Creamy Refried Bean Cheese Cups are an easy appetizer perfect for parties, game days, or the holidays. You’ll love their bite-sized delicious pop of flavor.
This post is sponsored by Conagra, but opinions expressed are my own.
Creamy Refried Bean Cheese Cups
We’re all about finger foods around my house! It certainly doesn’t take much of an excuse if any to serve bite-sized nibbles! Take a good game on TV, well you know there’s gonna be some tasty appetizers coming up.
With March rolling in you know there are all sorts of reasons to be glued to the TV rooting on your favorite teams and hoping your bracket advances. This is not something to take lightly, am I right?
Our town sits midway between two large universities in Michigan. You could say we’re a town divided because of this.
This especially is evident when you watch a playoff game….there’s a whole lot of competition going on. So you may as well have something delicious to eat, no one can resist great food even if their team is down.
One-stop into Walmart and I was all set in the food department. My first stop was the Mexican food aisle to pick up my favorite refried beans, Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans. The next stop was the canned tomato section where I found RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies. Both of these ingredients are perfect in my Creamy Refried Bean Cheese Cups.
Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans are almost always in my pantry, as an authentic and delicious Mexican-inspired side dish or key recipe component. With only 120 calories and zero grams trans-fat per serving, I use Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans in a variety of dishes.
And you know I have a strong affection for RO*TEL, two of my very favorite recipes on Who Needs A Cape? feature RO*TEL. Consisting of vine-ripened tomatoes, zesty green chilies, and a mix of spices are what give RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies its BOLD, adventurous taste. Go ahead and add it into soups, chili, queso, or any other recipe, and banish the bland.
If you want a dip to pop these bad boys into, give our Copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño a try! Super easy to make, just get your blender out, you’ll be amazed at the flavors, it’s party perfect!
Let’s circle back for a second, I know you read cheese cups in the recipe title and are thinking…what? Never fear, I wouldn’t steer you wrong, once you’ve tried cheese cups, you’ll love them.
The cheese cup cradles a creamy refried bean mixture just perfectly. You can top them off with whatever toppings you desire, I chose to use green onion, black olives, and chopped avocado.
Cheese cups are really easy to prepare, you just need cheese, a baking tray, a mini muffin pan and that’s it. And aren’t they cute? Definitely a nice variation for parties.
Other amazing appetizers for entertaining:
How about a great cocktail alongside? Try these:
So tell me, what do you like to eat during the big game?
Creamy Refried Bean Cheese Cups
Creamy Refried Bean Cheese Cups are an easy appetizer perfect for parties, game day or the holidays. You'll love their bite-sized delicious pop of flavor.
- 24 Colby Cheese circles "2 diameter
- 16 oz can Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans
- 1/4 cup RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- TOPPINGS: black olives, green onions, avocado
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a baking tray, line with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
- From cheese slices, cut out circles of cheese and lay on baking tray. Leave 2-3" in between, cheese will spread when melted.
- Bake approximately 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool 1 minute.
- Carefully pick up cool cheese circle and press into cavity of mini muffin pan. You may need to make some folds when pressing.
- Allow cheese to set at least 10-15 minutes.
- In mixing bowl combine refried beans, cream cheese and RO*TEL, stir to combine.
- Using a small scoop, fill cheese cups with bean mixture.
- Top with additional items. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
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this is a FABULOUS idea esp bc my husband and i are not doing any carbs so wed love to enjoy these w/ this cute littel cheese cup! YAY!
What an awesome appetizer for any gathering! I feel like it would be such a crowd pleaser for real!
Refried beans are so simple and easy to make. Never done them in a cheese cup before going have to try this out.
Those little cheese cups are so cute! This would be a great appetizer for a party. My husband likes refried beans.
That actually looks really good. I have never thought about making them this way but oh my gosh does that sound really good right now.
I can’t wait to try these. I just love refried beans. And cheese. So this is the best combo for me.
I bet those cheese cups are so tasty. They look good and I like that you can change up the cheese you use.
These little bites are ideal for a party. I bet they go down really well when you have guests over. I must try making them!!!
OK now this looks absolutely delicious what a great the cheese cups look so delicate as well.
Oh wow, these look so good. I have had a lot of bean dip themed snacks over the years but not like this.
These beautiful lacy cheese cups won’t last long in my house! They’ll be gobbled down in no time flat! Thanks so much for sharing this super fun recipe.
What a fun idea! I would eat this for a meal or have it as an appetizer!
Finger foods make eating and snacking even more fun! These little Creamy Refried Bean Cheese Cups would be a big hit at parties for sure!
This would be so much fun to make for my next girls night in. Love the flavor combo.
I’m actually having my friends over for a dinner next week and these would be the perfect appetizer! We’re making it a bit fancier than usual because we’re celebrating one of our friends’ birthday! (Otherwise, I don’t really serve appetizers.)
I love how creative this is. I need to try this delicious recipe!
Ummm….hello yummy and easy meal!! I need to make these for work!!