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These muffin tin tacos are is as easy as they are delicious. They are perfect for game day, a family dinner, or holiday appetizers. These little tacos are good to the last bite. Come on in and I’ll share my recipe for Taco in a Muffin Tin Recipe

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These Muffin Tin Mini Tacos are from a recipe that I submitted to the Taste of Home Magazine. I’m a volunteer field editor for the magazine and I had been asked to submit a muffin tin recipe.  I got an email from one of the editors saying they were choosing both the pizza and taco recipes. Soon after, I had another email from one of the editors telling me that they had to choose one because they didn’t have room for both. They chose the muffin tin pizzas to publish. So, I guess it’s up to me to share these yummy bites of Muffin Tin Tacos with you so you can enjoy them.

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This is a great meal for the kids to try. You might even get your toddlers to try something new with this fun meal.

What are Muffin Tin Tacos?

Muffin tin tacos are made in a muffin pan making handheld soft or crunchy taco cups and are a great appetizer or a fun twist on Taco Tuesday for a delicious meal.

Are Muffin Tins and Cupcake Tins the same thing?

Yes! You can bake muffins and cupcakes in the same baking tin. They come with both regular or mini-sized muffin tins.

How Long Can Prepare Taco Meat Stay in the Fridge?

Prepared taco meat should be covered and placed in the refrigerator. It can easily last 3-4 days and be reheated for another taco meal or repurposed for another recipe.

How do You Reheat Taco Meat?

Place taco meat in a saucepan with the lid on to reheat. If needed, add a tablespoon or more of water for moisture.

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Earlier in the day…Prepare the taco meat and pre-bake the crescent roll cups. Push the puffed-up dough down and fill it with meat, sour cream, and cheese. Cover and refrigerate until dinner time. Bake for 15 minutes and add toppings to serve.

What Are Some Good toppings for Muffin Tin Tacos?

  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped sweet onion
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sliced black olives
  • salsa
  • green salsa verde
  • sour cream
  • refried beans
  • fresh cilantro
  • guacamole

Are you Ready to Make these Tacos in a Muffin Tin? Let’s Make Sure you Have Everything You’ll Need…


  • Crescent Dough
  • ground round
  • taco seasoning
  • water
  • sour cream
  • shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese Mix
  • Various taco toppings – shredded lettuce, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, etc…

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How do you Make Muffin Tin Tacos?

Grab the printable recipe with the full instructions, below: 

  • Brown the meat in a skillet and drain
  • Add taco seasoning and water and cook down
  • Bake the crescent dough for a few minutes, push the dough down and fill with meat, sour cream, and shredded cheese
  • Bake the tacos until done
  • Add toppings and serve

Other Hand-Held Meals:

Flatbread Pizza with Onion and Asparagus 

Taco Ring with Crescent Roll

Pizza Crescent Roll Ring


Here is a quick video tutorial to go along with the Muffin Tin Taco Recipe. I hope you enjoy it.



Muffin Tin Tacos

Delicious and easy mini tacos!

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 2 Packages of Crescent Dough
  • 1 lb. of ground round
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 8 oz. package of shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese Mix
  • Various taco toppings – shredded lettuce, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, etc…


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease the muffin tins
  3. In a large skillet over medium/high heat brown the meat
  4. Drain the fat
  5. Add the taco seasoning, and water to the browned meat
  6. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for about 3 to 4 minutes
  7. Remove from heat
  8. Open the crescent dough packages
  9. Separate the triangles of dough, and place each triangle in a separate muffin tin, pressing the dough together where needed
  10. Use a fork to poke some holes in the dough
  11. Pre-Bake the dough in the muffin tins for about 3-5 minutes – just until dough is firm, and puffing up
  12. Use the back of a spoon or a small ladle, to push the puffed up dough down, in the center, so you have room for the filling
  13. To each crescent dough muffin, add in this order: 2 T of browned taco meat, 1/2 T of sour cream, and about 1 T of shredded cheese
  14. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted, and the dough is a golden color


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