1 rating

Meatball Street Tacos

These street-vendor-style tacos are a cinch to make at home

In many parts of the country you can buy tacos from a street cart vendor to enjoy as a snack or on-the-go lunch. These are known as "street tacos" and they've become so popular, Mr. Food Test Kitchen came up with an easy version you can make at home. Its Meatball Street Tacos are zesty in flavor and loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings!

This recipe is provided by the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association and Mr. Food Test Kitchen.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 (28-ounce) package frozen turkey meatballs, partially thawed and cut in half
  • 3 Cups frozen pepper and onions, thawed
  • 1 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 8 corn (or flour) 6-inch tortillas, warmed
  • 2 Cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro and cream sauce


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook meatballs with the pepper and onion mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add taco seasoning and water, mix well and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.

Place the meat mixture down the center of tortillas then evenly distribute lettuce, tomato, and cheese, and drizzle with cilantro cream sauce. Serve immediately. 

Meatball Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Meatball Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.