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

5 5

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

5 5

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.

5 5

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.