Tortilla Taco Cups (Flour Power Charlotte Quail Corners, Ginger Cason)
By: Ginger Cason, Franchise Owner, Flour Power Charlotte Quail Corners
Besides owning Flour Power Charlotte Quail Corners, I am also mother to 3 girls—ages 13, 11, and 8. And while I get excited about watching our lil’ chefs at Flour Power cook in the Quail Corners studio kitchens, I cringe when my own girls ask to cook in our kitchen at home! I’m embarrassed to admit it—but it is true!
I love to cook, mainly because I grew up being given a lot of free reign and patience in my grandmother’s kitchen, and my own kitchen at home. Some of my best childhood memories are watching my parents and grandparents cook and being allowed to experiment and cook alongside them. Logically, I know that this time in the kitchen is important for my girls—not only for memories, but also for valuable experience. We live hours away from grandparents, so my own children don’t get the same grace and experience that comes from impromptu visits to their kitchens. So, why do I cringe when my girls want to do what I encourage other children to do almost every day? The thought of the mess that I know that they’ll make, and the amount of time that I’ll need to standby to be sure no one gets hurt or nothing catches fire really stresses me out.
Recently, my girls asked to do a “Chopped” challenge—“like you do at Flour Power, Mommy”. I so wanted to say no. . . but I decided to tap into the Flour Power Studio Owner spirit, exercise some patience with my own children--and I said ok. I was amazed at how well the 3 girls worked together to look through the pantry and refrigerator and come up with ideas for recipes that they could make for dinner for our family. They did research with cookbooks, they collaborated, they argued (ha-always with 3 girls!), they asked me a million questions, and they made a HUGE mess that made me want to cry. BUT—they came up with 3 recipes that were actually very tasty and they were so proud of what they had done that the mess didn’t even matter. (But, we did make them help clean up. Rule #1: If you learn to cook—you have to learn to clean.)
Prior to buying Flour Power Charlotte Quail Corners, I worked as a physical therapist for the last 22 years. Therapists are trained to create an environment for people to fail at a given task in safety, so that they can learn and grow from the experience—and get stronger. One of the things that I love about Flour Power is that we encourage hands-on learning of life skills in a fun environment. Sometimes our kid chefs are going to do well, and other times they are just going to make a mess. But, in every experience they are learning (and so much more than how to cook). Kid chefs need to be given the patience and free reign regularly to fail in safety in order to gain skills that will last a lifetime—and get stronger. Our mission is to offer that experience at Flour Power Quail Corners. And our hope is that as parents, we all learn to give our kids that experience at home.
Recipes my girls created: Loaded Red Potato Casserole, Mini Sloppy Joe Sliders with Cheese, and Tortilla Taco Cups. I’m sharing the Tortilla Taco Cup recipe that they created below.
Tortilla Taco Cups
12 10” flour tortillas
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup sour cream
2 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons taco sauce
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 4” circles out of tortillas (should be able to get 2 out of each tortilla). Spray cupcake tins with non-stick pan spray. Place a tortilla circle in each cupcake tin, using a small cup to press the tortilla into the cupcake tin. Set aside.
Brown ground beef, and add taco seasoning packet and diced tomatoes. Let simmer on med for about 5 minutes. Place 1-2 tablespoons of taco meat in each cupcake tin. Top with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until tortillas are crispy.
Meanwhile, with hand mixer—combine cream cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.
Once taco cups have baked, top with sour cream/cream cheese mixture, and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!