Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups

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Such a fun and simple snack idea, or great for a whole meal, these Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups are a favorite with my teenagers.

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups
Reveal day for Group D in the Secret Recipe Club has arrived again and it’s time to make the big reveal.

The blog that I was assigned this month is So Tasty, So Yummy, a very fitting name, if I do say so myself. I had a difficult time choosing just one thing, as is normally the case.

I decided early on to focus on a more savory dish as Monday’s are always our This Week’s Cravings days and I had originally had a sweet dish prepared for that (I changed a few days ago and am saving the other for another week).

Just to be clear, Katie has lots of delicious sweet recipes and it really was hard to stay away from them. Her savory recipes are just as difficult to choose between.

Lots of great ideas, but after narrowing it down to 6 choices, I let mini-chef choose the final recipe.

She chose these Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups and can I just tell you that I am really grateful she did. They are SO good and they were fun to make.

I only made a few small adjustments. I had to make more because not only is my family huge, but the kids had a few friends over, so we made more than the original recipe called for.

Plus, they were super easy to drop into freezer bags to freeze and can be microwaved quickly for a snack. The only other thing I did was use Homemade Taco Seasoning (because I make homemade taco seasoning – a lot.)

Secret Recipe Participants: What did you make for the Secret Recipe club this month? 

Everyone: Have you ever used a muffin pan to make something other than muffins? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Recipe for Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups
Such a fun and simple snack idea, or great for a whole meal, these Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Cups are a favorite with my teenagers.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American


  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of Rotel
  • 2 pkgs. taco seasoning mix
  • cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 12 – 24 to rtillas depending on how full you want them
  • 2-3 cans of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 – ½ c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese


  • Throw the chicken breasts, Rotel, Taco Seasoning, water and oil into your crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Shred the chicken, return to the crockpot and cook on low for 30 more minutes. During the last 15-20 minutes throw in the black beans. At this point, preheat your oven to 400 degrees to get it ready.
  • Grease your muffin pan – we used two. Cut the tortillas into circles small enough to create cups in the muffin tins, pressing each into the muffin tin. (save the remnants for Homemade Tortilla Soup).
  • Fill each cup with the chicken mixture and top each with cheese. Bake all of it for about 8 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melted. I added a few minutes on at the end because the flour tortillas were still a bit soft and I wanted them to harden more. Just watch to make sure you don’t over cook but you’re looking for firmness so they can be removed and stand like a mini bowl.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Yum!! Thank you Katie!
Keyword easy appetizer, easy crockpot recipes, easy dinner recipes
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  1. So glad you enjoyed them! They are a favorite of my mini-chef as well. I will have to try them with homemade taco seasoning next time, great idea.

  2. Katie, we enjoyed this recipe tremendously. So fun to make and they were amazing. Funny, my hubby wasn’t too sure of them either and he just made himself a taco. About twenty minutes later I checked on him and curiosity got the better of him. He’d tried one and had to have another. Score for us! haha
    Thanks for all your great yummy recipes – it was not an easy choice!

  3. I’ve made tortilla bowls with the inverse side of the muffin pan, but it hadn’t occurred to me to fill them before baking. What a lovely, yummy idea!

  4. I can’t wait to try these! They look yummy! Do you think they would freeze well? I bet it’s a great idea to have a lunch or dinner another night after making them!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. My family loves Mexican style food, and these are just to cute and yummy looking not to try.

  6. These look delicious!! A great recipe to pick. I made orange cream cheese bundt cakes for SRC. Muffin pans are very versatile – you can make all sorts of sweet and savoury dishes in them.

  7. Hey Nicole!! I forget to tell you I finally got to try these last weekend!! They were awesome! I didn’t change much, I cut the recipe in half, I used Corn tortilla’s which now I know why you didn’t, I tried to make it healthier but they break LOL…I also used a different cheese, other than that they were awesome, I had filling left over so I even made regular enchillada’s a few days later, awesome filling! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tammi, I love hearing when someone made something I’ve posted. We did try them with corn tortillas and yes, they broke. haha I’m thinking these little things could be made with all sorts of different cheeses and it would probably change up the flavor a bit. That’s perfect. The filling is amazing. Thanks for letting me know you tried them!

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