Oven-Baked Mexican Meatballs

Oven-Baked Mexican Meatballs Recipe


4 Servings

Cost per Serving:


Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 403
Fat 18 g
Satfat 6 g
Protein 30 g
Carbohydrate 30 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 126 mg
Sodium 966 mg


1 pound ground chuck
1 large egg
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup plain bread crumbs
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons chili powder
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 chipotle chili canned in adobo sauce, seeded and finely chopped
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes


Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 475°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, combine meat, egg, tomato paste, bread crumbs, 2 garlic cloves, cilantro, chili powder and 1 tsp. salt; mix with your hands to combine well. Form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet. Mist with nonstick cooking spray. Bake until well-browned, 17 to 20 minutes, turning once or twice.

Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add remaining garlic clove and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add chili and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer hot meatballs to saucepan, gently stir to coat, and serve immediately.

July 2007
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