Mexican Meatballs

Photo: Sang An

These Mexican ground pork meatballs are an easy and economical way to bring a little Mexican flair to your dinner table. 

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Other: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 471
  • Calories from fat: 63%
  • Fat: 33g
  • Saturated fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 141mg
  • Sodium: 1,709mg
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 14g
  • Protein: 2g

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 16-ounce jar salsa

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, preferably ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; let cool.

    In a large bowl, combine the pork, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, cumin, and onion mixture. Shape into 12 meatballs.

    Wipe out skillet, add the remaining oil, and heat over medium-high heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides, about 7 minutes total.

    If not using an ovenproof skillet, transfer the meatballs to a baking dish. Pour the salsa over the top. Bake until cooked through, about 25 minutes.

    Tip: If you're in the mood for soft tacos, set out corn or flour tortillas and shredded cheese with the meatballs. Otherwise simply serve them over rice.
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