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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 3 votes

20 Min
20 Min


  • 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


  1. You'll need a mixing bowl. Drain your can of Rotel really well.
  2. Then mix all ingredients (except shells) together in your bowl. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Place 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.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes till nice and bubbly.
  5. You 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.
  6. If 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

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