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Mexican Mini Tarts

Mini Mexican Tarts

These Mini Mexican Tarts are filled with sausage, salsa and cheese filled and will disappear by halftime! My personal football fanatic taste testers gave these Mini Mexican Tarts their seal of approval! Many thanks to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring today’s post. 

Mini Mexican Tarts | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese create delicious, spicy sausage appetizers

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 | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese create delicious, spicy sausage appetizers


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, they were ready for prime time.  My football fans shoveled them into their mouths at a record pace.

Mini Mexican Tarts | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese create delicious, spicy sausage appetizers

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. And be certain to stock your bar with a few bottles of Gallo Family Vineyards’ wines for the Big Game.

I always have a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilled and ready to go.  Crisp and refreshing, the flavors of green apple, white peach and citrus make it delightfully sippable.

For a red option, you cannot go wrong with their Cabernet Sauvignon with its nuances of black currant and blackberry. It pairs deliciously with dark chocolate—which you regular readers know is always plentiful at our house. Make sure to scroll down for helpful hints and pairings for your next football party from the kind folks at Gallo.

Mini Mexican Tarts | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese create delicious, spicy sausage appetizers


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

Mini Mexican Tarts

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


  • 3/4 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup salsa (the less chunky, the better)
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 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 sausage is no longer pink, add garlic and sauté a couple more minutes. Drain excess fat. Add salsa, cheeses, and chiles and cook for about 5 minutes, till mixture thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 375º. Brush mini muffin tin with olive oil. Carefully press a wonton wrapper into each muffin cup. Fill each cup with a rounded tablespoon of the sausage mixture. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes, till edges of wontons start to brown.
  3. Remove tarts from muffin tin onto a baking sheet. Bake about 8 more minutes. Cool a few minutes, garnish as desired and serve warm.



  • Calories: 172kcal
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 375mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
Mini Mexican Tarts | Crispy Shells filled with spiced sausage and cheese!

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40 comments on “Mini Mexican Tarts”

  1. They wouldn’t last long here either Liz! Sounds like a great appy:@)

  2. These tarts look delicious, Liz! Love the Mexican flavours. So yummy.

  3. Oh those crispy shells and that awesome filling – I’d be parked next to that tray.

  4. These would be a hit in our house. They look scrumptious, Liz.

  5. Ok, I’m putting this on my list for my next party contribution! They look and sound delicious. Great tip about taking the tarts out to bake a little longer to crisp those bottoms up!

  6. Those look amazing! I could probably eat a dozen of those little crispy bites!

  7. I really want to crunch into one of those bites right now!

  8. I love using won ton wrappers as cups. Great idea to make these with a Mexican flare.

  9. Yummy Liz! This is the perfect appetizer for the big game or any day of the week! I love it!

  10. Liz these look awesome. I’ve been scouring the web for some new appetizer ideas. And I really love your Southwest flavors here. Adding these to my list of must makes! : )

  11. I am all about mini bite-sized Mexican..anything! These look so good, Liz!

  12. These would disappear really fast at my house! Yum!

  13. Those crispy shells are calling my name. These mini tarts are perfect for big game day! And I’m sure one is not enough.

  14. I love them° Look beautiful and cute!!

  15. Oh Liz, I am in love with these little guys! They are definitely going on my game day menu!

  16. Using won ton wrappers is such a great idea for little bite-size appetizers like these. Great game day food!

  17. I could eat way too many of these! They look easy and delicious. 🙂

  18. How fun are these!? Perfect game day appetizers.

  19. These look awesome! I love that they are a hand held appetizer.

  20. Go Colts!…Maybe they still have a chance if the NE Patriots are withdrawn…Speaking of chances, I can see that the chances of any of your mini tarts with a Mexican accent surviving would be slim to nothing!

  21. Liz these are the perfect pick foods for anytime. Adding it our Sunday night pick food list for the Walking Dead we are big fans and always making appetizers, these will be a big hit! The whole family will thank you for this one!

  22. Liz! I love these mini mexican tart appetizers!!! I could eat like 15 of these!!! yumm!!! and the wonton wrappers look so elegant! love!!

  23. I will that that whole platter thank you very much. So cute and tasty too!

  24. What a yummy filling for these tasty little tarts!

  25. These look delicious Lizzy. I bet they disappear in a minute!! xo Catherine

  26. It looks amazing Liz ! And who wins at the end? 😉 I think it doesn’t matter because you have fun and a nice meal ! what else?

  27. Oh my goodness, these could not be cuter! The perfect bite, I’d say!

  28. Liz, these apps are so my thing. Football or not, I’m game for snacking on them anytime. Terrific roundup of party fare!

  29. Oh I just love these mini Mexican tarts, they look so great…and it’s Monday and I sure could go for a glass of wine too!

  30. Lizzy,
    These would be great for game day. It looks like a pretty easy recipe.

  31. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE wonton cups? They’re so easy, but everybody is always impresed by them. These look extra scrumptious!

  32. This would not last long at our house!! perfect appetizer in my book~

  33. These look like the perfect little apps. I love that you used wonton cups, they’re so adorable and they sound delicious!

  34. I love little bites like this, and the flavors are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

  35. These are so fun! I love mini apps at any party.

  36. I am all about the little bite with the perfect glass of wine…sounds like a great pairing.

  37. Oh, I love what you did with the wonton cups!! These would disappear in record time!

  38. These look so good I would certainly save on dishwashing – these little gems would never make it to a plate!

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