I have a little bite that delivers some South of the Border flavor for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or summer fiesta, Cheesy Masa Cups!
You can make these cheesy corn flour cups and serve them with a variety fillings.
I filled mine with a mixture of guacamole, corn, black beans, salsa and some with leftover pulled pork.
You can top them with Mexican crema or sour cream, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, tomatoes, green onion, pico de gallo, or cheese.
These cheesy masa cups are baked in a mini muffin pan for 15 – 20 minutes. You can bake them in advance and store them in an airtight container until ready to serve. Reheat before filling or serve at room temperature.
1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack, or pepper jack for added heat)
1 stick cold butter, cubed
½ cup cold water (add additional tablespoons, one at a time if needed)
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick spray. Place masa flour into a medium bowl, add salt and cumin. Cut in butter using pastry blender until pea-sized chunks are formed. Add grated cheese. Add 1/2 cup cold water, until dough comes together to form a ball, adding additional an tablespoons of water at a time if dough is too dry. I put everything in the food processor and pulsed together for easy mixing.
Roll dough into 24 balls and place in mini muffin tin. Using spoon or melon baller press down in center to form a well for the filling.
Bake 15 – 20 minutes until golden in color. Half way through the baking time, I removed pan and used the back of spoon or melon baller to press down the center.
Cool 5 minutes in pan, remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
Serve with your fillings of choice and a cold cerveza or frosty margarita! You can find a printable recipe here.
You can find masa on the Mexican food aisle or the baking aisle with other flours, depending on your grocery store.
If you’re looking for other bites for your fiesta, help yourself to some Cinco De Mayo Mini Taco Dips, mini layered taco dips for an individual or fiesta serving!
DosBerrySalsa, full of flavor, colorful, and quick & easy to assemble!