{Easy} Taco Bites

One of my most popular posts, Easy Pepperoni Rolls, is the very first recipe I ever posted. I decided to revisit that recipe by making a new version called Taco Bites. With autumn just around the corner, we have all of the fun fall festivities on the way! These Taco Bites would be perfect as appetizers at fall celebrations and would also be great for after school snacks.
These Taco Bites start with simple refrigerator biscuits and end up as delicious appetizers. I love how simple they are to make. I have not tried freezing them yet because my family eats them before I have a chance to freeze them. Someday I would like to see how well they freeze because it would be nice to make them ahead of time and just warm them as needed.

I went shopping at a local grocery store and found 2 versions of Mid-America Farms Top the Tater by Kemps. You can see my entire shopping trip in my Google+ album. I am already very familiar with the chive and onion flavor but I have never seen the Taco Fiesta flavor. It is the perfect choice for my Taco Bites because it is a blend of peppers, onions and spices with a mild zing.  We use the chive and onion flavor for tacos, potatoes, chip dip and in a cheesy potato casserole.
 To make the Taco Bites and dip, I used ground beef, taco seasoning mix, an egg, buttermilk biscuits, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, cilantro and Top the Tater Taco Fiesta Sour Cream.
The first step was to brown the ground beef and add the taco seasoning according to the directions on the package.
 Next, I preheated the oven to 425°F and gathered the supplies for the Taco Bites: taco meat, 3 tubes of buttermilk biscuits, shredded cheese and Taco Fiesta.
I flattened out the biscuits into circles that were about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. I added a dollop of Top the Tater Taco Fiesta Sour Cream in the center of each biscuit.
 I added a small spoonful of taco meat to the top of the sour cream.
Next, I added a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese.
I gathered the edges of the biscuit and pinched them in the center over the ingredients. I lined them up, pinched side down, in a greased 9×13 inch pan. I was able to fit 28 taco bites in the pan so there were 2 extra biscuits.
Next, I beat an egg and brushed it over the taco bites.
 
Here are the taco bites just before placing them in the over.
I baked them at 425°F for about 20 minutes.
While the Taco Bites were cooling, I mixed together equal parts of Top the Tater Taco Fiesta and salsa. We used this mixture as a dip for the Taco Bites but it would also be delicious as a salad dressing.
I put the dip into small containers and added chopped cilantro. The inside of each Taco Bite looks a bit different but they all tasted delicious. The addition of Top the Tater Taco Fiesta added flavor and moisture to the bites. My oldest was unsure about trying them but once she did she said they were delicious!
What is your favorite way to enjoy Top the Tater?
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Comments

  1. This was delicious!!! However I put mine in a glass pie plate with only one roll of biscuits. I baked it for 19 min. It was not done. I took them out of the pie plate and onto a cookie sheet for nine more min at 375. They were fantastic! I will make these again! I used left over turkey chili for the meat.

  2. Deb Tilton says:

    you are absolutely brillant and I cannot wait to try the recipes I have been seeing! YUM! and thanks for sharing

  3. These sound delicious!!! Because I am lactose intolerant, I thought about how to make these, and I came up with using refried beans, warmed up so they are soft with a little chili powder mixed in. Put that on the flattened roll first, then the taco seasoned meat, then topped with cheese. And wrapped. I placed them seam side down, Brushed the top with the egg mixture and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese and baked. They were delicious. When they were cooked I placed them on a bed of chopped lettuce and sprinkled with some more grated cheese, and my family raved about them!!!!

  4. I have never heard of Top the Tator! I need to find that when I make this recipe for sure!

  5. I love Top the Tator! Its my FAVORITE! I use it on EVERYTHING!!!

  6. mmm what a unique way to eat tacos! Never thought of using refrigerated biscuit dough!

  7. Mmm….this reminds me of a taco bake recipe I got from my friend years ago. The mixture of the the biscuit/crescent with the taco meat is so good. Thanks for reminding me of that dish!

  8. Yum! Those look super delicious. I love how they browned so nicely with the egg wash.

  9. That sauce sounds delicious. Next time I’m shopping I’m going to check and see if I can find it. Thanks for the fun recipe.

  10. I have never heard of Top of the Tater. I will keep an eye out for it. These taco bites look amazing! What a great idea – my kiddos would love this.

  11. I love the look of these little guys! and I love brushing egg on any pastry, it looks so much better!

  12. How creative – they look yummy! I think everyone in my family would love those – for a meal or a snack.

  13. This is such an awesome idea! My son would go crazy for them, and they’d be great in lunches.

  14. I always love your recipes here Tonia. These look super yummy and I think they will be perfect for football season. I will definitely be a hit if I make these for my son-in-law.
    Thanks!!

  15. those look yummy!

  16. Ohmygoodness. That looks amazing! Great job Tonia!!!!

  17. These look so good. My family loves “taco” things.

  18. This is such a great idea! We love tacos and this would be a new way to eat them!

  19. Oooh. I think I’ll have one…or five lol.

  20. They look gorgeous Tonia. What on earth is that Top the Tater? I think we need to get some of that over here. It looks scrumptious!

    Anne xx

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