Grandma's Meatballs

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins

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.

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!


Most Helpful

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.

BarbryT May 05, 2007

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