Mini Tortilla Chili Bowls

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
These Mini Tortilla Chili Bowls are a delicious chili-filled party appetizer. Baked tortilla shells can be filled with a variety of fillings and then garnished with any toppings to make the perfect bite.

These little party pleasers are a nice addition to any event, or potluck and perfect for a Mexican-American Cinco De Mayo gathering in May.

The recipe is super easy and comes together quickly and if you happen to have leftover chili, that is the perfect way to repurpose any leftovers.

These little tortillas can be piled high with a variety of toppings and can easily be personalized when hosting a party.
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A fun idea is to set up a serving bar/station with all the fix-ins so family and friends can add whatever toppings they prefer with our list of several suggestions below.

Also, a printable recipe card is available at the end so just scroll down to avoid the ads and just hit print.


crispy tortilla shells filled with chili





Easy Tortilla Chili Bowls 

  1. oil spray a cupcake tin
  2. cut the tortilla to fill the muffin tin 
  3. make the recipe for the filling in our recipe card or use leftover chili or our Refried Bean Dip
  4. oil spray the tortilla on the outside before toasting them in the oven
  5. bake at 400 until crispy about 12 to 15 minutes
  6. fill with whatever filling you prefer, top with cheese, and return to the oven for 5 minutes until the cheese melts
  7. Note: See the full recipes on the printable card at the end  of this post for all the instructions and a recipe for our quick chili-filling


chili filled mini tortilla bowls


Shopping List Needed (full recipe at the bottom of this post)

  1. leftover chili or make a quick filling in our recipe card at the end
  2. 6 large flour tortillas
  3. Serving  Garnishing Ideas: set up a serving bar with some of the suggestions below




Other Filling Suggestions:

  1. fill with tortilla hot pocket or wrap fillings
  2. fill like you prefer a tortilla salads
  3. filling like a stuffed pizza rolls
  4. fill like a pizza topping you may add to a  French bread pizza
  5. fill with Spanish rice
  6. fill with leftover rotisserie chicken salad
  7. fill with a barbecued chicken
  8. fill with a nacho sauce or a Frito casserole with cheese topped and shredded chicken
  9. fill with a  southwest bean filling
  10. use our favorite Chili recipes or your own leftovers
  11. fill with chicken mac and cheese
  12. fill with  beans and rice




Garnish Suggestions

  • blue cheese dressing
  • ranch dressing
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • crumbled cooked crispy bacon
  • tomato diced
  • chopped onions
  • diced jalapeno peppers or other peppers
  • cayenne pepper for  extra heat
  • thickly sliced or shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • sliced black or green olives
  • chopped pickle slices
  • cilantro 
  • diced green onion 
  • green chilies
  • whole kernel corn
  • chopped green peppers
  • shredded carrots
  • finely chopped radishes
  • taco sauce
  • enchiladas sauce
  • salsa


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Best Little Tortilla Bowls for Repurposing Leftover



This recipe for mini chili bowls is just the perfect snack, a party appetizer, or repurposing leftovers and anything can be used to fill these mini bowls that you have from another meal.

Use your favorite chili recipe or our Old World Chili recipe for a filling and taco-seasoned beef will work just fine without beans we've even filled these with Refried Bean Dip!
Even a little Chicken Chili or an Oriental Chicken Salad filling is fantastic with these little tortilla bowls.


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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Mini Tortilla Chili Bowls

Mini Tortilla Chili Bowls

Mini tortilla bowls filled with beef or chicken-flavored style chili. Baked then topped with a variety of toppings. These little appetizers are the perfect party pleasers and great for Cinco De Mayo.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 18 MinTotal time: 28 Min

Ingredients

  • 6 large flour tortillas ( cut two per tortilla for a 12-cup muffin tin)
  • 1 cup of ground beef or small cubed chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce or enchilada sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup kidney or black beans
  • 1/2 cup shredded shredded or a Mexican blend of cheeses shredded
  • 12 - cup nonstick muffin pan
  • butter flavored cooking oil spray
  • Optional: sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce
  • Note: Leftover chili works terrific also if you happen to have some from another meal.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking oil spray.
  2. Using kitchen shears, cut out pieces to fit each tin of the flour tortilla and place them into the prepared muffin tin then spray the top of each tortilla with cooking spray.
  3. Place the muffin tins with tortillas in the oven and bake until crispy for around 12 to 14 minutes. They should look golden browned and crispy.
  4. Note: these can be irregularly shaped just make sure they climb up the edge of the muffin tin lined to be able to fill. If you prefer to use a glass or cookie round cutter you can cut it out with a sharp knife also. I use the kitchen shears.
  5. In the meantime heat around 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large frypan.
  6. Saute the beef or the chicken until all the pink is gone then drain.
  7. Add the beans, sauce, and seasoning and mix into the same pan with the beef and simmer for around 10 minutes.
  8. Fill each crispy baked tortilla cup with the meat/bean mixture and top with cheese then place back into the oven until the cheese melts for around 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with the tomatoes, lettuce sour cream, and/or more suggestions under notes.
  10. Serving Suggestions: set up a serving bar with some of the suggestions under the notes below when hosting a party.

Notes

Garnish Suggestions

  • blue cheese dressing
  • ranch dressing
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • crumbled cooked crispy bacon
  • tomato diced
  • chopped onions
  • diced jalapeno peppers or other peppers
  • cayenne pepper for extra heat
  • thickly sliced or shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • sliced black or green olives
  • chopped pickle slices
  • cilantro 
  • diced green onion 
  • green chilies
  • whole kernel corn
  • chopped green peppers
  • shredded carrots
  • finely chopped radishes
  • taco sauce
  • enchiladas sauce
  • salsa


Other Filling Suggestions:

  1. fill with tortilla hot pocket or wrap fillings
  2. fill like you prefer a tortilla salads
  3. filling like a stuffed pizza rolls
  4. fill like a pizza topping you may add to a  French bread pizza
  5. fill with Spanish rice
  6. fill with leftover rotisserie chicken salad
  7. fill with a barbecued chicken
  8. fill with a nacho sauce or a Frito casserole with cheese topped and shredded chicken
  9. fill with a  southwest bean filling
  10. use our favorite Chili recipes or your own leftovers
  11. fill with chicken mac and cheese
  12. fill with  beans and rice, 


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1 comment

  1. Waste not, want not...this is a great recipe to use up some leftover chilli.

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