Saucy Beef Appetizers

This recipe for the saucy beef appetizers is so easy that you’ll have your hungry hordes munching away in no time. Saucy beef is nestled in phyllo cups and topped with mini mozzarella cheese pearls, making these the perfect game day appetizer.

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Whenever I’m trying to get ready for a game day gathering, I know that I want quick and easy appetizers. But I don’t want to serve just boring chips and dip, or chips and salsa! No, I want the appetizers to stand out as so delicious that others will clamor for my recipe.

I’m funny like that.  You might say, competitive!  I want to serve The Best Appetizers.

That’s where RAGÚ® comes in. I decided to make two different game day recipes, utilizing the brand’s delicious sauces. This recipe features the RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional spaghetti sauce. It’s my go-to sauce when I need fast, easy AND delicious.  I trust the RAGÚ brand to always be vibrant in flavor, scrumptious and steeped in tradition.

So, without further ado, let me show you how easy it is to use RAGÚ in your next appetizer-frenzied game day extravaganza. To find more recipes using this lovely sauce, go to their website..

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How to make this appetizer


I wanted to showcase two of RAGÚ sauces.  Like I said, I’m using the red sauce in this recipe.

I will feature the cheddar sauce in a special post all its own here.

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Step one

Get a sauté pan, jelly roll pan and gather the ingredients – sauce, ground beef and pearl mozzarella.

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Step two

Heat a sauté pan or cast iron pan on medium and add olive oil.

Once that heats up, add the beef and use a spatula to break it up.

Step three

Add cumin, oregano and salt. Mix and sauté for 5 minutes.

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Step four

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and pour around half the jar of RAGÚ sauce on the beef.

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Step five

Take the phyllo cups out of the freezer and place them on a small jelly roll pan. With a teaspoon, spoon some of the saucy beef in each cup. You can definitely heap it.

I use a 1/2 pound of beef, so you are bound to have extra.

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Step six

Add a mini pearl mozzarella ball and place one on each phyllo cup.

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Step seven

Bake for 7 – 8 minutes.

I plate them and can’t help myself, so I pick one up.

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And take a bite.

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You will love the combination of sauce, beef, mozzarella, and phyllo dough that make these cups such a treat to eat! They are sure to be a big hit at your next game day party.

I hope you enjoyed this saucy beef appetizers recipe!

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Saucy Beef Appetizers

What makes these saucy beef appetizer cups so easy is the smooth, flavorful RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional® spaghetti sauce!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef appetizers, saucy beef appetizer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 15 pieces
Calories: 54kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 jar RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional® sauce
  • mini pearl mozzarella balls
  • 15 frozen phyllo cups


Make It!

  • Heat sauté pan on medium heat
  • Add olive oil
  • Add beef, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and chop up beef into little pieces
  • Add RAGÚ sauce and mix until combined
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Spoon small amount of saucy beef in phyllo cups – you can heap it as it won’t spill out
  • Add a mini pearl to each saucy beef cup, I press mine down a little
  • Bake for 7 minutes
  • Plate
  • Eat
  • Enjoy
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If you are having a bunch of people over to watch the game, double this recipe!


Serving: 3pieces | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 44mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. These saucy appetizer cups look so cute and absolutely delicious!!! I love making 1 bite snack for gamedays as they are so easy to move around with. Also loving the combination of Ragu with Double Cheddar sauce 🙂

  2. Using the jarred sauces make these so fast to prepare. It’s a good thing! I’m sure these just fly off the tray at any get together.

  3. I would easily make a meal out of these cute and delicious little tasty gems. Perfect for parties….and just because.

  4. These look like such perfect party food bites! I grew up eating RAGÚ but in a much less elegant way than this. What a fun recipe!

  5. They look so pretty as well as delicious. I don’t eat meat, but I can still recognize a flavorful tasty appetizer when I see one. These are perfect little bites!

  6. You’ve got some great time savers for your Mini Saucy Beef Appetizer Cups! I’ve often used phyllo, but have never used the cups. They come like that? They look so pretty, and I’m sure they’d be a hit at any game day party!

    1. Tamara! Yes the phyllo cups come like that. So easy to use. You can even fill them with a dessert type thing and eat them within seconds of filling them.

  7. Those are so cute!

    And I love keeping the phyllo cups frozen until the last minute so they don’t go soggy…

  8. Those beefy saucy cups look amazing! I love those easy go-to appetizers too! If you have leftovers just toss it on some pasta or rice the next day!

  9. I am sure that Assunta and Giovanni loved the abbondanza, those appetizers look delicious and beside game day I am making them when my sons have friends over. The Ragu sauce looks amazing

  10. I’m always looking for new appetizers that will impress a crowd but don’t have me working in the kitchen the whole time. These are absolutely perfect!!

  11. How cute!! I bet they don’t last once you put them out!! What a great appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday or for any gathering for that matter. I always like the idea of a little help like a prepared sauce.

    1. Thanks Marisa! You are right. It’s perfect for any gathering. They are so good, hubby fights me for them. PS. I let him win because he lets me win on other things!

  12. These are so cute and easy to make! I’m going to add these to my (way too long already, but who cares because YUM) list of Super Bowl party apps!

  13. These look so amazing!! I love that you went the non-traditional route with these!!! I love a new appetizer at parties/super bowl games!!

  14. Is it wrong that I feel like when I make these I might eat them all myself! These look so good I can’t wait to make them.

  15. So, it turns out I could probably eat Phyllo cups all day. But the spicy beef and the red gravy are SPECTACULAR together. Want. Apps. For. Dinner.