Spooky Eyeball Tacos (Johnny #5 Tacos)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

These are a sight to see. I originally made them after finding the recipe last year for Halloween and have since changed the recipe around to make them more eater-friendly. The smiles you will receive are priceless! Try to find the widest taco shells possible if you are not making your own. We call them “Johnny 5 Tacos” as they resemble the robot from the movie Short Circuit more than they seem spooky. Kids also love to help prepared these!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 12 taco shells
  • 34 cup salsa
  • 34 cup sour cream
  • 1 tomatoes, small cubes
  • 1 small head lettuce, sliced into small confetti squares
  • 1 (2 1/4 ounce) canlarge black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup cheese, Shredded & Long (cheddar is good, but a Mexican blend would be good too)


  1. MIX meat and seasoning mix. Shape half of the mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls; place in 15x10x1-inch baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Brown the remaining seasoned ground beef and add salsa.
  3. Fill each taco shell with a thin layer of ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.
  4. Position 2 meatballs inside the taco shell and add a dollop of sour cream to each. Garnish with olives to make “eyeballs.” Spread the cheese out along to the top for stringy hair.
Most Helpful

5 5

Very easy to make and they look so cool....

5 5

Made these for my friend's birthday party - she is 19 yrs old! We all loved them - we had to make children's party food for a joke!! Great fun and recipe - thanks for posting.

5 5

Terrific recipe, and not just for Halloween! These were easy and so fun to make. My six year old had a blast, and then she got a kick out of "tricking" Daddy into thinking he was eating eyeballs! DD does not like Sour Cream, so for hers I "glued" the olives onto the meatball with a little melted cheese. A simple recipe that makes tacos a fun eating experience. Thanks Cheryl!

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