Easy Taco Bites Recipe + Giveaway to an Exclusive San Diego Dinner

This 100-person dinner is hosted by LA VICTORIA and features a La Jolla chef

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This year, the LA VICTORIA® brand celebrates 100 years of providing authentic, flavorful salsas, taco sauces, enchilada sauces and chiles in the U.S. Founded in 1917 by the La Baca family, the LA VICTORIA® brand created the first-ever jarred salsa,  also known as their SALSA BRAVA® and heat thermometer (now ubiquitous with packaged Mexican foods).

Part of the anniversary festivities include an exclusive 100-person dinner at the Junipero Serra museum in San Diego. It’s part of a series of dinners to honor the brand’s West Coast roots and they’ve enlisted the help of local chefs, artists and musicians to help bring the celebration to life, in addition to people like me to help spread the news.

I’m celebrating by doing two things in this post. First, I share a recipe for two-bite taco cups featuring two popular LA VICTORIA salsas: Mango Habanero Salsa and Salsa Verde. And, I’m also giving away two tickets to this 100-person dinner that is not otherwise open to the public.

The chef for the evening is Chef de Cuisine Christine Rivera of Galaxy Taco in La Jolla. I can’t wait to see what she prepares. In the meantime, let me tell you how to make this fun little appetizer.

Recipe: Easy Taco Bites

A mini taco bites recipe to make for your next party.

I’ve seen people make taco and other various cups out of won tons so have always wanted to try it myself. Basically, what you need to do is think about what you’d like to put in a taco and just do it… in a won ton.

It works, really.

Won ton skins can typically be found in the refrigerator section of major grocery stores that also sell the likes of tofu. In our case, this is VONS. Asian grocers sell won ton wrappers, too.

Cook the turkey or lean beef as directed by your favorite taco seasoning packet. (As an aside, we have made these without the taco seasoning and they are nowhere near as good so don’t skip it.)

Spray a mini muffin tin (or a larger muffin tin if you want a bigger version) with spray oil. This is important because it helps the bottom of the won ton wrapper turn from soft to crispy.

Slide a won ton wrapper into the mini muffin tin and let the sides fall as they may, leaving enough room to stuff taco meat and cheese inside.

Bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes or until the edges of the won ton wrapper are golden brown. I would suggest rotating the pan by 180° half way through if your oven has a reputation for uneven cooking. Pull out a won ton or two in the middle of the pan to see if the bottom has browned and hardened a little before removing the pan from the oven completely. In my experience, the bottom will never fully brown or get as crispy as the edges but some golden brown color is preferable.

Next, carefully remove each taco bite from the pan and top with salsa. Because I had jars of both the LA VICTORIA Mango Habanero and LA VICTORIA Thick’N Chunky Salsa Verde salsas, I decided to make half of the mini taco cups with one and half with the other.

Mini taco bites made with mango habanero salsa or salsa verde.

Which tastes better depends on you as they are both very good. My husband is not usually keen on sweet flavors so he preferred the salsa verde taco bites. I personally thought the mango habanero was better. It’s sweet and spicy, which is a unique combo in a taco especially when it has a won ton wrapper. Love it.

Then, add sour cream and chives. I really like it with a wedge of lime and cilantro leave but put these out on the side for people to add, if they please.

Two-bite taco cups with a cilantro garnish. An easy, tasty party recipe.

Serve immediately as they do taste better warm. It’s a two-bite experience.

If you’re not going to serve them warm, think about baking only the won ton wrappers first as LA VICTORIA does here in a similar recipe that I discovered after making these!

Recipe: Easy Two-Bite Taco Cups

Yield: About 30 taco bites

Recipe: Easy Two-Bite Taco Cups

Ingredients

  • 1lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 11/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of LA VICTORIA Habanero Mango Salsa and/or LA VICTORIA Thick'N Chunky Salsa Verde
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • spring onions
  • spray oil
  • cilantro (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F
  2. Cook the meat using your favorite taco seasoning's instructions.
  3. Spray a mini muffin tin with spray oil
  4. Place won ton wrappers in a mini muffin tin.
  5. Put roughly 1 tsp of meat into the won ton wrapper
  6. Top it with a pinch of cheese.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the won ton wrapper browns. Check the bottom of the won ton wrapper to be sure it is also slightly browned and hardened.
  8. Remove taco bites from the pan.
  9. Top with LA VICTORIA Mango Habanero Salsa or LA VICTORIA Thick'N Chunky Salsa Verde.
  10. Add a small dollop of sour cream.
  11. Top with chives for color.
  12. Serve warm.
https://lajollamom.com/taco-bites-recipe/

You could also kick up the spice a notch with LA VICTORIA SALSA BRAVA if you prefer hot sauce to a medium salsa. The SALSA BRAVA products were the first jarred salsas sold in the U.S. All of LA VICTORIA’s salsas are made in California, which is cool.

A recipe for mini taco bites with La Victoria mango habanero salsa.

About LA VICTORIA’s 100th Anniversary Dinner in San Diego

To pay homage to its Mexican heritage and the modern West Coast lifestyle, the makers of the LA VICTORIA® brand will partner with local chefs, artists and musicians to help bring the celebration to life in each city.

“Our communal dinner parties celebrate everything that modern-day Mexican has to offer, from freshly-picked, simple ingredients in the meals to interesting local art and music,” adds Friedman. “Additionally, we’re proud to give back to the local communities that have been a big part of our history by awarding talented artists in each city the chance to win a grand prize and other exciting gifts.”

  • The 100-person, exclusive dinner will be at San Diego’s Junipero Serra Museum.
  • Award-winning local chef Christine Rivera (Chef de Cuisine at Galaxy Taco in La Jolla) will be serving up delicious cuisine for a multi-course menu—all which will incorporate LA VICTORIA salsas, sauces and chiles.
  • The popular, OB-based indie rock band The Verigolds will be playing fun tunes all night.
  • There will also be five San Diego-based artists who will showcase an original piece of visual art that showcases “Modern, West Coast Lifestyle” while giving a nod to LA VICTORIA® Brand. One will be awarded a grand prize of $7,500, while the second- and third-place winners will take home $1,500 and $1,000.

This exciting dinner is invitation-only and not open to the public so this is your chance to go!

LA VICTORIA Dinner Ticket Giveaway

To enter to win two (2) tickets to this amazing anniversary dinner, all you need to do is share why you’d like to go by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. That’s it.

You will also get a bonus entry for tweeting the giveaway (leave me an extra comment telling me that you’ve tweeted.

Win 2 tickets to @LAVICTORIABrand's 100th anniversary dinner at San Diego's Junipero Serra Museum.Click To Tweet

The tickets will be mailed to you in time to addend the May 11th dinner. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age and older and void where prohibited.

Good luck!
Make this easy two-bite mini taco cup recipe as a party appetizer.
Thanks to LA VICTORIA for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

Make this easy two-bite mini taco cup recipe as a party appetizer.
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23 Comments

  1. Jemma
    May 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    I chose San Diego to be my home because I know it was a special place that could bring me joy, we have all the different variables that make this city extraordinary. The freshest food, the best weather, and of course all the talented people like yourself that work so hard to make this city an even more stunning place to live. This event appears to have all the winning combinations for an unforgettable night.
    To attend this event with my Mexican fiance would be a priceless experience. He knew I was his taco mate for life when he realized how much I cherish artisanal taco and a well-made margarita. I want my guest to be drunk on colors and enriched by flavors, an event like this would be helpful in preparing my future wedding.

    Good luck to everyone and especially to me 😉

  2. Theresa Martin
    April 30, 2017 at 7:39 am — Reply

    What a fun event! As a native San Diegan, I live and breathe tacos and go through withdrawals if I can’t have my Mexican food fix a couple times a week. I hope I win!

  3. April 29, 2017 at 9:45 am — Reply

    I’d love to win and take my hubs! We both love Tacos (who doesn’t, really), and I love the J. Serra Museum! It’s one of our favorite places in SD.

    I also tweeted!

  4. April 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm — Reply

    Ah, La Victoria! I grew up with those salsas! It would be so much fun to help celebrate this special anniversary with a family favorite!

  5. April 28, 2017 at 6:47 pm — Reply

    Everyday should be taco day! 🌮

  6. April 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    This recipe is adorable! I love La Victoria Salsa and have been a fan for a super long time!
    The evening sounds amazing and I’d love to go with my husband and have a fun night out. It will bring back fond memories for me of chasing my toddlers around the grounds of the Junipero Serra Museum.
    But even more importantly I’m making those killer taco cups!

    *Tweet, tweet 🙂

  7. Diana
    April 28, 2017 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    I have decided to make some healthy choices this year and have lost 12 pounds so far. I love spicy and flavorful food. I’m all about finding new ways to prepare my favorites in a healthier way. “Diet food” doesn’t have to be boring and depressing. I consider La Victoria Salsa a “free food” on my diet. I can put on top of cooked chicken breast, taco salad, sliced mango, scoop it with cucumber slices and it’s delicious! I would love to attend this dinner because I would love to see how the chefs prepare beautiful meals with La Victoria products! Hey, maybe I’ll get some new recipes!

  8. April 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    My birthday is on May 12th, so being able to go to a foodie event like this would be a wonderful experience.

  9. Kasey Clark
    April 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    I also tweeted about the giveaway!

  10. Kasey Clark
    April 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    I would love to attend this amazing event because it celebrates everything vibrant and special about California and its unique blend of heritages. My husband and I just moved to San Diego a month ago, and we are pinching ourselves everyday! We are loving the cuisine and all the many cultural events happening any given day. Attending this dinner would be a chance for us to learn more about all things artsy, delicious, and local!

  11. Lola
    April 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Sounds amazing and fun! I just absolutely love my Mexican heritage and culture and to be able to experience San Diego on a special night like this would be fantastic! The husband and I are also musicians so we definitely appreciate the value of something unique as this. Plus, we have not had a dinner night away from our lovely girls in quite a long time so we would be so grateful! Happy Friday! Salud!

  12. Amy A
    April 28, 2017 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    My husband’s favorite jarred salsa is La Victoria! Mexican food is my favorite and I’d love to be able to take my husband for a nice dinner date because with two kids and a tight student budget it never happens! Also, i love this taco wonton recipe, so simple, but looks like a delicious twist to the normal tacos. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amy A
    April 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    My husband’s favorite jarred salsa is La Victoria! Mexican food is my favorite and I’d love to be able to take my husband for a nice dinner date because with two kids and a tight student budget it never happens! Also, i love this taco wonton recipe, so simple, but looks like a delicious twist to the normal tacos. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Chelsea Clark
    April 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Love the recipe! Definitely saving for later.

    I’m always looking for unique ways to experience and enjoy San Diego. I think the dinner would be a fun way to experience some of the culture and enjoy some amazing food.

    Tweeted 🙂

  15. Marcela A.
    April 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    We love The Serra Museum! And Galaxy Taco has become another one of our favorite restaurants in all Jolla 🙂 Would love to go and surprise my husband as well since we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary 💜 Thank you so much for the recipe as well….will definitely give it a try 🙂

  16. Cristina
    April 28, 2017 at 11:02 am — Reply

    It would be a nice surprise date night for the hubs and I. We’re so busy with driving kids to school and sports, it will be nice to have an “us” time, not to mention, who doesn’t LOVE Mexican food?!

  17. April 28, 2017 at 10:32 am — Reply

    Sounds so fun and a unique experience! Love me some salsa too!

  18. Rebecca Zucker
    April 28, 2017 at 8:32 am — Reply

    My husband would go crazy over this event and I would love to surprise him with tickets!

  19. Eva Brunner
    April 28, 2017 at 4:28 am — Reply

    I’d love to go because my husband and I are in need of a super unique date night! I love the idea of amazing food, history and music all rolled into one night. Plus, with a birthday coming up, this would be an amazing gift for my salsa loving husband!!

  20. Gabbi Darris
    April 28, 2017 at 1:48 am — Reply

    Love great food, salsa, and an event at The Serra Museum! What an amazing combination! Thank you for sharing a one of a kind experience.

  21. Sylvia B,
    April 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm — Reply

    Ooh fun recipe and fun giveaway! Thanks La Victoria! Chef Rivera @xtine65 is super cool and I love Galaxy Taco @galaxytacosd!

  22. Jason Davis
    April 27, 2017 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    Would love to go, it’s exclusive, great food, and art. Can’t go wrong! I also tweeted! thanks

  23. Celene Robbins
    April 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    Being of Mexican descent I consider myself a connoisseur of great salsa. La Victoria stands up to the very best that I’ve had the pleasure of trying. I’d love the opportunity to be amongst many other salsa lovers.

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