Delicious Taco Puffs Recipe for Taco Lovers

Are you tired of the same old taco Tuesday routine? Do you want to try something new and exciting that will shake up your taste buds? Well, look no further than my Taco Puffs recipe!

These flaky and savory pockets of goodness are a fun spin on the classic hard shell taco. The crispy puff pastry shell holds a flavorful mixture of seasoned ground beef, melted cheddar cheese, and a hint of green chiles for an extra kick. Trust me; you won’t be able to resist the temptation to take a bite.

Not only are these Taco Puffs delicious, but they’re also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a crowd-pleasing dish that’s perfect for any occasion. And the best part is that you can make them ahead of time, freeze them, and reheat them whenever you want a quick and filling meal.

So whether you’re hosting a game day party or looking for a quick dinner idea, my Taco Puffs recipe is sure to be a hit. Get ready to take your taste buds on a journey to San Antonio with this delicious twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Taco Puffs
Taco Puffs

Listen up, my fellow foodies! I’m about to introduce you to a recipe that will change the game for your taste buds. Get ready for a mind-blowing culinary experience with these delicious taco puffs!

First of all, who doesn’t love tacos? The combination of juicy ground beef seasoned with the perfect blend of spices, paired with melted cheddar cheese and tangy lime juice is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. But imagine these flavors encapsulated in a light and flaky puff pastry – taco heaven, right?

Not only are these taco puffs incredibly delicious, but they are also incredibly easy to make! No need for any fancy kitchen equipment or extensive preparation time. Simply combine the ingredients, assemble your puffs and bake them to golden perfection – voila!

Now let’s talk about versatility. These taco puffs can be enjoyed as a snack or appetizer at a party or as a main course accompanied by some fresh greens for a satisfying meal. With its crispy exterior and savory filling, it’s bound to become your new favorite go-to recipe.

And don’t worry about leftovers going to waste because these little wonders can be stored and reheated easily without sacrificing flavor or texture.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a dish that’s tasty yet effortless and totally versatile, then look no further than these irresistible taco puffs. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

“Get Ready to Taco ‘Bout these Mouth-Watering Puffs!”

Here are the ingredients needed to make these mouth-watering taco puffs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tubes (16-3/4 ounces each) large refrigerated biscuits

In addition to these essential ingredients, you might also like to use some extra virgin olive oil for cooking the beef, and some lime juice or chopped cilantro for garnishing the puffs. If you want to add a bit of heat, consider using cayenne pepper or chili powder to the meat mixture. You can always adjust the seasonings to your taste preferences.

The Recipe How-To

Now let’s move on to the most exciting part, making these Taco Puffs! Don’t worry, it’s pretty straightforward. You don’t need to be a master chef to pull this off.


Here are the ingredients you will need to make your Taco Puffs:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • 1 envelope of taco seasoning
  • 1 package of puff pastry
  • 1 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef with the chopped onion until browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour off any excess fat and add in the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles.
  4. Unfold your puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface and cut into six equal squares.
  5. Spoon some of the beef mixture into the center of each square.
  6. Sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese on top of the beef mixture, then fold two opposite corners of each square over the filling and press with a fork to seal.
  7. Place your Taco Puffs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Congratulations, you’ve just made delicious Taco Puffs in no time!

Substitutions and Variations

Hey there, folks. Now that you’ve got the base recipe for these scrumptious Taco Puffs down pat, you might be wondering what variations and substitutions you could make to mix things up a bit. Fear not, adventurous eaters! I’ve got some tantalizing ideas.

First off, let’s talk about the star of our dish – ground beef. While it’s definitely a classic filling for puffy tacos, you can try swapping it out for other protein-packed options like chicken, chorizo or even vegetarian options like black beans or roasted sweet potato.

If you want to add something extra special to your Taco Puffs, consider adding in diced bell peppers or some chipotle peppers for a smoky kick. And if the tomato-green chiles combo isn’t your thing, experiment with adding in different salsas and dips as a flavorful alternative.

For those of you who might want to switch up the dough portion of your Taco Puffs, consider trying out phyllo dough instead of puff pastry. It’ll give your puffs a delightful crunch and create even more flaky layers.

If you’ve got an air fryer at home, why not cooked these up in there for a healthier option? Alternatively, try making these into cheesy taco pockets by stuffing crescent rolls with seasoned beef and cheddar cheese.

Whatever variation or substitution you choose to make, don’t hesitate to get creative with this classic San Antonio dish. There really is no wrong way to enjoy a good puffy taco.

Serving and Pairing

As I sink my teeth into these delicious Taco Puffs, I can feel my taste buds dancing with joy. These puffy tacos are a complete package of flavors and textures, ready to ignite your taste buds in every bite.

These taco pockets are perfect for a fun lunchbox meal or a mid-week dinner with the family. You could also serve them as an appetizer, finger food or part of a Mexican-themed party. They can take center stage or blend harmoniously with other dishes.

For serving, you can enjoy these puffy tacos plain or garnish them with various toppings such as chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, diced avocado, jalapeno slices, sour cream or guacamole to add some freshness and crunchiness to the recipe.

To elevate your experience even further, pair your Taco Puffs with a refreshing drink like margarita, sangria, beer or soda. Additionally, you could serve them with classic side dishes like Spanish rice, refried beans or cheese dips such as queso blanco or chili con queso.

These hearty puffy tacos are perfect for feeding a crowd since they’re so versatile and can be customized to suit any preference. They are bound to impress even the pickiest eaters at the dinner table by offering a unique twist on the classic ground beef tacos.

So sit down with your favorite people and start devouring these tasty Taco Puffs!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Alright folks, let’s talk about how to make your Taco Puffs recipe ahead of time and store it for later. You never know when you’ll be in a pinch for some quick and easy snacks, so making these ahead of time can be a real lifesaver.

First things first, let’s talk about cooling. Once you’ve popped your delicious Taco Puffs out of the oven and into the real world, give them a chance to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. This will prevent the pastries from getting too soggy by allowing any steam to escape.

Now here’s an important tip: if you’re planning on storing your Taco Puffs overnight, don’t fill them with cheese just yet. The moisture from the cheese can cause the pastry to become soft and floppy. Instead, after baking let them cool completely and place them in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. Keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours before filling with cheddar cheese and reheating.

When it’s time to reheat your Taco Puffs, go ahead and preheat your oven (or toaster oven) to 375°F (191°C). Make sure they are still sealed tightly before placing them in the oven or toaster oven. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until heated through that way you can melt that delicious cheddar cheese filling perfectly.

If you want to make larger batches of Taco Puffs ahead of time, freeze those babies! Assemble the puffs as indicated in the recipe but do not bake them yet. Instead, place on a flat sheet pan and pop them into the freezer for about an hour or so until they firm up just enough to handle without losing shape.

Once frozen, place your Taco Puffs into an airtight container or sealable plastic bag then put back on the freezer space as this dish is fantastic when stored in medium-term storage. When you’re ready to bake off a batch or two simply add that extra cooking time at a slightly lower temperature so they emerge crispy and hot in every bite.

So there you have it amigos! The trick to making sure those puffy tacos stay perfectly cheesy even when made-ahead, stored or reheated is all about proper cooling techniques and storage procedures!

Tips for Perfect Results

Cooking perfection isn’t easily achieved, but it is possible with the right tips and tricks. Here are some essential tips to help you make the perfect taco puffs.

1. Don’t Overstuff the Puffs: Although it may be tempting to pile on the filling, be cautious of adding too much filling in the puff pastry. Too much filling can overcrowd and weigh down the puff pastry, which can cause them to burst or not puff up as well.

2. Keep the Ingredients Chilled: Keeping your ingredients chilled while working with puff pastry can keep it from getting too warm and losing its shape or becoming too sticky to handle. Make sure that your beef mixture has cooled before you fill the puff pastry and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake them.

3. Choose High-Quality Ingredients: The key to making delicious taco puffs is by using high-quality ingredients. Use fresh herbs instead of dried and choose lean cuts of ground beef. Opt for fresh vegetables when available and look for a good quality cheddar cheese.

4. Bake at Right Temperature: Pay close attention to your oven temperature to ensure that the taco puffs cook evenly and thoroughly without burning. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and follow the recommended baking time in the recipe.

5. Serve Immediately: The best time to serve these tasty taco puffs is immediately after you’ve made them, so they’re hot and crispy out of the oven.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create appetizing taco puffs that everyone will enjoy.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Taco Puffs recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to add a new spin to their taco game. With puffy dough and a savory, spiced beef filling, this dish is sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also easy to make and can be customized to fit any taste preference. From the ground beef taco pockets to the cheesy, puffy tacos recipe, there are endless possibilities with this recipe.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen now and whip up some Taco Puffs! You won’t regret it. And who knows? It might just become a new staple in your recipe book.

Taco Puffs

Taco Puffs Recipe

Originally from Taste of Home's "Five Ingredient Cookbook." Tacos in a biscuit. Easy and yummy. I've thrown some extra spice into the meat here. I am guesstimating on all amounts, as really I just use dashes of each until I feel comfortable that all meat has been seasoned through. "Jump Up and Kiss Me" is a hot sauce that is one of my dad's fave's and I've now always got a bottle on hand, too. I think you have to special order it. Though I do highly recommend it, if you can't find it, just sub in hot sauce of your choice. These work best if you use original style biscuits, not buttermilk, and definitely not the "Flaky Layers" kinds. You can also just buy and use "Mexican Blend" cheese pre-shredded at the store.
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Course: Appetizer or Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Easy, Inexpensive, Lunch, Meat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 617kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/8 teaspoon creole seasoning (to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder (to taste)
  • 1 pinch cayenne (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Frank's red hot sauce
  • 1 dash jump up and kiss me hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 (16 ounce) tubes large refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place meat in a bowl. Add all dry seasonings, hot sauce, and lime juice. Mix with hands until combined thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet, add onions and begin to soften. *At this juncture, you can also add a dash of chili powder in with your onions if desired.
  • As soon as you have seasoned meat, add it to the onions and cook over medium heat until onions are soft and beef is no longer pink;drain. Add the taco seasoning and prepared according to package directions. Cool slightly.
  • Flatten half of the biscuits into 4-inch circles; place on a large greased cookie sheet. Spoon 1/4 cup meat mixture onto each; top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Flatten the remaining biscuits; place on top and pinch edges to seal tightly. Press edges shut with a fork to ensure a good seal. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Serving: 216g | Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 25.4g | Fat: 35.7g | Saturated Fat: 13.9g | Cholesterol: 68.2mg | Sodium: 1342.7mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.6g

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