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Mini Taco Meatballs With toothpicks

Mini Taco Meatballs {appetizer}

These quick, easy appetizer-size meatballs are done in less than 30 minutes and are full of taco flavor. Perfect for gatherings or incorporating into other dishes, they have no fillers and are naturally gluten-free.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 25 mini meatballs 1-inch in diameter
Calories 35kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1/2 cup Yellow Onion , finely diced
  • 1/3 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese , finely grated
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Kosher Salt*
  • 3 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Cilantro , diced
  • 1 large Egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 pound lean Ground Beef


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet (with sides to avoid meatballs escaping) with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the onion, cheese, salt, taco seasoning and fresh cilantro. Using a fork, stir mixture together to fully combine.
  • Add the lightly beaten egg, and again using a fork, stir to combine into the seasoning mixture.
  • Add the ground beef, and using your hands, mix all the ingredients together fully.
  • To form meatballs, gather approximately one heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture in your hands. Gently roll the meat into a ball which should be 1 inch across. Place on the prepared baking sheet/pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes (or until cooked all the way through). Remove pan from oven, allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Insert toothpicks or mini forks for ease of eating. Note: there will be some melted cheese around the bottom of the meatballs.


*if the Taco Seasoning being used has added salt, I recommend using 1/2 teaspoon of salt only. If using no-salt taco seasoning, 1 teaspoon of salt should be used.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg