Mexican Meatballs Recipe

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Add taco shell crumbs to your meatballs before cooking for some extra crunch.
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25 min COOK TIME
15 min PREP TIME
30 servings SERVINGS


  • 3 yellow corn taco shells
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili seasoning mix
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons diced green chiles
  • 1 bottle (8 oz.) taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro, finely chopped, Optional


  • Break taco shells into a food processor; cover and pulse several times to create about 1/2 cup taco shell crumbs.
  • Place crumbs in a large mixing bowl; add ground beef, chili seasoning, egg and green chiles. Mix thoroughly. Form mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  • Drop meatballs into a hot skillet and cook, turning often, until browned evenly on all sides.
  • Pour taco sauce into skillet, over and around meatballs. Gently stir meatballs around to coat with taco sauce. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top and garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with toothpicks. Yields about 30 meatballs.
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