Black Bean Salsa Cups Appetizer

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These Black Bean Salsa Cups are a tasty party appetizer and are so easy to make! The salsa is made with avocado, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and of course, black beans that is then piled into cups made from baked wonton wrappers – delicious!

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Black Bean Salsa Cups

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

I adore bite-size appetizers. They work for any occasion, are easy to make, and guests are able to enjoy a variety of different foods at a party.

These Black Bean Salsa Cups are so easy to make and can be made in advance too so there is no rushing around to get them ready to serve.

What is great about this appetizer is that there is no need to buy extra cups to serve it in! The salsa is served up in it’s own cup made with baked wonton wrappers!

If you’re throwing a summer soiree or Tex-Mex themed event, these salsa cups will go down a real treat!

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Ingredients Used In This Recipe

You may already have some of the standard ingredients used in this recipe such as onions and tomatoes, but for your convenience, I’ve linked any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe to Amazon below.

  • Wonton WrappersOften found in the freezer section. You may be able to find these in your regular supermarket. However, if you live near a Chinatown or have an Asian supermarket in your area, you can buy some of the more specialised ingredients there. May also be called spring roll wrappers.
  • Canned Black Beansthese are one of my favorite beans! Using canned beans makes life a whole lot easier!
  • Sliced Black Olives – a slice of olive is served on top of the cups as a garnish, and so are completely optional. If you can’t source sliced olives, buy pitted olives that you slice at home.
  • Garlic Powder
  • You will also need a small avocado, a lime, and cilantro (which in the UK is called coriander).
Black Bean Salsa ingredients - black beans, avocado, red onion, tomato, cilantro and black olives.

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Black Bean Salsa Cup Recipe Tips

  • The wonton wrappers are formed into a cup shape inside a muffin tin.
  • Use some softened or melted butter to brush the muffin cavities first – this will help removing them so much easier. You could also use a non-stick cooking spray if you prefer.
  • Bake until golden brown and allow the cups to cool slightly before removing from the pan and leaving to cool completely before filling.
  • You can make the wonton cups in advance and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. (But not in the refrigerator.)
  • Chop the ingredients for the salsa finely and uniformly as you can, this will provide a more even filling for the cups.
  • The salsa can be made in advance too. However, be mindful that avocado can go brown over time. There are ways around this:
  • Don’t add the avocado until ready to serve.
  • Add lime juice to the salsa to prevent the avocado from browning.
  • Store the salsa for 2-3 days in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • The cups are garnished a slice black olive. This is an optional garnish – you could also use a sprig of cilantro.
  • The recipe is easy to scale up to make more for a larger party crowd.
  • Make different kinds of appetizers using the wonton cups by using a variety of different salsas.

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Black Bean Salsa Cups Party Appetizer

How Do I Make Black Bean Salsa Cups

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Black Bean Salsa Cups Appetizer

Black Bean Salsa Cups

Yield: 12

These delicious Black Bean Salsa Cups are quick and easy to make and perfect for summer entertaining!


  • Softened butter, to brush muffin tin
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small avocado, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 12 black olive slices


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Lightly butter each slot in a mini muffin pan using a pastry brush. (You can also use non-stick cooking spray.)
  3. Gently place a wonton wrapper in each slot. Pressing it down into slot starting on one side then the other, rather than straight down, makes it a bit easier. There will be folds and overlapping.

    Unbaked wonton wrappers
  4. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden brown. Let them sit in the tin for a minute or so then remove onto a plate and cool.

  5. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Place the tomato, red onion, and cilantro into a bowl.

    chopped tomato, red onion, and cilantro in bowl
  6. Add the drained and rinsed black beans to the bowl.

    Black beans added to bowl
  7. Add the chopped avocado to the bowl along with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Pour in the lime juice.

  8. Stir everything to combine.

    Stirred ingredients
  9. Spoon into the cooled, baked wonton wrappers just before serving and top each with a black olive slice.

    salsa added to wonton cup
  10. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

    A plate of finished black bean salsa cups


You can make the salsa and the wonton cups in advance and assemble just before serving. Store the salsa, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You may want to add more lime juice to prevent the avocado from browning - or add the avocado just before serving. Store the baked wonton cups in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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