Meatball Taco Bowls


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Taco meatballs over rice with avocado, cheese, jalapeno and chips

Fresh, fast, and loaded with flavor, meatball taco bowls are one of our favorite freezer-friendly meals. These are gluten-free, totally customizable, and only 520 calories!

Freezer meals are like money in the bank, right? Few things make me as happy as seeing a week or two worth of fast, homemade meals lined up in the freezer. They quite possibly saved us from spending a small mortgage on take-out dinners after Molly and Clara were born.

tacos, rice and enchilada sauce in storage containers

These bowls are one of my favorite things to come across in the freezer. All of the key elements freeze well (including that homemade enchilada sauce), so all you need are a few fresh taco toppings and 25 minutes to toss it all together while the meatballs simmer in flavorful sauce.

meatballs in sauce

I’ve had tacos on the brain this week. I blame the margaritas.

Happy Taco Tuesday friends!

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Meatball Taco Bowls

One of our favorite weeknight freezer meals, simmer meatballs in sauce and top taco bowls with any of your favorite toppings.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Half Sheet Pan
  • Large Saucepan



  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef (sub any ground meat like pork, turkey or chicken)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Kale or fresh herbs like Parsley or Cilantro (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Taco Bowls

  • 2 cups Enchilada Sauce (we use homemade)
  • 16 Meatballs (ingredients listed above)
  • 2 cups Cooked Rice, white or brown
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup store-bought Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  • Tortilla Chips, for serving


To Make / Freeze:

  • In a large bowl, combine ground meat, eggs, kale (if using), salt and pepper. Mix with your hands just until evenly combined. Form into 16 meatballs about 1-inch in diameter and place on a sheet pan lined with foil.
  • If using within a couple days, refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • If freezing, place sheet pan in freezer until meatballs are solid. Transfer to a freezer bag. Meatballs will keep in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.

To Cook:

  • In a medium saucepan, bring enchilada sauce to a low simmer. Add meatballs (no need to defrost first if meatballs were frozen). Simmer meatballs until cooked through, 12 minutes if fresh and 20 minutes if frozen.
  • While meatballs simmer, prep other ingredients.
  • Assemble taco bowls by topping rice with meatballs and sauce, sliced avocado, salsa, cheese, jalapeño slices, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and tortilla chips.


Print and attach the label below so cooking instructions are ready when you are!
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 661kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 2384mg | Potassium: 1096mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1911IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $9.00
Calories: 661
Keyword: easy dinner, family friendly, freezer friendly, gluten free
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And even though I just shared another photo of Molly and Clara pooling it up over the weekend, I couldn’t resist just one more. These girls love the pool!

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Meatball Taco Bowls- Fresh, fast, and loaded with flavor. One of our favorite freezer-friendly meals. These are gluten-free, totally customizable, and only 520 calories!
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. 5 stars
    What an delicious bowl of food! Its great to plan a head and freeze things makes meals in the week so much easier. Your girls are gorgeous. ????