Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

The combination of frozen meatballs and chile verde sauce was a very happy discovery... the results are absolutely delicious! (And they're almost ridiculously easy to prepare, too.) I plan on making these in the future for potlucks and as appetizers. This is another Pantry Challenge recipe, where I use items I already have at home to make meals.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Into a large, heavy pot, add the onion, garlic, salsa verde, broth or beer, and the meatballs.
  2. Simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally; add the ground cumin and simmer for 15 minutes more.
  3. Serve with sour cream for garnish, along with rice and beans and tortillas (the sauce goes nicely on other items, too).
  4. Note: you can also make this in your crockpot on low for 4 hours, adding in the cumin in the last 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

I really intended to take a photo of this, but somehow it all just disappeared before I could get out the camera. I used home-made meatballs, and added about 1/4 cup of chopped green chiles, just because I wanted to use them up. These were super easy to make! However, next time I think I'll saute the onions and garlic first, just to give the sauce a bit more depth and complexity. I was looking for an alternative to the usual sauce for the meatballs, and this worked out great. Thanks for also helping me use up my jar of salsa verde - wouldn't want it to get old.

Cook In Southwest August 15, 2011

I used frozen meatballs and made this today for a quick lunch. Super easy and I only simmered for about 10 minutes. Maybe because my meatballs were on the small side? I felt any longer and they would of fallen apart. No worries though because that just means I got to eat them faster. Sour cream was delicious on these. Didnt eat over rice or pasta because Im low carbing it. Thanks for sharing:) They stood alone on their own just fine.

Ang11002 April 25, 2010

I've become a big fan of having homemade meatballs in the freezer because they are so handy for quick meals. This is a flavorful change from the usual tomato-based sauces for meatballs. Nice and spicy, I served this over saffron rice.

Ginny Sue September 23, 2007