Weekend Work & Taco Cupcakes

My sincerest apologies if I left you hanging on Friday without anything new from Simply Eclectic. My weekend, starting Friday, was more work than play which means some things just didn’t get done.

Friday we kicked off an afternoon/following morning garage sale. I loathe garage sales. They are so much work. Why, you might ask, do I participate? I have the garage. And, not just any garage. A garage that gives grown men butterflies in their stomachs – it is HUGE. So…when my mother says we’re having a garage sale, we’re having  garage sale. In the end we sold over $800 worth of junk so I suppose we can call it a success.

Then, Sunday, we set to work on my parents’ house. They are knee deep in a siding project and the hired help was in an accident, rendering him MIA from the job site. The hired help is also the person who knows how to execute this project, so it was more a day of the blind leading the blind and there will be many more hours of “Sooo…now what do you think we should do?” to come.

This weekend, I did, however, find time to put together a super easy, delicious meal that I will share with you now. I must begin by stating that I saw a recipe for this on Pinterest (do any of you Pinterest? If you haven’t started, don’t. It’s addicting and time consuming and more or less a waste of that valuable time it’s consumed). So, I can’t take full credit for this recipe. I can only tell you how I executed the recipe.

Here goes:

Brown 1 pound of hamburger and any taco stuffing fixin’s you enjoy. This time I used onion, black beans, and a little bit of taco seasoning. I find that a little taco seasoning goes a long ways, and there are so many other flavorful things you can add that jazz up taco meat. If I’d have had green pepper on hand, I’d have added that too.

Then line a cupcake pan with wonton wrappers. Make sure to push them down in there; let the edges wrinkle, no biggie. Then put about a tablespoon of your meat mixture in the bottom, and a little sprinkle of cheese. Another wonton wrapper goes on top of your meat mixture (smash this one down around your first meat layer). Add more meat. You can really fill this layer up with meat. Then, top with cheese (the more the merrier I always say when it comes to cheese).

The following picture shows various steps of the above described:

I should have rotated this picture around. But here it goes:
Bottom Right is wonton with first layer of meat. Bottom Left, cheese was added. Middle row, second wonton pushed down over first layers. Top Right, second layer of meat. Top Left, addition of more cheese.

These go into the oven at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted and the edges of the wonton wrappers are crispy. I’d imagine it takes about 10 minutes, but keep an eye on it. It’s like garlic bread, can burn with the blink of an eye.

I served mine with Spanish Rice, and a side of lettuce, fresh cilantro, salsa, sour cream, and fresh avacado. I’ve learned that avacado makes nearly any food better. I adore avacado!! Plus, did you know you can freeze avacado? I buy several when they are on sale at the store, cut them in half, put them in a freezer baggie and freeze. Then, when I want to add some deliciousness to any meal I can pull out half, thaw, and mmmm.

Oh, and here’s the finished product:

One of my favorite things about cooking, as opposed to baking, is that measurements don’t matter. I love to take a recipe and make it according to direction the first time. That gives me an idea of what I want to change the second time around. Then, the recipe becomes mine all mine. Experimenting with food is fun. And, for those who think they can’t cook – if you can read a recipe, you can cook! Don’t be scared of the kitchen, magical things happen in there!

Hope your week is off to a terrific start!


2 responses to “Weekend Work & Taco Cupcakes

  • tmentzel

    I love this recipe and going to try it on my grand kids. They will love it as long as I make sure they have a bowl of guaco to go with it. They eat it by the spoonfuls forget the chips!LOL Good luck with that siding project! You can come teach me after you learn all the do’s and don’ts!

  • Marian Tomberlin

    OMG this looks wonderful as did the dumplings! I’m sure Lisa has told you I LOVE your blog! Also, the Stella Rose pink is very good! Thanks for the tip!

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