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Recipe: tiny taco beef tarts

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Tiny taco beef tarts serving suggestion

tiny taco beef tarts

An easy-to-prepare Mexican-style appetizer, this Tiny Taco Beef Tarts recipe will win over any crowd.


  • 12 ounces Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup prepared mile or medium taco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (2.1 ounces each) frozen mini phyllo shells (30 shells total)
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese blend
  • Shredded lettuce, sliced grape or cherry tomatoes, guacamole, lowfat
  • dairy sour cream, slice ripe olives (Optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, onion and garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking up beef into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Add taco sauce, cumin, salt and pepper; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is heated through.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

  2. Place phyllo shells on rimmed baking sheet. Spoon beef mixture evenly into shells. Top evenly with cheese. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until shells are crisp and cheese is melted.
    Top tarts with lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and olives,
  3. as desired.

    Cook's Tip: Makes about 30 servings. Try out Tiny Greek Beef Tarts for another variation.

Nutrition information per serving: 43 Calories; 15.3 Calories from fat; 1.7g Total Fat (0.7 g Saturated Fat; 0 g Trans Fat; 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 0.7 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 12 mg Cholesterol; 92 mg Sodium; 2.7 g Total Carbohydrate; 0.1 g Dietary Fiber; 4.2 g Protein; 0.6 mg Iron; 59 mg Potassium; 1 mg Niacin; 0.1 mg Vitamin B6; 0.4 mcg Vitamin B12; 1 mg Zinc; 4 mcg Selenium; 13.2 mg Choline.