Taco Cupcakes

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Indulge in a fun and flavorful twist on traditional tacos with Taco Cupcakes. These bite-sized treats combine the savory goodness of seasoned ground beef, gooey melted cheese, and fresh toppings, all nestled in a cornbread base. Perfect for parties, gatherings, or simply a creative dinner option.

Why Make This Recipe

Taco Cupcakes are a versatile and crowd-pleasing dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or main course. They offer a convenient and portable way to enjoy the classic taco flavors in a unique and creative presentation.

How to Make Taco Cupcakes


  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked and seasoned with taco seasoning
  • Cornbread mix, prepared according to package instructions for cupcakes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Prepare the Cornbread Base:

    • preheat your oven to the temperature indicated on the cornbread mix package.
    • Prepare the cornbread mix according to the package instructions.
    • Pour the batter into a muffin tin to create cupcake shapes.
    • Bake until they’re firm but not fully cooked, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add the Beef Filling:

    • Cook and season your ground beef with taco seasoning while the cornbread cupcakes are baking.
    • Once the cupcakes are nearly done, remove them from the oven.
    • Use a spoon to scoop out the center of each cupcake to create space for the filling.
  3. Spoon in the Savory Goodness:

    • Fill the hollowed-out centers of the cornbread cupcakes with the seasoned, cooked ground beef.
    • Be generous with the filling to ensure every bite is packed with flavor.
  4. Top with Cheese and Bake:

    • Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese over the beef-filled cupcakes.
    • Return them to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts and bubbles.
  5. Garnish and Serve:

    • Top each taco cupcake with sour cream, diced tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro.
    • For an extra touch, add a dollop of guacamole on top.

How to Serve Taco Cupcakes

Serve Taco Cupcakes warm as they are or with additional sides like salsa, avocado slices, or a side salad. They are perfect for gatherings, potlucks, or as a fun family meal option.

How to Store Taco Cupcakes

Store any leftover Taco Cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Tips to Make Taco Cupcakes

  • Use a non-stick muffin tin for easy removal of the cupcakes.
  • Customize the toppings to your preference with ingredients like jalapenos, black olives, or hot sauce.
  • Ensure the cornbread cupcakes are cooled slightly before adding the beef filling to prevent sogginess.


For a vegetarian option, substitute the ground beef with seasoned black beans or crumbled tofu for a meat-free alternative.


  1. Can I make Taco Cupcakes ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the components in advance and assemble them just before serving to ensure freshness.
  2. Can I use a different type of cheese for the topping? Yes, feel free to experiment with different cheeses like Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or a Mexican blend.
  3. Can I make mini Taco Cupcakes for a party? Absolutely, use a mini muffin tin for bite-sized portions perfect for appetizers or snacks.

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