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Black Bean Taco Cups

February 18, 2017 (Last Updated: February 19, 2020)

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Mini Taco Cups made with black beans and phyllo dough. These make ahead bites are perfect for serving as an appetizer anytime of the year. Filled with seasoned black beans, cheese, guacamole and fresh tomatoes.

Black Bean Taco Cups filled with cheese and guacamole and topped with a black olive slice.

Appetizers are never out of season. I serve appetizers at just about every get-together we have and there are times when all I want for dinner are appetizers. Mini tacos served on a white plate.

These black bean taco cups are perfect for a party or for just when you are craving appetizers.

I used phyllo dough to make these cups. They are super easy, stay extra crispy, and have a great crunch with every bite! Need I say more?

Phyllo cups without any filling arranged on a white platter.

How do you make the phyllo cups?

I started with phyllo dough and brushed seasoned melted butter between each layer. After four layers, I sliced the dough into 3 inch squares.

The squares were placed in mini muffin tins and baked.

Mini taco cups filled with cheese and guacamole.

Can I make these ahead of time?

You can make the cups ahead of time and then fill just before serving. I was a bit worried about the phyllo cups becoming soggy after adding the filling, but they stayed crunchy for a couple of hours!

Black bean taco cups topped with a black olive.

What do I add to these Black Bean Taco Cups?

For the filling of these crunchy taco cups, I used homemade guacamole, black beans, tomatoes, cheese and olives. You can easily add your favorite ingredients – like salsa or sour cream.

If you have extra phyllo cups, you might also try filling them with goat cheese in this recipe from No Spoon Necessary. 

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5 from 2 votes
Black bean taco cups are just what you need for your next party!
Black Bean Taco Cups
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Mini Taco Cups made with black beans and phyllo dough.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: appetizer with black beans, taco appetizer, taco cups
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 96 kcal
Author: Kathy
Phyllo Cups
  • 1 roll frozen phyllo dough thawed
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
Phyllo Cups
  1. Remove 4 sheets of phyllo dough from package.  Cover with a clean towel.

  2. Mix melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning together.

  3. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a cutting board. Brush very lightly with butter. 

  4. Place another sheet of dough directly on top of the first sheet. Brush very lightly with butter.

    Repeat with a third sheet.

    Place fourth sheet on top, but do not butter.

  5. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut dough into 3 inch squares.

  6. Grab each stack and place into a mini muffin tin pressing dough down into corners.

  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes until golden. When slightly cooled, carefully remove from muffin tins. 

  1. Pour beans into a colander and rinse to remove all sauce. Shake to remove any excess water. Pour beans into a bowl and mix in 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning. 

Assemble Cups
  1. Add 1-2 teaspoons of beans to the bottom of each cup. 

  2. Add a small amount of cheese, tomatoes, guacamole so cups are full. Top with olives and fresh chopped cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Other ingredients to add: chopped onions, salsa, sour cream, slice jalapenos.

Phyllo cups can be made ahead of time and stored in an air tight container for up to one day.


Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Taco Cups
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    5 stars
    A great snack idea.

  • Reply
    March 1, 2017 at 6:55 am

    These are so adorable! A second ago I didn’t even know about mini taco cups with phyllo dough and now I am totally craving them. šŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures, they certainly made me hungry!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Just a little warning…they are addicting!

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    February 23, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I love all Mexican foods and these cute little appetizer cups look so good! Yummy!

    • Reply
      February 26, 2017 at 5:32 am

      Thanks, Elaine! They are really yummy!

  • Reply
    Miriam -
    February 23, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Completely agree with you – appetizers are never out of season, especially when they look that pretty šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      February 26, 2017 at 5:33 am

      There’s always a reason for a little party! And then you must serve appetizers! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    February 22, 2017 at 4:01 am

    These adorable taco cups look taco-licious, Kathy. Love the fact you used phyllo dough. Loving these beauties.

    • Reply
      February 26, 2017 at 5:37 am

      They are cute! The only problem is they disappear so quickly! Everyone love ’em!

  • Reply
    February 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    This is a great idea. We like to have “Happy Hour” occasionally at our house. We serve “Mocktails”, and have finger foods. I’m adding this to my menu plan.

    • Reply
      February 26, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Having a Happy Hour sounds like fun!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    February 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Say no more and count me in for some of these bite sized tacos!

    • Reply
      February 26, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Tacos are one of my favorite foods, but make them in bite sized and I love ’em even more!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 21, 2017 at 4:57 am

    You are totally right that appetizers never go out of style! No matter what time of the year, there’s always an occasion for delicious appetizers. For me, this is college basketball food now that March is almost here. Love the bite-sized taco approach here. Yum!!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      You’ll be all set for March Madness with these appetizers!

  • Reply
    February 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Those cups are so dang cute! Im loving the bite sized goodness!

    • Reply
      February 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      There is something about food in mini form! They just taste better!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    February 20, 2017 at 7:13 am

    You had me at taco cups! lol! I LOVE tacos or taco anything and I could eat these cups for dinner…or lunch…or breakfast. Perfect for meatless Monday today too!

    • Reply
      February 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Taco, Taco! They are perfect for just about anytime! šŸ™‚

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