Filed Under: Beef, Dinner, Family Gathering, Under 20 Mins

Fiesta Meatballs

MEAL ONE: Everybody loves meatballs and these are a cinch to make. All you need is a jar of salsa for their almost-instant sauce. Better still, you'll have leftovers for MEAL TWO, hearty wraps the next day.

February 19th, 2007

By Heather Trim

"This makes my tongue dance around — my tongue likes it!" Clare, four-year-old daughter of Sue S., Georgetown, Ont.
Prep Time
30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) Tex-Mex or Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1-1/2 lbs (750 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped fresh coriander (optional)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 sweet pepper, seeded and cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) mild or medium salsa
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • grated cheddar cheese and chopped fresh coriander (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, using a fork, whisk together milk, egg, Tex-Mex seasoning and salt. Tear bread into tiny pieces, dropping them into milk mixture; stir well. Let stand for 5 minutes until mushy. Add meat and coriander. With fork, stir just until blended (do not overmix or meatballs will be tough).

  2. Form meat into about forty 1-inch (2.5-cm) meatballs. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs, in two batches if necessary, for 7 to 8 minutes, until mostly browned all over. Return all meatballs to skillet. Stir in red pepper, salsa and water. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, stirring once or twice, for 3 to 5 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.

  3. Set aside 16 meatballs for Fast Meatball Tortillas. Spoon remaining meatballs and sauce over cooked rice; sprinkle with cheese and coriander. Serve at once.

Nutrients Per Serving

per serving 243 calories, 12.5 g fat, 49 mg calcium, 491 mg sodium, 8.3 g carbohydrates, 1.6 g fibre, 24 g protein

Fiesta Meatballs
Photos by Janet Bailey
Food Styling by Marilyn Dunphy
Prop Styling by Emily Vezér

One response to “Fiesta Meatballs”

  1. Stephanie says:

    sounds very tasty, well i know what im making for dinner…. Thanks.

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