These homemade Tex-Mex Mexican meatballs are deliciously flavored and perfect for a main dish or a tasty appetizer. The best part about these meatballs is they are stuffed with cheddar cheese for a melty filling.
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Change up Taco Tuesday with taco meatballs, they won't disappoint because honestly anything stuffed with cheese is a winner.
These cheesy meatballs are...
- Super quick to make, just mix in one bowl
- A go-to favorite when life gets busy and the family wants something yummy
- Stuffed with cheese because cheese makes everything better
- Oven baked
- Freezer friendly
- Serve as a Main Dish or Appetizer
- A favorite recipe for game day, I usually triple the recipe
- Ground beef - An 80/20 or 90/10 works great as the fat helps to create juicy meatballs.
- Egg - the egg will bind all the ingredients together.
- Breadcrumbs - I used plain breadcrumbs or panko works too.
- Taco Seasoning - You can use homemade taco seasoning, or use a packet of taco seasoning.
- Cheese - You can use any type of cheese, we used Colby jack cheese.
- Cilantro - An optional garnish.
Hey, let's change things up
- You could use ground turkey if you wanted instead of beef. Or do half ground pork and half beef for a double meat mixture that will still create a flavorful and juicy meatball.
- Swap out the bread crumbs with saltine crackers. Just finely crush the crackers and then place them in the meatball mixture.
- Sprinkle with cotija cheese or another shredded cheese in the last 5 minutes of baking.
- If you have a lime, cut it open and drizzle the lime juice over the meatballs.
How to serve these stuffed meatballs
Serve with salsa for dipping, or top with this deliciously spiced pineapple habanero sauce for a kick of flavor.
Heat some enchilada sauce and place the cooked meatballs in the sauce
Serve over a bed of white rice, Mexican rice, or mashed potatoes.
You can pair these meatballs with this Corn and Bean Soup that has a spicy kick of flavor and a creamy broth. And, bake a pan of our favorite Veggie Cornbread to serve with the meatballs.
How to Make
This is a quick walkthrough on how to make this recipe. Full directions on how to make these meatballs are in the printable recipe card.
Step 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 2. Cut the cheese into small cubes.
Optionally you can use shredded cheese, or use presliced cheese and cut it into small slices.
Step 3. In a large bowl add all the ingredients and mix well until combined.
Meatball tip #1 Don't overmix the meatball mixture or it will make them heavy and dense. Mix lightly and don't press too hard when shaping into balls for moist meatballs.
Step 3. Use a tablespoon and scoop out two tablespoons and roll the mixture into a ball.
Meatball tip #2 Another way to form the meatballs is to spread the hamburger mixture out on a piece of wax paper and form it into a square about 8" x 8" then cut it into twelve squares and make balls. I just kind of eyeballed this to make 12 balls of even size. If one is small than the other, just pinch off some hamburger from the larger ball and add the smaller ball to equal them out.
Step 4. Flatten the balls out like a hamburger patty.
Step 5. Place the cheese cube in the center of the meat, and then create a round ball covering the cheese with meat. Make sure the cheese isn't exposed or it will melt out when baking.
Step 6. Place the cheese-stuffed meatballs in the baking pan.
Step 7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
One of my meatballs lost some of the cheese, so make sure to get that cheese stuffed inside.
When done top with cilantro and serve.
Refrigerate - You can refrigerate the meatballs in an air-tight container for up to three days in the fridge. Then reheat the meatballs in the microwave, in the oven, or even air fryer.
Freezing Raw Meatballs - You can prep your meatballs and freeze them raw. If you do place them in a freezer-friendly container using wax paper between layers if you stack them. Then place the uncooked meatballs on the prepared baking dish and bake the same way in the oven just add time for the meatballs to cook fully.
Freeze Cooked Meatballs - Go ahead and freeze any meatballs you don't plan to eat right away. Just place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Freeze for 4-6 months. Then you can thaw in the fridge or reheat straight from frozen. This is a great make-ahead meal to reheat and serve for an easy dinner.
It's faster and easier to bake meatballs.
When baking meatballs you don't need to cook them in oil, whereas to fry meatballs you usually need to add oil to the skillet.
Just in case you are looking for more meatball recipes, you gotta try this 4-Cheese Meatball Casserole. Who said meatballs have to go with spaghetti?
Hungry for more recipes, try these
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 package taco seasoning 1 ounce
- 4 ounces colby jack cheese or use cheese of your choice
- cilantro for garnish
- Heat the oven to 400°F, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- Cut the cheese into small cubes.
- In a large bowl mix together ground meat, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, and taco seasoning until well combined.
- Scoop out 2 tablespoons of the meatball mixture. Or, flatten the meatball mixture into a square 8" x 8" on a piece of waxed paper and cut into 12 squares.
- Flatten the hamburger slightly then place a cheese cube in the middle then bring the sides up around to close, making sure it is completely sealed and you have a round ball.
- Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. When done remove to a platter and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
- Serve these meatballs as an appetizers with salsa, or serve for dinner over rice.
- Use your favorite cheese
- You can also use cheese sticks cut into small cubes
- Presliced cheese that is cut into smaller squares
- Shredded cheese
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Oh wow, I’d never tried Mexican meatballs before - they were awesome!
These Mexican Meatballs were fantastic. I made them for taco Tuesday and my entire family loved them.
Taco seasoning in meatballs was new for me! Such a fun and tasty idea. I'm excited to make these again soon! They were a hit. Thanks so much!
So glad you liked these meatballs. The taco season is just an unexpected flavor in a meatball, but so good!
Stuffing these with cheese was amazing! I’ve never done it before and will definitely be bookmarking this recipe to make again.
We made these meatballs as an appetizer for a small gathering, and everyone loved them easy and delicious recipe!
These were delicious. Hubby is a cumin hater so I found a taco seasoning without it. Love the way you portion the meatballs out. I always end up pinching a little off the others at the end.
Cumin is like cilantro, so many love it, or so many dislike it. Glad you found a solution.
Perfect appetizer for the upcoming holiday. Thanks for the recipe!
What a great idea using Mexican flavors for these meatballs! I'm going to make these with ground turkey.
Loved this spin on meatballs with Mexican flavours! My boys demolished their plates. Will make it again soon!
I made these meatballs the other day, and my family loved them. And this recipe is excellent for make-ahead and/or meal prep.
Such a great weeknight meal. I served with a side of Spanish rice for a compete and filling dinner
Wow these were incredible! We love meatballs in our family—they are so easy to make and reheat for quick meals. These were a fun change up’
Not only did I make these meatballs for dinner, but I made these days later and froze them like you suggest so I can serve them for New Years. Plus, used pepper jack cheese.
Yum, good idea to use pepper jack cheese.