Avocado Salsa & Taco Cups

PREP TIME: 20 mins
COOK TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 35 mins


Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 medium avocado diced
  • 1 small tomato seeded and diced
  • 1 small jalapeno diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Taco Cups:

  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese finely shredded, divided ( or your favorite kind of cheese)
  • 1 pound of ground beef 80% lean ( we prefer using ground turkey but it is completely up to you)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 200°F and line a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
  • Divide 1½ cups of the shredded cheese into 6 piles (approximately ¼ cup each) on the prepared baking sheet and spread each pile into a thin circular layer.
  • Place baking sheets in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and slightly browned around the edges, around 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes, then remove the cheese and press into 3” ramekins or a muffin tin to form cups. Let cool for several minutes before gently removing the cheese cups from the form.
  • In the meantime, add the ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat and cook until the beef is browned and cooked through, approximately 6-8 minutes. Carefully drain excess grease from the skillet and return to the cooktop.
  • Add water and season with chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.
  • While the beef is cooking, combine the avocado, tomato, lime juice, jalapeno, and fresh cilantro in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and gently stir to combine.
  • To serve, fill the taco cheese cups with beef, avocado salsa, and remaining shredded cheese.