5 Ways to Make Deliciously Cheesy Nacho Cups
Now that you’ve got your movie knowledge down and are ready for random games of trivia, it’s time to start thinking about delicious bites for Oscar day. Small, tasty and perfect for a wide variety of appetites, these bite-sized nacho cups are also super easy to make. What’s even better? They’re all loaded with cheese. How can you say no?
While we made 5 flavors– Black Bean and Avocado, Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese, Caprese, Greek, and Cheesy Salsa, the best part about this is that you can pick and choose what you want to make. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, make ’em all!
For all the recipes (which makes 6 servings), you’ll follow the same method to make the tortilla cups.
First, using a large round cookie cutter, cut out 6 circles from your tortillas. Then, lightly brush one side of the tortilla with olive oil. Use a muffin tin and line each tin with the tortillas, oiled side facing up. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then, you have adorable nacho cups!
1. Black Bean and Avocado: We’ll start with a classic, inspired by the traditional nacho combo. Hard to beat beans and cheese.
– 6 blue corn tortillas
– ¼ avocado, chopped
– ½ cup black beans
– ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar
In a bowl, mix together the cheese and black beans. Put the black bean and cheese mixture into the tortilla cups and bake in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Top with fresh avocado cubes.
2. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese: Tapping into fall and winter flavors with this one – nothing goes better with butternut squash than a bit of sage and goat cheese. Add a little sugar for some extra sweetness if you like.
– 6 wheat tortillas
– 2 cups cut butternut squash
– 1 oz goat cheese
– 1 tb chopped fresh sage
– 1 tb olive oil
– salt to taste
Toss the butternut squash with chopped sage and olive oil. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until the butternut squash is browned. Remove the squash from the oven and, if the butternut squash needs salt, add salt. Put the butternut squash in the tortilla cups and pop back in the oven at 375 degrees F for 5 minutes. Finally, garnish the cups with goat cheese.
The goat cheese pairs beautifully with the butternut squash.
3. Caprese Cups: A caprese salad in nacho form? Why yes! (See also: Caprese Corn Muffin Sandwiches)
– 6 spinach tortillas (if you use the large wrap sizes, you’ll need less)
– 1 tomato
– 3-4 basil leaves
– 2 large fresh mozzarella balls
Chop up your tomato into small cubes and rip the basil into small shreds. Tear apart the mozzarella into small pieces. Then, assemble the caprese bites into the baked spinach cups by first adding tomato, basil, then top with mozzarella.
These are just as tasty as regular nachos, without the food coma afterwards!
4. Greek Salad Bites: Go greek or go home!? Take the flavors of a classic greek salad and make them bite-sized with this fun little cup.
– 6 white flour tortillas
– ¼ cup chopped red onion
– ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
– ¼ cup chopped fresh marinated olives
Chop up your red onion and marinated olives into small pieces. In the tortilla cup, add the olives, red onions, and then top with feta cheese.
Simple yet so delicious.
5. Melted Havarti + Salsa: Do you love melted cheese? Like, really love it? Then you need to get into havarti, one of the best cheese around for getting its melt on.
– 6 yellow corn tortillas
– 1 stalk green onion, chopped
– 2 oz shredded havarti cheese
– ½ cup fresh salsa (we used fire roasted tomato)
In each tortilla cups, line the bottom with all the cheese except save a little bit to garnish with. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. During this time, chop your green onion if you haven’t already. After it’s done baking, add salsa, green onions, and a little bit more havarti cheese to top off each cup.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com