Party-Time Taco Bites

I make a really good Taco Meat Loaf that I shared on my blog a few months ago. I usually make it in a meat loaf pan, but one of my cousins suggested I try making this recipe in mini muffin tins instead. So, of course, I tried it and I love the results! These would make for perfect little appetizers for a party! I admit, I like almost anything with a ‘taco flavor’ to it, but these are really very good.


Taco Meat Loaf (or Party-Time Taco Bites!)

(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home’s: Ground Beef Cookbook)


  • 1 egg (local, pastured is ideal)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I use Daisy)
  • 1/3 cup ‘real ingredient’ organic salsa
  • 2 T homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 cup crushed organic tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup cheese, freshly shredded
  • 2 pounds ground sirloin (less grease) (I buy local, grass-fed beef from Seven Sons)
  • Optional toppings: additional cheese, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, sliced black olives

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except beef and toppings. Then crumble beef over mixture and MIX WELL. Press into lightly-greased (I use this oil sprayer) mini muffin tins OR a loaf pan. (I use this Chicago Metallic Meatloaf Pan: It has an “elevated lifter” that allows grease to drain into the bottom, while allowing you to lift the meatloaf out of the pan after baking for easier slicing.)

If making taco bites, bake uncovered at 350 degrees in the oven until cooked through, about 10 minutes. (There will be a lot of grease, so I like to drain them on some paper towels before serving.) If baking in a meatloaf pan, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until cooked through.

When done, sprinkle extra cheese on top and let melt in the oven. Serve with any additional toppings you’d like.

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I frequently serve my taco-based dishes with this Cheesy Taco Brown Rice recipe. It’s so easy, but makes for a nice addition to our dinner!


Cheesy Taco Brown Rice


  • 14.5 ounce can of organic chicken broth (I used homemade)
  • 8 oz can organic tomato sauce
  • 2 T taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 cup cheese, freshly shredded

In a large pot, bring broth, sauce and seasoning to a boil. Stir brown rice into the pot and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and, leaving covered, let sit for another 5 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese, melt, and serve. This rice would pair well with almost any Mexican entrée!


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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

10 thoughts on “Party-Time Taco Bites

  1. I am having so much fun exploring your blog- so glad I found it. I do not eat dairy right now (nursing my baby boy and he has a bad reaction to it) so I can’t have these. However, I think they would be perfect for a Holiday party and I am putting it on my menu! Thank you.

    1. Hollie, yes, I am so glad we connected today! I love this recipe and I’m trying to figure out how you could make it without dairy so you could enjoy it, too! 🙂 Of course, the cheese could be left out without much issues…but the sour cream would definitely change things if you left that out. I tried to search online for a substitute for you, but most options suggested are made with soy, and I’m not a fan of that due to most of it being GMO. If you are really wanting to be adventurous, you could try this recipe: (But, it’s probably not worth it for this recipe!!) If you make them, I hope they’re a hit! 🙂

  2. This recipe sounds delish!! I buy my ground beef from Honored Prairie too… I live in NW Indiana, but they deliver to my area once a month. Love their products!! So much better tasting and better for you and you can’t beat the price!

    1. Totally agree, Laura! I love using Honored Prairie’s products in my cooking. I feel really good about the quality of their meats and eggs and it’s also really cool for me to go straight to the farm to do my pickup! 🙂

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