Dinner Tonight: Mexican Meatballs

It’s January.  In January, I need comforting, cozy food that’s easy to prepare, warm and a crowd pleaser.  For my family, meatballs always do the trick.  These little Mexican meatballs are flavorful (without being too spicy), super simple to prepare and  quick cooking.  This is the perfect week-night dinner.  Perfect.
Shopping List
1 pound ground beef (or use ground chicken or turkey)
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup Panko (which are Japanese breadcrumbs but feel free to substitute with your favorite breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1 can chopped green chiles
1 package of taco seasoning (or two tablespoons chili powder)
2 eggs, beaten
2 splashes milk
1-2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
2 cups prepared rice (I used brown rice)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, Panko, cheese, green chiles, taco seasoning, eggs and milk.   Roll into balls (I do golf ball size) and placed on a lightly greased baking pan (I always line with foil for easy clean up!). Drizzle EVOO over all of the meatballs. Roast in the oven about 20 minutes or until brown. 
Serve over prepared brown rice with salsa spooned on top.
Happy dinner!
Mexican Meatballs Recipe, Dinner Tonight: Mexican Meatballs
  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    These look really really good! On next week's menu for sure!

  • Julie Willmert January 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I will need to try these! My husband loves mexican food, which I'm not super crazy about, but I love meatballs! This recipe is the perfect combo!

  • Marie Matter January 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I just pinned a similar recipe a few days ago – these sounds great! AND I have everything in my pantry already – sold.

  • jen January 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I will definitely be trying these soon! My hubby and baby boy will love them!

  • Rachel Knows Best January 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    This sounds so good. I have never thought about making Mexican meatballs. I will have to make them sometime.

  • Robin January 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Made these last night and they were so yummy! Used spanish rice instead of brown rice, but would like to try it your way too with the leftovers.

    Just wanted to say with a 3 mo and an almost 2 yo, I have no time to browse the internet or pinterest for recipes, so I love just coming to your site and finding it all in one place! Thanks mama

  • Chrissy January 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Do the onions turn out crunchy? My husband doesn't like crunchy onion. Thanks!!

  • Mix and Match Mama January 23, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Hi Chrissy! The onions turn out soft. I wouldn't call them crunchy! Let me know what he thinks!

  • Chrissy January 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm


    Your recipe was amazing. The onions blended in beautifully. Thanks for helping jazz up our weeknight dinner routine! 🙂

  • The Rimke Chronicles December 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I made this last night and my husband, toddler and I loved it! DELICOUS twist on a classic?,

  • Jack's Mom December 16, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I always think of meatballs as Italian, but these were sooooo yummy. Loved the combo w salsa and brown rice. Three of my four kids gobbled them up, so that's a winning recipe!!!!

  • Lacey Alexi January 10, 2016 at 12:19 am

    These were so yummy & easy! A keeper for sure!