Wonton Tacos are a mini version of a taco that is party perfect! Made with wonton wrappers, taco meat, cheese, and classic taco toppings, these Wonton Tacos, are always a hit at gatherings.
Party Perfect Appetizer
One of my all-time favorite appetizers for a party is Wonton Tacos.
Essentially, they are bite-sized taco cups. And who doesn't love tacos?!!
Not only are Wonton Tacos a guaranteed hit, but they are also a breeze to make, can be prepped in advance, and made allergy-friendly--all of which are crucial when entertaining.
Truly, these Wonton Taco Cups are a perfect appetizer to serve at any gathering.
What You Need to Make Wonton Tacos
- Wonton Wrappers: You can find wonton wrappers in the refrigerated produce section at most grocery stores.
- Mini Cupcake Pan: In order to shape the wonton wrappers into mini cups to hold the taco fillings, you will need to bake them in a mini cupcake pan.
- Taco Meat: For the filling of the taco cups, I use my recipe for homemade taco meat. It is made with ground beef, tomato sauce, and homemade taco seasoning. Feel free to use ground turkey or chicken in place of the beef or replace the beef entirely with refried beans, lentil taco meat, or sofritas for a vegetarian option.
- Cheese: If you are not serving any dairy-free guests, I recommend topping each cup with shredded cheese to add flavor. If you do happen to have some dairy-free guests, I would recommend serving the cheese on the side or baking half the cups without the addition of cheese.
- Toppings: Tacos are all about the toppings! Serve the mini taco cups with sour cream, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, lettuce, hot sauce, olives, etc, and allow each guest to top their Wonton Tacos themselves as desired.
How to Make Wonton Tacos
- Spray a mini cupcake pan with non-stick spray and then place one wonton wrapper into each cup, gently folding it to fit.
- Bake the wonton wrappers until just browned.
- While the wonton wrappers are baking, prepare the taco meat by browning ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the meat is browned, add in the tomato sauce and seasonings and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until thickened.
- Finish the taco meat by adding in the juice of a fresh lime which will really help elevate the flavor of the taco meat.
- Add a small scoop of the prepared taco meat into each wonton taco shell and top with cheese if desired.
- Return the Wonton Tacos to the oven just to warm through and melt the cheese.
- Serve the mini tacos with optional toppings and let the fun (and eating) begin!
How to Prepare in Advance
You can prepare the wonton cups and taco meat up to 3 days in advance and then assemble and bake the Wonton Tacos immediately before serving.
To do this, bake the wonton cups as directed. Allow them to cool fully and then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Prepare the taco meat as directed, allow it to cool slightly, and then transfer it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, fill the wonton cups with the taco meat and shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until warmed through. Serve with toppings as desired.
- Dairy-Free: If serving dairy-free guests, prepare Wonton Tacos without the cheese, serve the cheese on the side, or prepare on half with cheese and half without.
- Vegetarian: These mini tacos are equally delicious when prepared with seasoned beans, Sofritas, or refried beans, or lentil taco meat. You may want to opt to prepare half of the Wonton Tacos with a vegetarian option if you are serving a mixed crowd.
More Delicious Party Appetizers
If you enjoyed these Wonton Tacos, please be sure to leave a comment and review below.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place one wonton wrapper in each mini-cupcake cup, gently folding to fit. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until browned.
- While the taco cups are baking, prepare the taco meat. Brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned. Drain off any grease if necessary. Add in the water, taco seasoning, and tomato sauce and simmer on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
- Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture into each of the baked wonton cups. Top with cheese and return to oven 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Serve with desired toppings.