Taco Bites are Easy Dinner Fun

Taco bites topped with shredded cheese arranged on a baking sheet

Taco Bites are an easy and delicious bite.  Taco bites are easy to make.  They can be served as a kid-friendly dinner or an easy appetizer for any gathering.

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Taco Bites are Easy Dinner Fun

I have been serving this taco meat recipe since my boys, now much taller than their mom, were little.  It’s actually a recipe I talk about regularly in my Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club travels.  Taco Bites are the perfect recipe for me to illustrate the power of a recipe.  When my boys were young they didn’t like tomatoes or spinach, but they’d always eat this Magic Taco Meat.  These taco bites do have fresh spinach and tomatoes in the mix that you can’t taste. 

I am infamous for sneaking in fruits and veggies into recipes, but I have always told my kids what they were eating to help open their minds to the power of a recipe.  We all have foods we don’t like to eat alone, but a recipe can be that healthy tool to help get those healthy foods into our bodies.  

When I make this with children out in the community there are a lot of recipe lessons to focus on when we make Taco Bites.  Here are a few to focus on if you make this in your own kitchen with your own kiddos;

  • Stove top safety
  • Cooking ground turkey
  • Preparing vegetables
  • Food processing
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Baking
  • Oven safety

While I focus on children, this recipe is equally delicious for adults!  In fact, I served it as an appetizer bite at an event I was at for Super Bow Sunday and it was a HUGE hit.

Here is the printable recipe for Taco Bites for your convenience;

Taco Bites

Taco bites topped with shredded cheese arranged on a baking sheet
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • Mini Phyllo shells
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese

Instructions

Cook the ground turkey over medium heat.  Using a
heat resistant silicone spatula, stir the meat breaking it apart as it cooks.  Note: 
Use stove top safety when cooking on a stove top; keep a safe distance
from the stove top and pan when cooking and stirring.

Chop the spinach, tomatoes, garlic and onion in a food processor in a pulsating fashion
until they are fully chopped.  Add the vegetables and garlic mixture to the cooked meat and continue to cook over low heat until the vegetables are soft.

Over low heat, add in the cumin, chili powder, sea salt, garlic powder and white pepper.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the mini Phyllo shells on a non-stick baking sheet.  Fill each one with the warm taco meat mixture.  Top them with cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes; until the cheese is melted and the edge of the cups are slightly toasted.  Note:  When removing the baked taco bites, take safety precautions and use oven mitts.

Serve with fun sides for topping; sour cream, guacamole, olives, diced tomatoes,
shredded lettuce, taco sauce and/or salsa.





Notes

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More about Taco Bites and the ingredients;

Spinach:  Spinach is packed with Vitamins like A, C and K.  It also contains calcium!  Check out more form the experts on Spinach by clicking here.

Tomatoes:  Tomatoes are also packed with vitamins including vitamin C.  Learn more about what’s in these sweet bites by clicking here.

A Taco Bites Recipe must have!

Heat resistant spatulas are a kitchen necessity. 

Looking for more, easy dinner ideas the kids will love?  Check out our Chicken Parm Burgers.  These are another family friendly recipe that makes life just a little more delicious and a wee bit easier at dinner time!

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