Fiesta Bites

Stephanie Heitmeier


This is a real crowd pleasing appetizer! Great served hot right out of the oven or even room temperature but they wont last that long!

★★★★★ 3 votes
20 Min
20 Min

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a great little appetizer with a Southwestern flair. The crisp fillo cups are the perfect vessel for the creamy filling. With a little bit of spice from the Rotel and chilies, and a touch of smoke from the bacon, these are perfect to munch on during a football game or if you're having friends over for game night.

Note: We definitely had filling leftover. You probably have enough filling to fill 4 boxes of fillo cups.


1 can(s)
mild Rotel (drained of juices)
1 can(s)
Ortega chopped green chilis (small can)
1 c
1/2 c
whipped cream cheese
2.8 oz
bacon bits
1/4 c
grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz
shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 tsp
dry ranch dressing mix
1 tsp
dry chili powder
2 Tbsp
minced fresh cilantro
3 box
Athens mini fillo shells

How to Make Fiesta Bites


  • 1You'll need a mixing bowl. Drain your can of Rotel really well.
  • 2Then mix all ingredients (except shells) together in your bowl. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 3Place each tart on a cookie should have 45 tarts shells. Fill each tart to the top with cheese mixture. Its about 3/4 tsp of filling.
  • 4Bake for 20 minutes till nice and bubbly.
  • 5You may have some cheese mixture left over....makes great grilled cheese! I probably could have filled another 15 shells but I didn't want to make that much.
  • 6If you like things spicy then use a can of hot Rotel and add a dash of hot sauce yum!
    **** I can find the shells at Walmart and my local grocery store in the freezer section next to the pie dough and Cool Whip :)

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About Fiesta Bites

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids