t have to actually make any dough here if you don’t want to, you’ll need a pound of pizza dough but a store bought option will do just fine. You’ll divide that dough into twelve circles, and fill each one with some ground beef cooked with taco seasoning, some cheddar cheese, and a creamy mixture of cream cheese and salsa.
You’ll seal up each little round of dough, place it in a muffin tin, brush it with melted butter, and then let it bake for just fifteen minutes or so.
The dough puffs up into a tender and chewy texture, almost like a chalupa, while the cream cheese filling melts into a creamy salsa-spiced sauce that mingles with the savory beef and the ooey-gooey cheddar. It’s different than your traditional folded tortilla taco experience, sure, but it’s still an explosion of taco flavor and it’s in one compact, easy-to-make, all too poppable package.
Muffin Tin Taco Bombs
Yield 12 Prep 15m Cook 15m
- 1 lb pizza dough, at room temperature
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain, if needed. Add packet of taco seasoning and follow instructions on packet. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until nearly fluffy. Add salsa and mix to combine. Set aside.
- Divide pizza dough into 12 equal portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll dough into a ball, then use fingers to flatten and stretch it into a 4-inch circle. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place some of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each dough round, and top with some of the ground beef, and the cheddar cheese. You might have leftover filling, and that's okay.
- Fold edges of dough up and around the filling, then pinch together to form a bundle. Place seam side down in muffin tin and brush with melted butter.
- Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Serve with sour cream and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Centsless Deals.