Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe is wonderful as an appetizer, served with crusty bread, or as a main dish, served in sub rolls and sprinkled with cheese, or you can add a (15 oz.) can of beans and serve as a meatball chili. It is one of my favorite recipes because it is so easy to prepare and so versatile. I often keep this hot in a crockpot to take to pot lucks and a get together with family and friends.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco bell taco seasoning mix (or taco seasoning mix of your choice)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 12 cup plain fresh breadcrumb
  • 14 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa, mild or hot
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • extra parmesan cheese, as a garnish (optional)


  1. Combine ground beef, 1/2 of the taco seasoning package, 1/2 cup salsa, bread crumbs, cheese, egg and salt/pepper to taste.
  2. Shape mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and brown in large skillet in the peanut oil.
  3. Drain meatballs on paper towels.
  4. In a 2 quart sauce pan, add the tomato sauce, remaining salsa, taco seasoning and meatballs.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

These were quite delicious! Served with Mexican Rice it was one meal to be remembered!

~ValeLovesFlorida~ September 22, 2011

First time I tried these I didn't have any taco seasoning on hand so instead I used a fajita seasoning and it was amazing! I make my own tomato sauce to serve with it and was a huge hit with the entire family. 2nd time making I used taco seasoning as the recipe states and the consensus was that they were both good but we preferred the fajita ones a little more. Thanks for a quick, easy and delicious recipe Judy. This meal has become a regular request for dinner at home.

Stacey Q March 07, 2011

Both my husband and I really enjoyed these Mexican meatballs. It was a great change and a good way to use ingredients I always have around the house. I used Pamela's Bulk Taco Seasoning Mix for the taco seasoning. I served it with steamed rice a green salad, and fresh tortillas. Since there's just the two of us, I put the remaining meatballs in the freezer for another meal. This was made in memory of Judy-Jude.

Chattes January 13, 2009