Cheesy Masa Cups for Cinco de Mayo

Cheesy Masa Cups

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.


Cheesy Masa Cups, Makes 24 mini masa cups


2 cups instant Corn Masa Flour (I used Maseca®)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

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!

Dos Berry Salsa, full of flavor, colorful, and quick & easy to assemble!

South of the Border Flavor table inspiration and recipes for Red Chile Short Rib Tacos and Rose Sangria Spritzers!

 Corn and Bacon Guacamole

Put the Olé in guacamole with the addition of sweet roasted corn and smoky bacon!

And end your Cinco de Mayo celebration on sweet note with Key Lime Margarita Cupcakes!

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  19 comments for “Cheesy Masa Cups for Cinco de Mayo

  1. April 22, 2015 at 6:18 am

    It all looks delish, Mary!

  2. April 22, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Yes please! All perfect party food and great for a little noshing:@) Ole!

  3. April 22, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Great eats! All perfect food for a tapas party for Cinco de Mayo!

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    April 22, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Ole!!! Mary…looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing! 😍

  5. April 22, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Oh man, I just had breakfast , and I’m still hungry! Yum!

  6. April 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    What a brilliant little South of the Border bite Mary! Love the BBQ pork version, this is a must try recipe~I hate to admit that my eyes were very drawn to the cold Corona and it’s only 7am! I think I’m in need of a fiesta :)

  7. April 22, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Yes please Mary, I’d love a serving of each of your Cinco de Mayo inspirations. The darling masa cups are perfect for starting off my meal. Yum!

  8. April 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I just wrote down this recipe!…Such a great thing to bring to a Cinco de Mayo party!…and to think Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner!….Time flies!….Gorgeous presentations as always Mary!!…have a great day!

  9. April 22, 2015 at 9:38 am

    You have my mouth watering, I haven’t eaten anything yet! These look SO good, as do all the recipes. I made the mini taco dips for a get together here last year and they were a big hit. As always your presentation is flawless. Have a great day!

  10. April 22, 2015 at 10:02 am

    What a wonderful post! Everything is perfect for a South of The Border Feast! Your photographs are truly amazing! I want to try those cups and asap!

    Have a fun day~

  11. April 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Great idea and something I’ve never seen. Thanks for sharing! Debbie

  12. April 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Looks so good! Really want to try for cinco de mayo!

  13. April 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    The masa cups sound like fun and look delicious…I love the addition of cumin!

    I just realized I have a table runner and 2 napkins just like your placemats – they were given to me by a friend last year!

  14. Rattlebridge Farm
    April 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Beautiful and delicious, Mary! The masa cups are the perfect “vehicle” for all of that Tex-Mex goodness.

  15. franki
    April 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    YUMmmmm!! Those cupcakes!!! franki

  16. Marie in AZ
    April 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Hi, Mary–I only have one word for this gorgeous post: it’s beautiful and everything looks so yummy!—ooops, that’s more than one…I couldn’t help it! Thanks for generously sharing such great ideas. – Marie

  17. Laurie
    April 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Oh my gosh, this all looks absolutely delicious and inspiring! yum

  18. May 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    These are adorable, wait til you see my cinco de mayo, one big blurt!

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