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Gluten-free Cheesy Taco Meatballs And Rice recipe From Val's Kitchen


Meatballs are a favorite around here. We all like them, but we each have our favorite ways of eating them. This is one of the ways I make them that we all enjoy. Everyone loves the easy cheese sauce this recipe makes. The taco seasoning gives is just enough mild flavor to make it different. If you like you could surely switch the mild for a variety with more heat. These are super easy to make. If you have any left they store well, just be sure to put any leftover sauce you have in the container as well. Here’s how I made them.

Gluten-free Cheesy Taco Meatballs


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 2x 1 oz packets taco seasoning (I used Old El Paso mild)
  • 1/2 cup potato flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups Minute Rice (uncooked) or 4 cups cooked rice


Place the ground beef, taco seasoning, potato flakes and egg in a bowl and mix well.

Form meatballs.

Place the meatballs in the Ninja.

Set the Ninja to oven 350 and cook to brown for 15 minutes.

Remove meatballs and set aside. Leave any juices.

Place the Velveeta and evaporated milk into the Ninja.

Switch Ninja to stovetop medium and cook for 10 minutes, until a sauce is forming.

Put the meatballs back into the Ninja in the sauce.

Switch Ninja to slowcook high and cook for 25 minutes.

While the meatballs are finishing up, prepare the Minute Rice according to instructions on the box.

Serve the meatballs immediately over white rice.

Gluten-free Cheesy Taco Meatballs And Rice recipe From Val's Kitchen

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 22, 2016 - 5:07 pm

That’s the perfect dish for my family. It’s easy, it’s hardy, and it’s delicious looking. Perfect!

Lisa Joy Thompson July 22, 2016 - 5:10 pm

These meatballs look absolutely delicious! What a great combination of flavors! Looks super easy to make too!

Lindsey Paris July 22, 2016 - 6:52 pm

These meatballs look they would stick with you for a while. Do they reheat? A perfect to-go lunchbox snack in a thermos.

Dawn McAlexander July 22, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Taco meat balls! Now that is a recipe that I can get on board with. Why have I not tried these before?

Marcie W. July 22, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Taco meatballs sound super unique yet delicious. I bet that sauce makes you want to lick the plate clean too!

Theresa July 23, 2016 - 12:45 am

I just want to swim in all that yummy cheese! This sounds like a great dish!

Toni | July 23, 2016 - 2:00 am

Oh, that sauce looks creamy-licious! I love that you made this version gluten-free! This is definitely a must-try!

patricia Marsden July 23, 2016 - 7:59 am

That topping looks scrumptious but any suggestions foone for those who must limit or avoid dairy entirely?

Melisasource July 23, 2016 - 9:17 am

Wow, this looks delicious! And my family just went gluten-free so this will be great! Thank you.

Cinny July 23, 2016 - 10:54 am

That sounds like something I’d like to eat! Taco meatballs and cheese, what a combination.

Kita Bryant July 23, 2016 - 3:12 pm

Gluten free AND cheesy?! This is a tasty meal for sure! At least it looks and sounds that way!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement July 24, 2016 - 12:16 am

As if gluten free wasn’t enough to capture my attention and taste buds, you had to include the cheesy key word, too? All I can say is yes please! This recipe looks absolutely delish.

Nikki Wayne July 24, 2016 - 1:05 am

We love tacos! It would be so nice to try this recipe, look really delicious.

Rosey July 24, 2016 - 7:39 am

I like that it’s on rice. That is the perfect balance of flavors.

kristin July 24, 2016 - 2:22 pm

How great this sounds!! This would be a great dinner idea, perfect for kids too!

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place July 25, 2016 - 7:47 am

Taco and meatballs- what a great combo! I think my family would love this.

Ronald Gagnon July 28, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Perfect meal for an old bachelor


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