These mini grilled cheese sandwiches are the taco twist you never knew you needed. Perfect for parties and game day!
I know I’m really stretching the definition of ‘grilled cheese’ here, even by my standards 🤣. Either way these beauties are delicious!! They’re also great fun to make and even more fun to eat. Follow me…
Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
I know what you’re thinking, ‘why would you want a MINI grilled cheese?!’ and I understand your concern. But sometimes, and only sometimes, bigger is not always better. Hear me out.
Imagine these at a gathering you’re hosting, maybe even a potluck you’re attending. They’re also pretty much made for game day and parties! Mini grilled cheese sandwiches in general are pretty good for dunking into soup too, although that’s not the direction we’re going today.
First thing you’ll want to do is grab yourself a nice big French Baguette and slice it into 1/2″ rounds.
Taco Grilled Cheese
Sure, you could just make a regular grilled cheese with the baguette, but if you’ve been around here long enough you’ll I like to take things too far. So we’re going to put a taco spin on them. Again, using ‘taco’ fairly loosely before someone gets angry 😂. For the taco meat here’s what you’ll need:
- Ground Beef – I usually go for 10-12% lean. You want a little fat for some flavour, but not too much or it’ll turn the sandwiches greasy.
- Taco Seasoning – Store bought or homemade (more on this in the recipe card).
- Tomato Paste – Gives a deeper flavour to the meat. Important to fry it off to caramelize and sweeten the paste.
- Water or Beef Stock – Keeps the meat from drying out and turns it nice and juicy.
Can I make the taco meat ahead of time?
Sure! Just allow to completely cool and tightly cover in the fridge for a couple of days. Be sure to bring it to room temp before placing in the sandwich though otherwise it won’t cook through evenly.
Process shots: add beef to oil and fry (photo 1), stir in taco seasoning (photo 2), stir in tomato paste (photo 3), pour in liquid and reduce (photo 4).
Mini Taco Grilled Cheese
When it comes to making the mini sandwiches, all you need beside the baguette slices and meat is butter and cheese.
What Cheese to use?
I usually go for Cheddar, but Monterey Jack and Mexican Cheese Blend also work well.
How many sandwiches does this recipe make?
It depends on the size of your baguette, but you should get around 15 mini sandwiches with some meat leftover. You’ll need to fry in batches.
Process shots: butter baguette then flip (photo 1), add beef (photo 2), add cheese (photo 3), add baguette and butter (photo 4), repeat (photo 5), fry both sides until golden brown (photo 6).
Serving Taco Grilled Cheese
Once you’ve fried them it’s time to throw on your taco toppings! In reality you can use any toppings you fancy, the only one I strongly recommend is sour cream. This not only helps glue together all the toppings, but it also helps tame the spice and keeps the sandwiches from tasting too dry. Beside that here’s what I use:
- Red Onion
Can I make these ahead of time?
You can make them without the toppings then store in the fridge/freezer and reheat in the oven. The texture will be slightly more dry/crunchier so do make them fresh if you can (more on this in the recipe card).
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these mini taco grilled cheese sandwiches shall we!?
How to make a Mini Grilled Cheese (Full Recipe & Video)
Mini Taco Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Large Pan & Wooden Spoon
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Plastic Spatula/Turner
- Cheese Grater
- Paper Towels
- 1x 14oz/400g French Baguette, sliced into 1/2" pieces (should get around 30 in total to make 15 sandwiches)
- 1lb / 500g Ground Beef, 10-12% works great
- 3 tbsp Taco Seasoning, or 1 packet of seasoning (see notes)
- 1 1/2 cups / 150g grated Cheddar, or as needed (Mexican Cheese Blend and Monterey Jack also work great)
- 1/2 cup / 120ml Water or Low-Sodium Beef Stock
- 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Paste (Tomato Puree in the UK)
- Butter, as needed
- Olive Oil, as needed
- Taco Toppings of Choice! (see notes)
- In a large pan over medium heat add a drizzle of olive oil and add in your beef. Break up with a wooden spoon and fry until it browns. Sprinkle in taco seasoning and fry for a couple of minutes, then add tomato paste and stir to incorporate.
- Pour in water or stock and allow to gently simmer for 5mins or until the liquid is soaked up. You want the beef nice and juicy, but not too saucy. Remove beef from pan, turn off heat and wipe with paper towels.
- Keep the heat off and add in as many slices of baguette as you can comfortably fit. Spread with butter then flip over so they're butter-side-down. Top with 1 tbsp beef and a pinch of cheese. Add a second slice of baguette and push down to secure the filling. Spread with butter.
- Turn on heat to a medium and fry both sides until golden brown. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining sandwiches. Top the sandwiches with your favourite taco toppings and enjoy!
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1/2-1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or to spice preference)
- 1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Cornstarch/Cornflour
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
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