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A platter of taco balls with all the fixings. There are three taco meatballs covered in cheese. They are plated with lettuce, rice, sour cream, guacamole, and tomatoes.
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Taco Balls: An Easy Dinner Where Tacos and Meatloaf Meet

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


To Make The Taco Balls

  • 1 lbs hamburger no more than 10% fat
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 package of taco seasoning or what you usually use for 1 lbs of beef
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt or onion salt
  • 1 cup of cooked Mexican or white rice
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 12 oz bottle of red or green taco sauce any brand, whatever level of heat you like
  • 1 can of condensed cheese soup I use Campbell's
  • 8 - 12 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend or whatever cheese you love for tacos

Serve With Your Favorite Taco Toppings

  • additional Mexican Rice
  • tortillas we love to stuff warm tortillas with taco balls
  • chips
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • olives
  • lettuce


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a 9x9 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • Crumble the beef into a bowl. Add the chopped onions, taco seasoning, garlic or onion salt, rice and eggs.
  • If desired use food service gloves or spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray. Use your hands to mix the contents of the bowl until combined but do not over mix.
  • Divide the meat into 9 portions and form into balls. Place in the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the taco sauce and cheese soup. After the balls have baked for 20 minutes spoon the sauce over the balls. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake another 20 minutes.


This recipe freezes really well! Prepare it and bake according to directions. Cool down and freeze. We were gifted a batch after Jack was born and they came frozen. We just thawed and reheated in the oven and they were wonderful!