Easy Cheesy Tex-Mex Meatballs


4 people

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 cups grated Mexican cheese blend, divided

  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (panko recommended)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped

  • 1 large egg

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Olive oil

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 16 ounces crushed tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

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    What better way to satisfy that cheese and meat craving than with these quick and easy meatballs? Flavorful chipotle peppers and a layer of melted cheese give these meatballs a delicious, Tex-Mex edge. Enjoy them alone or in a sub sandwich. This truly delicious recipe is guaranteed to indulge your savory cravings — and steal the show at any social gathering.

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, 1 cup Mexican cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, cumin, jalapeno, and egg. Mix gently and season with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add meatballs and sear on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. When the meatballs have a slight crust, remove them from the skillet.
    3. Add more olive oil and the onions to the skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and bring the mixture to boil.
    4. Decrease heat and then add meatballs back to skillet. Cover with a lid and let simmer until the meatballs are cooked through about 10 minutes.
    5. Cover meatballs with the remaining 1 cup of cheese, cover the skillet again, and cook until the cheese is melted about 2 minutes. Top with fresh parsley, if desired, and enjoy!
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