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Overhead view of taco cups arranged on a round plate with a variety of toppings.

Taco Cups with Ground Turkey

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Taco Cups with ground turkey, salsa, taco seasoning and cheese are easy to make and work as a fun appetizer or main meal with rice or a salad. You need just a few ingredients and 30 minutes to pull them together!


  • 12 mini flour tortillas
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa, medium or mild
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, reduced sodium 
  • 3/4 cup tex mex cheese
  • Optional toppings:
    • Sour cream
    • Guacamole
    • Queso
    • Jalapeño dip
    • Cilantro
    • Chopped red onions
    • Chopped green and red peppers
    • Lettuce and tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. 
  2. Add the ground turkey to a greased skillet and cook over medium heat until almost browned.
  3. Stir in the salsa and taco seasoning and continue cooking until the turkey is no longer pink and any liquid from the salsa has cooked off.
  4. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and line each muffin cavity with a mini tortilla to form a cup.
  5. Divide the turkey mixture into each cup and top with cheese.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the edges of the tortillas have browned.
  7. Serve immediately with desired toppings.


  1. I used tortillas that were 4.5 inches in diameter and they fit perfectly in the muffin cups. If you can only find larger tortillas, just trim them down to a smaller size.
  2. Generously grease your muffin pan to ensure the taco cups lift out easily and don’t stick to the bottom.
  3. The recipe calls for just 1 tablespoon of reduced sodium taco seasoning. Feel free to use regular seasoning or homemade, and use more if you like extra taco flavour.
  4. You can use regular or reduced sodium salsa, and medium or mild both work. It just depends on how salty and spicy you want your taco cups.
  5. Make sure you use a chunky salsa. A watery salsa might make the bottom of your taco cups soggy.
  6. If your turkey mixture looks watery from the salsa, carefully drain off the excess liquid.
  7. Be careful not to over bake the taco cups as the bottoms may burn or brown too much.
  8. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: mini tacos, appetizer tacos, taco cups with tortillas