Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins | Total Time: 40 mins | Yield: About 32 meatballs
These taco ranch meatballs are incredibly easy to make using only simple ingredients. Serve these delicious with the zesty dipping sauce for the perfect appetizer.
Taco, ranch, and meatballs? I cannot ask for anything more! The delicious meatballs are oozing with cheese thanks to a simple bagged Mexican cheese blend (cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, and Colby). Feel free to adjust the taco seasoning depending on your preference. For the cheese, I prefer a bag of Mexican blend cheese, but you can use your favourite. Do not forget the taco ranch dipping sauce because it elevates the flavour of these already amazing meatballs!
See, this easy recipe is super versatile. It is a must-try and unquestionably a keeper!
2 large eggs
1 (1oz.) package taco seasoning (reserve 1–1/2 tsp for dipping sauce)
1 tbsp ranch seasoning mix (from a packet)
2 lbs lean ground beef (I used 93%)
3/4 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 c. prepared ranch dressing
Fresh chopped cilantro, for topping/garnish (optional)
3/4 c. plain bread crumbs
How to make Taco Ranch Meatballs
Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 400 degrees F. Using parchment paper, line 2 rimmed baking sheets.
Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk the ranch dressing with 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning until well mixed. Cover the dipping sauce and keep it in the fridge.
Step 3: In a large bowl, place the ground beef, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, ranch seasoning, and the rest of the taco seasoning from the packet. Mix well until combined. Shape the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch ball (around 2 tbsp of mixture per ball) and put them on the prepared baking sheets.
Step 4: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked and browned.
Step 5: Remove from the oven when done and sprinkle with some chopped cilantro. Serve right away with the dipping sauce. Enjoy!