Taco Meatball Subs

taco meatball sub recipe Good morning! I took the kids on a road trip to visit my best friend and her children in Connecticut, and then hopped back in the car to spend a few days with our friends and family in New Jersey. We have been on a full blown food tour. We started with lobster rolls and bisque in Connecticut. I love a Connecticut lobster roll, they are served hot with just lemon and melted butter. Then we have hit all of our favorite spots in the South Jersey. Custard Hut for ice cream, The Clam Bar, Johnson’s Popcorn, and our absolute favorite Charlie’s. I don’t know why, but food tastes better in your hometown. I am officially full.

Later this week, I am headed to New York City, and I am sure that I will I have some more food adventures to share with you. What are your favorite NYC eats? Let me know in the comments section if you have a favorite.

Old El Paso asked me to take a twist on the taco. I love a taco, I could eat them every single day and not get tired of them. My boys love a meatball sub, and I thought that it would be fun to make a taco version. Do you ever get an idea and it turns out even better than you pictured in your head? Yup, these taco meatball subs were even better than I thought that they would be. The kids loved them, and so did the grown ups. I made meatballs using taco seasoning and simmered them in taco sauce. I added them to a bun and covered them in cheese and put them under the broiler to melt the cheese and get the bun nice and toasty. I love pickled jalapenos, and they are so good on these subs. These are a great back to school dinner.

taco meatball subs

Taco Meatball Subs

Taco Meatball Subs

Yield: makes 4

Taco Meatball Subs - taco meatballs with taco sauce and melted cheese on a sub roll.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package Old El Paso Taco seasoning
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 (24-ounce) bottle Old El Paso Mild Taco Sauce
  • 4 hoagie rolls, split
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso® pickled jalapeño slices (from 12-oz jar), drained


  1. In a large bowl, gently mix ground beef, taco seasoning, and onion until blended. Form into 20 to 24 meatballs. Heat taco sauce in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  2. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs, cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning frequently. Transfer to heated taco sauce. Simmer in sauce until meatballs are cooked through, or no longer pink in center.
  3. Preheat broiler. Add 4 to 5 meatballs to each roll. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and the roll is toasted. Top with avocado and jalapeño slices.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

*This post is part of a collaboration with Old El Paso. All opinions are 100% my own. *


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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Laura

    Such a creative idea! Looks so mouth watering

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Laura!

  2. Tieghan Gerard

    Mmm!! We love anything taco around here! These look perfect!

    Have fun in NYC!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks! I am so looking forward to it. One of my favorite cities in the world.

  3. Theresa

    NYC – a fun place to visit! If you are on the Upper West Side, pop into Zabar’s for a unique experience. It is on the corner of 79th & Broadway. It is an eclectic corner deli/grocery store/meeting spot. What to eat?? I’ve no idea – it all looks so good every time I go, which is not often. I like to poke around upstairs in the kitchen section. I bought a paella pan there for $49 at least 10 years ago. Love that pan and the paella it makes!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Theresa!

  4. amy @ southern sweets and eats

    Wu Liang Ye. It’s a Szechuan restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Some of the best food I have ever had and I’ve been to China multiple times.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Amy! Will add to my list.

  5. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    You have me drooling. Tacos and meatball subs are two of my faves. Combining them? GENIUS.

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks! I was impressed with myself on this one too. 🙂

  6. Aggie

    What a fun idea to change up tacos and meatballs!! This sounds delicious!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Aggie! It is a fun change to the normal meatball sub.

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