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Southwestern Appetizer Triangles

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 40 min.


about 7-1/2 dozen

A clever cross between wontons and tacos, these triangles are fun to serve, especially at the holidays. My mom created the recipe years ago, much to the delight of my family. Since I began making them, my husband insists we have them on Sundays during football season, as well as for special occasions. —Sheila Pope, Preston, Idaho
Southwestern Appetizer Triangles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced jalapeno peppers, drained
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) wonton wrappers
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Additional salsa


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef, onion, salt and pepper until meat is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; crumble beef; drain. Add the beans, cheese, salsa and jalapenos. Cook and stir over low heat until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat; cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Place a teaspoonful of beef mixture in the center of 1 wonton wrapper. Moisten edges with water. (Keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use.) Fold wonton in half, forming a triangle; press edges to seal. Repeat.
  3. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry wontons, a few at a time, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with additional salsa.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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