Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 20 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Let guests doctor their own plates with crunchy, colorful toppings.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 inches from heat. Broil poblano pepper on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet 6 to 8 minutes or until blistered, turning occasionally. Place poblano in a zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes to loosen skin. Peel poblano; remove and discard stem and seeds. Pulse poblano, onion, garlic, and cilantro in a food processor until finely chopped.

Step 2

Stir together corn chips and milk in a large bowl; let stand about 5 minutes or until chips soften. Stir in eggs, salt, pepper, and poblano mixture. Fold in beef. Shape into 35 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs (about 2 tablespoonfuls each). Place 1 1/2 inches apart on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) rack in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 400°. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until browned. Transfer meatballs to a large Dutch oven; add enchilada sauce, chicken broth, and 1 Tbsp. sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened, turning meatballs halfway through.

Step 4

Meanwhile, whisk together sour cream, zest, and lime juice in a small bowl. Season with salt, and add desired amount of remaining sugar. Serve meatballs with sour cream mixture, tortillas, and toppings.

Step 5

MAKE IT AHEAD These meatballs freeze beautifully. Bake an extra batch (or two), freeze, and cook as instructed, adding 10 minutes to cooking time.

Ratings & Reviews

So much flavor!

September 19, 2017
A new family favorite!! The meatballs were so flavorful and the sauce was tasty with just a little spice. Definitely making this again!


November 07, 2015
My boys loved this recipe.  No meatballs left.  

This is a must try!

April 26, 2016
Wow wow wow this is an excellent dish! I was so amazed at how flavorful this was. I will be making these again..... A lot!I would definently add more cilantro but that is because I love cilantro. I also cooked the meatballs in a pan on my stove because that's how I roll. I didn't have corn chips so I used potato chips and it worked out fine. If I have more time when I remake these I would like to mix the meat and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to give the added ingredients a chance to fully flavor the meat. This is a favorite of mine!!

So yum!

November 05, 2016
I made these for football - don't even get tortillas. Just buy Fritos scoops for your corn chips (and get a big bag). Scoop your chip in the sour cream goo, and then put a meatball in it and cram it all in your mouth. Can't stop. Won't stop. So good.