Antojitos means “little cravings”. It is typically sold as Mexican street food to be eaten at other than a main meal. If you serve Mini Antojitos as an appetizer, be prepared for them to literally fly off the plate. What’s even better – they can be made ahead of time, frozen, and reheated.
Ingredients for Mini Antojitos:
I used the following ingredients: Flour tortillas, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, black beans, salsa, green onions, and chili powder. In addition, I used the Cinco de Mayo Salsa that I made yesterday. It was perfect! However, any good salsa would work.
Making the Shells:
I found that the most time-consuming part of making this appetizer was cutting the 3½-inch rounds of the flour tortillas.
In the past, I just stuffed the tortilla rounds into the wells of my mini muffin pan. However, this time, the Master Taste Tester suggested that I cut gussets. Gussets are triangles cut on opposite sides of the rounds to facilitate the molding of the tortilla rounds. OMG, it worked like a charm.
Once I had prepared the gusseted tortilla rounds, I placed them in the wells of the mini muffin pan. I made sure to press the seams to minimize any seepage of the melting cheese. I pre-baked them at 425° F for 6 minutes to help set the tortilla cups.
Finishing the Mini Antojitos:
While the shells were in the oven, I made the filling. I combined the shredded Cheddar cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, black beans, salsa, diced green onions, and chili powder.
Then, I added the filling to each of the tortilla shells with an ice cream scoop..
I popped the Mini Antojitos into a preheated 425º F oven for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, the cheeses were melted and the shells, golden brown. I finished the Mini Antojitos off with a garnish of finely chopped green onion tops.
OMG, talk about good! The filling was a perfect combination of cheese and other ingredients, and the shells perfectly browned.
This is a perfect appetizer for Cinco de Mayo, or any other occasion calling for a simple but delectable little morsel. Yum!