Mini Tacos that are Cute and Flavorful to Entertain With

Mini tacos are amazing to make and eat for so many reasons! Not only are mini tacos perfect for a fun and easy weeknight meal, but they’re also great for parties and special occasions. Plus, mini tacos are always a popular meal with adults and kids alike which makes them convenient to serve when you do not know what to cook.

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If you’re looking for a delicious and crowd-pleasing appetizer or main course, mini tacos are the way to go. Whether you choose to make ground beef tacos, shrimp, or chicken tacos, these mini tacos are sure to be scarfed down in a couple of bites. And they’re so easy to tailor with your flavorful favorite toppings and sauces.

Why you’ll love mini tacos

  • They are a quick and simple meal to make
  • Great for gatherings, entertaining, and a kid’s favorite finger food
  • Mini tacos are easy to customize to be healthier or more of a “feel good” food
  • Mini tacos are mouth-watering delicious

Mini taco drink pairings

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MINI TACO INGREDIENTS + SUBSTITUTIONS:

 

Mini Taco Tortillas

Both flour tortillas and corn tortillas work well with mini tacos! This part of choosing how to construct your mini tacos is totally personal. If you like more of a crunch, then go with hard shell tacos.

Hard shell tacos usually tend to hold their shape more when serving so this is a good tip to know prior to entertaining with this delicious food.

I’m personally more of a street- taco sized soft-shell taco kind of taco-eater. Being a creature of habit, I go for soft shell flour tortillas every time. I’d like to mention that not every grocery store carries mini tacos shells so pick up what you can when in-store shopping.

If you go to the grocery store and there are only certain size taco shells, you may have to cut them to suit the mini ratio to make the cutest mini taco shells. Usually, you can do this with a butter knife or round food cutter mold to cut the mini taco tortillas out of regular size tortillas.

MINI TACOS FILLING – GROUND OR SHREDDED MEAT?

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The filling is the star of the show with mini tacos, so it’s excellent that lean ground beef, pork, turkey, and chicken all pair well in mini tacos. If you like seafood, shrimp or tilapia are both always pleasing options for a refreshing burst of flavor during the hot summer months.

Or, if you’re in a rush, save yourself the hassle of cooking altogether and shred a rotisserie chicken that you can pick up from the supermarket. Mini chicken tacos are yummy for lunch or dinner, so why not save yourself some time and have shredded chicken tacos one day this week?

MINI TACO SEASONING

There’s no wrong way to customize your mini taco seasonings. Keep in mind, if sharing these min tacos or serving them to others, opt for mild mini tacos or a at least a mix of mild, medium, or hot tacos. The heat and spice level of mini tacos is usually dependent on the taco sauce or taco seasonings used.

This way, there are mini tacos that vary in heat or spiciness that are tolerable for everyone to enjoy.

While I personally love to make homemade mild taco seasoning with a mix of a few organic ingredients for that subtle pop of flavor, using your favorite store-bought taco seasoning works just as well!

These McCormick tacos seasoning packets are the best-selling! I swear by these packets. So much so, that I usually buy multiple McCormick taco seasoning packets at a time for different meals to make like fajitas, seasoned chicken wings, and even in my Doritos taco pasta salad.

Taco seasoning ingredients

  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Seat Salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ground Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne pepper

Remember, you do not have to add all these ingredients if there are one or two spices you do not care for. However, this is a good place to start when seasoning your tacos to perfection.

If you’re health-conscious and want to watch your salt intake, I suggest just making your own homemade taco seasoning to lower the salt level – or essentially omit salt completely.

Even though other aspects of these mini tacos will have some sodium, you’ll feel much healthier incorporating a low sodium taco seasoning. Omitting sea salt/salt in the seasoning is an easy way to do this as well as purchasing low sodium chili powder.

If you have the time, try making a homemade batch mix of taco seasoning you can use for numerous mini taco meals for under a couple of dollars.

This is an economical cooking tip that’s wiser than throwing out left-over taco seasoning you do not use. This way, you can store this taco seasoning mix in a spice jar or clear container with a quaint label entitled ‘homemade taco seasoning’. 

Also, when your friends and family start to inquire about how you made these epic mini tacos, you can say it’s a secret family recipe with a special mix of seasonings. 🙂

 

Mini Taco Toppings

This recipe is all about the toppings! Mini tacos are one of those “fun meals” you can make due to the limitless options when it comes to toppings and or taco sauces.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Taco Sauce
  • Cholula sauce

Taco Cheese

A personal favorite for any tacos must be either Chihuahua cheese, Mexican four-cheese blend, or Colby Jack cheese (so. dang. good!) For lighter options when it comes to your mini taco toppings, try swapping shredded cheese for vegan shredded cheese.

If you can, buying a cheese wedge and freshly shredding your cheese with a grater will do wonders for your tacos, so skip the pre-shredded cheeses when you can.

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How to make mini tacos

  1. Prepare your taco seasoning (if making it from scratch)
  2. Bake the mini taco shells in the oven OR lightly warm them up in a skillet
  3. Brown your beef, turkey, pork, or chicken; or shred your rotisserie chicken
  4. Assemble the mini tacos with toppings and have FUN doing so!

How to make mini taco shells

  • Cut corn or flour tortillas using a 3-4″ cookie cutter or the rim of a Mason Jaw.
  • If you’re using corn tortillas, I recommend warming them in between a damp paper towel for 30 seconds in the microwave before cutting. The softening will help the tortillas bend without cracking (which they tend to do easily).
  • Brush both sides of the mini tortillas with melted butter or vegetable oil and place on a parchment-lined baking tray or do so in a skillet on low-medium for a minute or two. You can also flip a muffin tin upside down and set the tortillas in the spaces between to form the taco shell as a mini bowl.

Mini taco serving suggestions

This mini taco recipe yields approximately 25-35 mini tacos.

That sounds like a lot, but you’d be surprised how quickly these mini tacos go when throwing a party or hosting a gathering. If you’re cooking for a smaller bunch or cooking for one or two, make as many mini tacos as you’d think you would need.

Luckily, this recipe is easy enough to follow so you can eyeball how many you’d think it would make. Especially when buying the meat portion of this recipe, you can buy the desired quantity which will yield a certain number of tacos naturally.

You can always store what you don’t eat if you end up making too many tacos which is a good tip to know. These mini tacos are just as amazing warmed up in a toaster oven (I reheat everything in this same toaster oven) or reheated in the microwave the next day.

 

My tips for crowd-pleasing mini tacos

  • If you’re hosting to impress, cook with a variety of meats (chicken, beef, pork, turkey, chorizo, or fish) so your guests can have a variety to choose from!
  • If these guys are an appetizer, set them up as a self-serve taco station with plenty of toppings in small-medium ceramic or glass serving bowls.
  •  These taco holders from Amazon are a great buy to keep taco shells in place and scrumptious while on display.

 

MY GO-TO MINI TACO RECIPE

Ingredients:

For approx 30 mini tacos

  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey, pork, or chicken, or 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 30 mini flour or corn tortillas or 7 large flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter, melted

Authentic Taco seasoning mix

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

 

MINI TACO COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Mini taco seasoning

As stated above, for an “authentic” taco seasoning – mix the standard blend of chili powder, cumin, sea salt, cracked black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and oregano in a small bowl.

Cooking the mini taco shells

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Generously brush butter or vegetable oil onto both sides of the tortillas.
  3. Cut the tortillas into small circles (if you can’t find mini tortillas).
  4. Flip over a 12-cup muffin tin and place the cut tortilla circles in the gap between two cups, so they form mini taco shells. One muffin tray will fit 17 mini taco shells.
  5. Bake the tortillas for 5-8 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Check every few minutes to prevent burning.

Mini Taco Filling Instructions

In a saucepan, (using the standard ground meat) brown the meat over medium heat using the back of a spatula or wooden cooking spoon to break up the meat.

Sprinkle your preferred taco seasoning or favorite taco sauce over the meat and continue to brown until all pink is cooked. Then, remove the meat from the heat.

ASSEMBLING MINI TACOS

Fill the baked mini taco shells with the protein of your choice and serve with your favorite toppings! Don’t forget to use taco holder trays to keep your tacos in place prior to serving.

Don’t feel like cooking? Try out my favorite frozen mini tacos from Costco!

DON MIGUEL MINI TACOS | COSTCO OR AMAZON?

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The Don Miguel mini tacos are some of my absolute favorite pre-made tacos to have on hand when cooking is not an option.

These little tacos are bite-sized but are great at satisfying anyone’s hunger in a pinch. The chicken is seasoned wonderfully and blended with melted cheese. The mini taco shells have both crunch and chew – but not too much chew which frozen foods can have. Not to mention the taste and texture are not what you’d expect from frozen tacos!

If you’re in a bind and desperately need a quick and tasty meal to make, I recommend the frozen mini tacos from Don Miguel which can be sold at essentially any grocery store (but Costco DEFINITELY has them in bulk) which is great for a large crowd or to re-heat for numerous meals and or snacks thereafter.

I usually call them my “Costco mini tacos” because that’s where I typically go to buy these, but they’re also available on Amazon Fresh which one can have prime delivered.

 

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AIR FRYER TACOS

Interestingly, there is a whole new way to make mini tacos that are taking over kitchens everywhere.

If you’re anything like me, you will love cooking your mini tacos in the air fryer. Air fryer mini tacos are so stinkin’ easy to make; all you must do is place the mini tacos in a single layer in your air fryer basket.

I’m usually able to fit 8-10 tacos in my air fryer tray. I leave them air fry for around 6 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and these tacos cook so evenly! It still amazes me how well this cooking method works. Air fryer tacos made simple in just over 5 minutes.

There you have it! You now know the quintessential tips and tricks to cook authentic tasting mini tacos at home with some incredibly healthy substitutions for people on a short timeframe or diet.

Mini tacos make for the most adorable appetizer or main dish, and they’re my go-to for hosting and entertaining larger crowds (especially in the summer!) I hope you find this recipe simple enough to make during the week and or customize your own mini tacos with various and uniquely delicious toppings.

If you’re in a hurry – don’t forget to try my favorite frozen mini tacos from Costco or Amazon Fresh so you can have some free time.

And for those who enjoy cooking, I bet you’ll like how I included instructions on this blog post for making your mini taco seasoning from scratch as well as just how to make those charming mini tacos shells. Let the cooking and eating begin!

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