Grandma's Meatballs

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by fclbruss

This is an old family recipe. This is super easy to make. Meat ball is large and best to break it up with a fork once served. This never goes to waste.

Top Review by BarbryT

Very nice and similar to the "porcupine meatballs" I grew up eating. Easy, fast to make and tasty! I halved the recipe and got 4 large meatballs out of the 1.25 pounds of ground beef I had. I did have to add considerably more tomato juice to just cover the meatballs in a 3-quart pan. As a result, I had a LOT of liquid left when the meatballs were done. I put in another 3/4 C of rice, stirred it into the juice, covered and cooked an additional 15 minutes or so and had a lovely tomato rice sauce to serve with the meatballs. Thanks for posting this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, bell pepper, rice, salt and pepper.
  2. Form 6 equally sized meat balls. They will seem large.
  3. Place in a 3-4qt pot.
  4. Cover completely with tomato juice.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer.
  6. Simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes and garlic bread sticks.
  8. Use the tomato juice as gravy. You may add more juice as this will reduce as it cooks.
  9. Enjoy!

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