Sharing food with friends makes it taste so much better…

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than a room full of friends and food! Recently we were able to celebrate a good friend’s graduation from Coast Guard “A” school. The Myers are good friends of ours and we always have a great time with them no matter what we do, but there is one thing that we share, a love of good food! I recently stumbled upon a recipe for Taco Bites on the most wonderful website ever, Pinterest! I am not exactly sure the original source of this recipe because it has been repined a great deal. There are also a few different variation to this recipe, so here is what I have come up with after making these a few times now. Enjoy this easy, pretty healthy, crowd pleasing appetizer. 

Taco Bites

Ingredients:

– 1 lb ground turkey meat (can use beef, but turkey is a healthier option)

– 1 package of taco seasoning 

– 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

– 1 can corn, drained and rinsed

– 2/3 cup water

– 1 package of either Wonton or Egg Roll Wrappers (wonton is preferred, there is an extra step if using egg roll wrappers, but it it no big deal)

– 2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese approx.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*. Brown grown meat. Drain any grease and mix in 2/3 cup of water, taco seasoning mix, about half the black beans and corn. Let all the water absorb. Spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. If using Egg Roll wrappers, cut them in 1/4, if using wonton wrappers they are already the size you need. Push one wrapper into each slot, push them to make a bowl. Fill each bowl with the meat mixture, then top with cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes. The cheese will be bubbly and the edges will begin to brown.  Then repeat. Using 1 lb meat will get you two full batches with a mini-muffin pan (each batch makes about 24). You can half the recipe and get 24, but trust me you will want plenty of these!! You can top them with your favorite taco toppings: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and tomato… whatever you desire! I love topping mine with my own homemade guacamole! 

Guacamole

Ingredients (pico de galo):

1 tomato  or 3 roma tomatoes, diced

1 small onion, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped  

1 small bunch cilantro 

Ingredients: 

3 avocados

1 lime

garlic salt

Directions:

Combine all chopped ingredients for the pico de galo. I normally chop big chunks and throw it all in my food processor. Then peel and mash avocados. Add the juice from one lime, about 4 tablespoons of pico de galo (or enough to give it texture and it does not just blend in), and then a good coating of garlic salt. Mix well. You should be able to taste a tad bit of salt and lime and lots of yummy goodness! I am sorry for not having exact measurements, but I normally keep adding until it taste just right. I modify it based on the number of avocados that I use. Next time I make it, I will try to measure and update this.