Taco Pop Tarts

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Taco Pop Tarts …AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

Looking for a fun new way to serve up tacos for Taco Tuesday? You need to try these taco pop tarts! Such a fun twist on the traditional taco. They are fairly simple to make and are super yummy dipped in your favorite salsa. I can never get enough tacos, so I’m always looking for new ways to make them.

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

Here are a few of my favorite other ways: shredded beef tacos, chicken tinga tacos, taco bowlsranch chicken tacos and taco lettuce wrap.

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

Taco Pop Tarts Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies (I used Old El Paso)
  • 1/2 cup salsa (I used this recipe)
  • 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso taco seasoning, more to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Colby jack cheese sticks
  • 4 uncooked pie crusts (I used Pillsbury)

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

I used some of my favorite Old El Paso ingredients the chopped green chilies and Taco seasoning, which are staples in my house!

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

Taco Pop Tarts Instructions (printable recipe below):

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Cook the meat in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in the onions and green chiles. Cook until the meat is browned. Stir in the salsa, taco seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

Lay out one pie crust onto a flat surface. Cut off the rounded edges, creating a rectangle. Then cut into 6 rectangles. Spoon about 3 to 4 Tablespoons of the taco meat into the center of the rectangle. Next slice the cheese stick in half and then in half again, creating 12 pieces. Place one piece of cheese on top of the taco meat. Then place the opposite rectangle on top. You may want to stretch it lightly before putting it on. Press the edges down, trim any excess dough if needed and then go around the edges with a fork. Poke 9 holes in each pop tart.

Place the pop tarts onto the prepared pan and  bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Dip in your favorite salsa!

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

Taco Pop Tarts

Yield: 12 poptarts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles (I used Old El Paso)
  • 1/2 cup salsa (I used this recipe)
  • 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso taco seasoning, more to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Colby jack cheese sticks
  • 4 uncooked pie crusts (I used Pillsbury)
  • Optional dips: Salsa, Sour Cream or Guacamole

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Cook the meat in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in the onions and green chiles. Cook until the meat is browned. Stir in the salsa, taco seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

Lay out one pie crust onto a flat surface. Cut off the rounded edges, creating a rectangle. Then cut into 6 rectangles. Spoon about 3 to 4 Tablespoons of the taco meat into the center of the rectangle. Next slice the cheese stick in half and then in half again, creating 12 pieces. Place one piece of cheese on top of the taco meat. Then place the opposite rectangle on top. You may want to stretch it lightly before putting it on. Press the edges down, trim any excess dough if needed and then go around the edges with a fork. Poke 9 holes in each pop tart.

Place the pop tarts onto the prepared pan and  bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

You can use shredded cheese in place of the cheese sticks. Add about 2 Tablespoons per pocket.

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

These are easy to freeze for later. Simply place in zip top bag and then pull out and reheat as needed. Perfect for dinner on the go!

Taco Pop Tarts ...AKA mini taco pies are one of my families favorite! The flaky crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa give these such amazing flavor!

Hope you enjoy these taco pop tarts!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Michelle posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:17 am (#
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    Considering my kids are all huge taco fans, I KNOW my family would love these! Definitely a must try for me!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm (#
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      These are perfect for kids! So much easier to eat than tacos.

  2. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:55 am (#
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    I would so devour these!!

  3. Julie Blanner posted on April 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm (#
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    These sound too good to be true! Can’t wait to try them.

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia posted on April 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm (#
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    Oh yum! I think these would be a huge hit with my family!

  5. Valerie Chernoff posted on April 5, 2017 at 5:11 pm (#
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    Looks like I just found my appetizer’s for a happy hour at my friends house this Friday!!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm (#
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      Hope you enjoyed these as much as we did!

  6. Dee posted on April 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm (#
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    What a fun idea! My kids would love these taco pop tarts!

  7. Jen posted on April 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm (#
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    POP TARTS….FOR DINNER?!? My boys are going to be in heaven!!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm (#
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      My kids favorite! :)

  8. Patricia @ Grab a Plate posted on April 6, 2017 at 12:14 am (#
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    What a fun and clever idea! I could eat…more than one :)

  9. katerina @ diethood.com posted on April 6, 2017 at 6:31 am (#
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    What an awesome idea!! My kids will absolutely LOVE these!!

  10. Krista posted on April 12, 2017 at 1:12 am (#
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    Hello. Have you tried these with Phyllo dough? 
    Thank you! 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 12, 2017 at 7:31 am (#
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      I haven’t! If you do, let me know how it works!

  11. Bharat Ratna Winners posted on April 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm (#
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    These look crazy good!