Cheese-Stuffed Taco Meatballs Party Appetizer

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If you’re looking for a tasty appetizer for Christmas parties, then these Cheese-Stuffed Taco Meatballs are it! Yes, you read it correctly, cheese-stuffed meatballs – oh my, so good! And you serve them on sticks, and we all know that food on sticks is where it is at when it comes to party food!

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Cheese stuffed Taco meatballs

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Cheese-Stuffed Taco Meatballs

I feel like all I’ve done recently is share a ton of sweet treat recipes with you, and it’s high time a savory dish took center stage.

So here is a great party food recipe for mini taco meatballs that are stuffed with cheese – yum!

They are super easy to make, can be prepped in advance, and are served with a simple tomato dipping sauce.

Serve them on food picks as a party appetizer – a tray full of these meatballs looks so good and they will be snapped up so quickly!

Or you could make larger meatballs for a Tex-Mex meal – serve with tortilla chips and other fixings like guacamole and sour cream and you’ve got yourself a tasty dinner too.

Ingredients used in this recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe.

I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

These herbs and spices are what I use in my taco seasoning mix. It makes around 2 tablespoons which is exactly what you need for the taco meatballs.

Just mix the following herbs and spices together and store in an airtight container.

  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • ½ tsp garlic granules
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
How to make cheese stuffed mini taco meatballs
Cheese Stuffed Taco Meatballs

Make It A Tex-Mex Meal!

Yes, these meatballs are a party canape, but you could have it as an appetizer/starter to a meal, or even turn it into the main dish.

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Cheese Stuffed Taco Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Taco Meatballs

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These mini cheese-stuffed taco meatballs are a great party appetizer as well as a tasty Tex-Mex main dish with rice and fixings!


  • 2½ lbs / 1kg ground beef (beef mince)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsps taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 (8 oz/225g) block cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 (15 oz/425g) can tomato sauce (passata)
  • ½ cup water


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  2. Place the beef, eggs, almond flour, milk, and 1 tablespoon taco seasoning into a large bowl and mix together with your hands.
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  4. Using a large ice cream scoop, divide meat mixture into balls. Press a cheese cube into the middle of each ball and close the meat around the cheese. Repeat the process until all meatballs are prepared.
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  6. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. May be frozen in an airtight container for up to one month.
  7. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  8. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cover with a wire rack. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly place meatballs on wire rack.
  9. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked through.
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  11. To prepare the dipping sauce, combine tomato sauce, water, and 1 tablespoon taco seasoning in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  12. Serve meatballs with sauce.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 15g

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