The sheet pan just got some serious competition.
Every Southern cook knows that muffin tins are great for making, well, muffins. But the rule-followers of the baking world might not realize that muffin tins are extremely versatile cooking tools despite their specific name. These muffin pan recipes will inspire you to get more use out of your muffin pan – and for dinnertime too. If you’ve been limiting your muffin tin recipes to sweet cupcakes and muffins, you haven’t been introduced to the world of savory muffin tin recipes you can cook for dinner. With these ideas, you can use your pan to make new spins on dinnertime favorites like lasagna, enchiladas, chicken pot pie, and even cheeseburgers. Sounds like omething your family will love, right? These mini dishes are kid-friendly and adult-approved. You know the wonders a sheet pan can work at supper, but if you haven’t used your muffin tin to make dinner, you’re in for a treat.
Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas
Recipe: Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas
The best kind of party is a pizza party, and every member of the family will want an invite to try this recipe.
Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Herbed Potato Stacks
Recipe: Herbed Potato Stacks
You probably have the ingredients for this beautiful side dish in your pantry, so why not make dinner look a little more fancy tonight?
Barbecue Shrimp Cups
At-Home Olive Garden Pizza Bowl
Recipe: At-Home Olive Garden Pizza Bowl
Olive Garden just released some new menu items, one of which is called a pizza bowl. This version of the dish has all the pizza goodness in a lower calorie package.
Mini Frito Pie Bowls
Recipe: Mini Frito Pie Bowls
We just found your kids’ new favorite snack (and an excuse to use that leftover chili in your freezer).
Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Recipe: Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
These colorful bites are party ready for the warm-weather seasons.
Broccoli Cheese Bites
Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Bites
Whether served as an appetizer or a savory side dish, these broccoli cheese bites are too good to make just once.
Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies
Recipe: Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies
These mini comfort dishes are easy to make and easier to freeze for later.
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Cups
Mini Crab Cakes
Spicy Sriracha Party Meatballs
Recipe: Spicy Sriracha Party Meatballs
Serve these addicting meatballs as an appetizer or on a reinvented meatball sub.
Recipe: Spaghetti Pie
These mini spaghetti pies are perfect for freezing and reheating for the kids’ weekend guests or a busy weeknight dinner.
Mini Ham and Cheese Quiches
Chili Cheese Dog Cups
Pepita Kale Salad In Parmesan Cups
These mini salads are the pretty and creative presentation your next luncheon needs.
Recipe: Lasagna Cups
These lasagna cups are bursting with all the goodness of the traditional dish, but they’re way easier to put together.
Baked Asian Chicken Meatball Lettuce Wraps
Mini BLT Quinoa Cups
Recipe: Mini BLT Quinoa Cups
For breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time, these savory bites are a healthy option that feels indulgent.
Recipe: Tamale Bites
Get your Mexi-fix with these tiny tamales that pack a punch.
Thai Oh My Chicken Wonton Cups
Recipe: Thai Oh My Chicken Wonton Cups
Make a batch on Sunday and you’ll have a healthy, better-than-takeout lunch every day of the week.
Cheesy Italian Red Pepper Frittata Muffins
This light 30-minute recipe just made meal prep a snap.
Mini Macaroni Pies
Mini Taco Cups
Recipe: Mini Taco Cups
How do you get that perfect taco cup shape? Flip the muffin tin upside down!
Homemade Tater Tots with Cheese and Bacon
Tater tots aren’t a breakfast-only food in our book, and we’d eat these all day long.