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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Taco Won-tons

My Big Helper and I decided to make our favorite dinner the other day:  a snack supper.  We often do this on Sunday nights.  We throw together simple things that we can serve on platters and put them where we can all reach them, and then we watch a movie, play a game, or do some other family type activity.  Usually it's pretty basic - chicken, sliced apples, cheese wedges, crackers, carrots, something like that.

But not this week.

I saw on Pinterest where someone used won-ton wrappers to make little cupcake-like appetizers, and while there weren't specific directions given for what to put inside them, we got busy.

The whole family liked these, and while they were cute and fun to eat, they were also filling and fairly healthy.  Even My Little Man, who didn't want to try them, finally did and yelled, "I like these guys!"

  • First, we browned 1/2 lb. of ground beef with 1/2 of an onion and 1/2 of a green pepper.
  • After draining it, we added 1 c. of black beans, 1 c. of frozen corn, and 1 t. of mesquite seasoning.
  • Toss that around in a hot skillet just a bit, then add 1/2 c. salsa and 3 oz. of cream cheese.  
  • Stir over low heat until the cream cheese is melted and incorporated well. (I did these first few steps in advance, partly because of our schedule that day, and partly so that the filling would be cold when My Big Helper helped me put these together.  You wouldn't need to do this in advance - this pulls together very quickly.)
  • Place your won-ton wrappers in mini muffin cups and fill with the above seasoning.  Top with a pinch of shredded cheddar.  
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 4-6 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  • Top with diced tomato, fresh cilantro, a mini-dollop of sour cream, or your favorite salsa.  Yum!

This was our first won-ton adventure.  They're quite fun to work with.  I wonder what else we could put inside.  Any ideas??

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