Quick, easy, and uber customizable, these Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups are ready to take your snack game to the next level! Serve them up as a side dish, appetizer, or snack, or add your favorite protein and give them spotlight status at mealtime.
I could come up with a fun intro to today’s recipe, or a story, or maybe a musing of sorts…
Or I can simply shove veggies in your face and tell you to eat them.
I think I may do the latter today.
Veggies: they’re healthy, they’re delicious, eat them.
Preferably in Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cup form.
Eat. Yo. Veggies.
Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups
Southwest Veggie Won-ton Cups
Yield 12 servings
- 1/3 cup bell pepper, diced
- 1/3 cup yellow corn
- 1/3-1/2 cup black beans
- 2-3 oz cheese, chopped or grated
- 12 won-ton wrappers
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, or to taste
chipotle yogurt sauce:
- 3 TBSP greek yogurt
- 1 tsp chipotle adobo sauce
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- a pinch of salt, to taste
Feeling saucy? Double or triple the sauce recipe and put it on everything!
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prep a muffin tin with mini or standard sized cups by spritzing with oil.
- In a bowl, combine bell pepper, corn, black beans, and cheese. Set aside.
- Next lay out your won-ton wrappers on a cutting board and season each side with paprika and garlic powder.
- Mold each won-ton square to the cups in the muffin tin and fill with your veggies and cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes or until the won-ton cups are crispy and golden and the cheese has melted.
- For extra crispy cups, bake the won-tons first at 350 for 8-10 minutes, fill shells with veggies and cheese, then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- While you wait on the oven, whisk together your sauce and chop your cilantro.
- Garnish each completed veggie cup with a dizzle of sauce and a sprinkle of cilantro. Dig in!
I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese but feel free to use any of your favorites! Pepper Jack cheese would taste great and so would Gouda! Have fun with it!For a speedy no-chop no-blend sauce I simply used the adobo sauce from the canned chipotle peppers to season my yogurt sauce with. If you want to dice or blend the peppers into this tasty condiment, go for it! I'll often blend a big batch and put in on everything from quesadillas to french fries. It's cool, creamy, smoky, and beyond delicious! Enjoy!
For a freezer-friendly snack, under-bake the won-ton cups by a few minutes an freeze, spaced on a baking sheet. Transfer to a freezer safe container and simply pop them in the oven or toaster-oven for a speedy snack or uber-easy appetizer!
I totally won’t tell if you make yours extra cheesy. It’ll be our delicious little secret.
special diets and swaps
Gluten-free? No problem!
This recipe is easily made using those little crunchy tortilla chip “bowls” for frugal and tasty swap! The filling will make 24 cups instead of 12 using this simple substitute.
feel free to add your favorite protein to the mix! These taco cups make a great base for leftovers! Shredded chicken, rotisserie poultry, ground turkey, ground beef, pulled pork… have at it!
skip the cheese, sub your favorite hot sauce or salsa for the yogurt sauce and use corn tortilla chip bowls instead of won-ton wrappers [since most are made with eggs] and you’re good to go!
but really . . . how are they!?
Ah-mazing! The filling is great every which way (and plays best supporting role in my Guacamole Taco recipe) and they can even be made in advance for easy snacking! Make it a meal by adding a side salad to the mix or simply serve them up as an after school snack or party appetizer!
In other news, hotel living has me a tad delirious. Correction: hotel living with a toddler has me straight up cuckoo for cocoa puffs. On the bright side, since our future abode doesn’t come with a fridge, I get to pick my own. This will be my 9th kitchen in just over 10 years I’m pretty sure I know exactly what I want.
I want it to wash my dishes.
What? That’s what a dishwasher is supposed to do? I have one of those… it doesn’t seem to do a good job at clearing the dishes from the table, the sink, and all over the countertops. Maybe my fridge could pick up the slack…
A girl can dream!
Speaking of dreams, I did manage to find the fridge of my dreams! Unfortunately for me it had the price tag of my nightmares so I’m going to call a hard pass on that one. I’d like to be able to afford the fridge AND the groceries that go it. It’s really not too much to ask! There are so many options on the market right now it’s ridiculous. One even had speakers inside it so it can play music for you while you root around for that frozen bar of chocolate you hid from yourself.
If I’m shelling out for extras it better chop my veggies and tell me I’m pretty.