Mexican Meatballs Recipe

If you are looking to spice up your traditional meatball recipe, try this recipe for Mexican meatballs with green chiles and taco sauce.

May 2008

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    Add taco shell crumbs to your meatballs before cooking for some extra crunch.
    Photo by Getty Images/LauriPatterson
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Total Hands-On Time: 40 min

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Yield: 30 servings

Add some zest to your everyday meatball recipe with the flavors and spices in these Mexican meatballs.


  • 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


  1. Break taco shells into a food processor; cover and pulse several times to create about 1/2 cup taco shell crumbs.
  2. Place crumbs in a large mixing bowl; add ground beef, chili seasoning, egg and green chiles. Mix thoroughly. Form mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Drop meatballs into a hot skillet and cook, turning often, until browned evenly on all sides.
  4. 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.
  5. Sprinkle cheese over the top and garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with toothpicks. Yields about 30 meatballs.

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