This game day appetizers recipe is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh and The Motherhood. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock the last few weeks, you are well aware of what big event is happening this weekend. Whether or not you are a football fan doesn’t really matter. Between the commercials, the parties and the food, just about everyone will probably be watching the Superbowl in a few days! In honor of this special event, I thought these chicken and ranch taco cups would be a delicious snack!
My Favorite Game Day Appetizers
When I peruse the selection of game day appetizers at a party, I always head right to the ones that can be eaten without a fork or a plate. Finger foods make the best game day appetizers!
I have no desire to sit in a chair and worry about how I am going to hold my plate and my drink at the same time and still manage to get food to my face. I like to head over to the food table and nibble! When I was asked to create a recipe using Naturally Fresh Ranch Dressing, I knew I wanted to find a recipe that was easy to make AND easy to eat!
Naturally Fresh Dressing for Your Next Game Day Appetizers
Chicken and Ranch dressing are a classic combination. Naturally Fresh Ranch Dressing contains only real, wholesome ingredients and NO artificial colors or flavors. There are also no artificial preservatives so you will find them in the refrigerator section of your local Kroger or Publix.
If you don’t live near those stores, check out the Naturally Fresh Store Locator to find your nearest retailer! Their classic ranch dressing is made with buttermilk that they make right onsite. It is incredibly thick with loads of spices that you can see and taste! I was honestly very impressed with the flavor and consistency!
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Like these chicken and ranch taco cups? Try these other game day appetizers, too:
- Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe for a Deliciously Easy Appetizer! A traditional southern recipe, this homemade pimento cheese spread uses very sharp cheddar cheese. SO GOOD!
- Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Red Potato Appetizer : Essentially, a twice baked potato is a baked potato with the inside scooped out and combined with delicious things like cheese, bacon, and sour cream.
- Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce: A slightly healthier mozzarella stick with homemade marina sauce.
Taco Seasoning and Ranch Dressing Tips
For this easy game day appetizer recipe, I chose to use a homemade taco seasoning but a store bought one will work just fine. The exact amount of Naturally Fresh dressing you add to your shredded chicken breast is flexible. It will depend on how large your chicken breast is and how ‘creamy’ you want the filling to be. Start with 1/3 cup and add more as needed. I put the fillo cup shells into a mini muffin tin to make filling them a bit easier!
How to serve your taco cups
If you prefer to make these game day appetizers a little bit bigger, just make your own shells using wonton wrappers or small squares of pie crust. These game day appetizers really are very flexible! Top with shredded cheddar and a few green onions for a delicious and easy presentation!
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these were to make. The fillo cups did not get soggy at all, even sitting on the table for a couple hours. Of course, I don’t think these game day appetizers will last that long at your next party! And if you are looking for other game day appetizers, check out my Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce !
Chicken and Ranch Taco Cups
Whether you need game day appetizers or just a Friday night snack, taco cups are easy! Loaded with shredded chicken, creamy ranch dressing, and flavorful taco seasoning, they will make your mouth happy. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and green onion to round out the flavors. Check Goodhousekeeping.com for more Superbowl snacks!
- 24 fillo cups
- 1 boneless chicken breast, cooked and finely shredded
- 1 TBSP taco seasoning
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Naturally Fresh Ranch Dressing
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 green onions, chopped
- Combine shredded chicken, taco seasoning and ranch dressing in a bowl and mix well.
- Place fillo cups in a mini muffin tin or on a cookie sheet
- fill with shredded chicken mixture
- Top with a pinch of shredded cheese
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted
- Remove from oven and remove from muffin tin with sharp knife if using
- Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.