Recipe of the Day: Taco Salad Bites | Food Network

This bite-size appetizer has all the flavors of your favorite taco salad.

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Taco Salad Bites
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 25 min
Active: 15 min
Yield: about 16 servings
Level: Easy


Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the wire rack
1 pound ground beef (90/10)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
Kosher salt
16 miniature cup-shaped corn tortilla chips
4 ounces pepper jack cheese, cut into 16 cubes
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 small plum tomato, diced
Hot sauce, for serving


Position an oven rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet and spray generously with cooking spray.

Use your hands to mix the ground beef, taco seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until just combined. Drop heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture onto the rack (about 16 total), then use your hands to roll the portioned meat into balls. Press a tortilla chip into the top of each meatball, making sure that the meat goes mostly up the sides of the chip (be careful not to break the chips). Put 1 cheese cube in the middle of each chip.

Bake, rotating the baking sheet once halfway, until the meat is just cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bites to a large platter, top with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with the lettuce and tomato. Serve with hot sauce.

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6 Replies to “Recipe of the Day: Taco Salad Bites | Food Network”

  1. Great but I do that with refried beans on bottom of shell, little of the meat, cheese, sour cream then lettuce and tomato. Takes a little patience but it’s delicious and easy to eat that way. My grandkids love it!

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