These Easy Mini Mexican Tarts are filled with sausage, salsa and cheese-filled and will disappear by halftime! My personal football fanatic taste testers gave these Tex-Mex Appetizers their seal of approval! 

Closeup of Mini Mexican Tarts on a white tray

Mini Mexican Tarts

Oh, boy, the tension was growing. Our two favorite teams were still in the running, and I had to busy myself in the kitchen during the games as the family’s nervous energy was contagious.

So I went to work and whipped up some irresistible munchies for mid-game. Of course, the gang was way too wound up to eat, but when the game clock ticked down to zero, they were all over these mini Mexican tarts. And we toasted the double win with beer, sodas and my favorite Gallo wines.

Mini Mexican Tarts lined up on a white tray


Easy and Elegant Spicy Sausage Appetizers

These babies may look complicated, but I guarantee that these spicy mini Mexican tarts appetizers were a cinch to prepare. I oiled my Mini Muffin Pan, then inserted wonton wrappers into each cup.

Next, I sautéed up some Italian sausage with a touch of minced garlic, then added salsa, a can of chopped green chiles and some cheese. A spoonful of the spicy filling was scooped into each cup then popped in the oven.

To ensure the bottoms got crispy, the mini tarts were removed from the tin and placed on a Baking Sheet for another short stint in the oven. Cooled for a minute or two, these Tex-Mex Appetizers were ready for prime time. My football fans shoveled them into their mouths at a record pace.

Overhead view of Mini Mexican Tarts on a white ceramic tray

If you have company, feel free to garnish these mini Mexican tarts with a little dollop of sour cream, sliced olives, cheese, cilantro or whatever tickles your fancy. These Mini Mexican Tarts will disappear at your game day party!

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You may need these supplies to make these mini Mexican Tarts:

Mini Mexican Tarts | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese!

Mini Mexican Tarts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 24

A Tex-Mex appetizer made easy with filo shells!


  • ¾ pound mild Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup salsa (the less chunky, the better)
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles, drained
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • Sour cream
  • Diced red bell pepper
  • Sliced olives
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cilantro


  1. Cook sausage in large skillet, breaking it into small pieces. When the sausage is no longer pink, add garlic and sauté a couple more minutes. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add salsa, cheeses, and chiles and cook for about 5 minutes, till mixture thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.
  3. Cool completely.
  4. Preheat oven to 375º.
  5. Brush the mini muffin tin with olive oil. Carefully press a wonton wrapper into each muffin cup.
  6. Fill each cup with a rounded tablespoon of the sausage mixture.
  7. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, till the edges of the wontons start to brown.
  8. Remove tarts from the muffin tin onto a baking sheet.
  9. Bake for about 8 more minutes. Cool for a few minutes, garnish as desired, and serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tarts

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g


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Mini Mexican Tarts | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese!