Beef / Gluten Free / Recipes

Mexican Meatballs!

08.18.15

mexican meatballs!-10

Are you a meatball person?  or a meatloaf person?

I could never get behind meat loaf.  Couldn’t wrap my head around it.  I didn’t hate the taste of it, I think I just hated that it was ALWAYS served with mashed potatoes which I HATED. so I’m a meatball girl for sure.

mexican meatballs How are you feeling about these meatballs? skeptical?  Apprehensive?  it’s okay. I feel you. I was a weeeetle (<– yes, I am 4 years old) scared.  I assumed they’d be good, because taco seasoning + ground beef.

mexican meatballs!-5

but I LOADED these suckers up with veggies (a) to get more for my buck and (b) because um. who doesn’t LOVE fajitas?

mexican meatballs 2

and so that’s what these are.  a weird cross between tacos and fajitas and… nachos? because:

TORTILLA CHIPS.

mexican meatballs!-6

Oh yeah.  I made tortilla chip breadcrumbs.  MAINLY to try and hold the meatballs together <- the peppers give off a lot of water which makes it hard to get the meatballs to hold shape.  but also, why not?

unless you’re doing a whole 30 like me… mexican meatballs!-7

 soooo, I made a whole30 version of these this weekend – all I had to do was omit the tortilla chips!  easy peasy.  and then you can have them all week long! (I even froze some uncooked for easy access next week too.  i’ll be doing Whole30 updates because it seems like you guys are pretty interested, so i’ll let you know how these turned out frozen.)

mexican meatballs!-8

^sighhhh they’re so pretty.

here’s the deal about baking time.  these suckers turn a little redish because of the red pepper juice, the best way to test if they’re done is using a meat thermometer.  you want ground beef to reach a temp of 160 degrees according to the USDA. 

mexican meatballs!-9

 um, if you’re not doing a whole30 you should ABSOLUTELY add corn to this dish.  ughhhh. I love fresh corn off the cob.  it’s so delicious and crisp.  I obviously served my meatballs over a bed of zucchini noodles with bell peppers and extra Mexican green goddess dressing.  But I also had them over a salad last week and oh my gosh it was good.  I tend to save the meatballs till the end so that I make sure I eat all the veggies…. because i’ll just eat the meatballs if I don’t…

mexican meatballs!-11

Mexican Meatballs
 
Prep
Cook
Total
 
Author:
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef (or meat of your choice)
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • ½ jalepeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican green goddess dressing
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup tortilla chips
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the peppers, onion, and cilantro in a food processor and run until the mixture is very finely diced.
  3. Place the mixture into a large mixing bowl with the ground beef, taco seasoning, mexican green goddess dressing, and the pinch of salt. Process the tortilla chips in the food processor until they reach a crumb-like consistency and add to the bowl. Knead the ingredients together with your hands and then roll into meatballs.
  4. Place a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of a cookie sheet and set a cooling rack on top of the foil. Gently place the meatballs onto the cooling rack and bake for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool and then serve in a salad, on zoodles, or even with tortilla chips.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 1200 Fat: 74g Saturated fat: 23g Unsaturated fat: 41g Trans fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 45g Sugar: 16g Sodium: 580mg Fiber: 10g Protein: 86g Cholesterol: 281mg
  mexican meatballs!-12

 oh and I definitely crumbled up some tortilla chips and threw them on top for some texture.  yup.

Make it? Lemme see it! Hashtag it: #thepikeplacekitchen 

Insty. Twittah. Lovingzeblogs. Pinnypins.

 

  • Biz

    I never liked meatloaf either and my husband loved it – he had to remind me to make it because if I didn’t like it, it never got made! But. . . I love balls! :P

  • wait i totally hate meatloaf too!!!! my mom always used to make it, and she’s a great cook, but it skeeves me out. these sound incredible and i love that you put them over zoodles!!

  • Two confessions: 1. I’ve never had meatloaf and 2. I bought a spiralizer but I’ve yet to use it!! I LOVE meatballs though, and this twist on the spaghetti with meatballs classic is so CREATIVE and looks really delicious. Pinned!