These Mexican Meatballs are a spicy, low carb appetizer that is perfect for any party!
This Mexican Meatballs recipe is one I came up a few years ago. They are little bites of spicy, cheesy, low carb goodness and they make a great appetizer for parties. They would go great with a margarita and some chips and salsa at your upcoming Cinco de Myo party.
These little meat-a-balls are made with ground beef spiced with cumin and chili powder, and mixed with chopped jalapenos and cheddar cheese. There are no breadcrumbs in the recipe, just 1 egg to help bind everything together. I use 80/20 ground beef because the meatballs lose a lot of fat as they cook and leaner ground beef tends to dry out. They are great as a party appetizer because you can mix everything together the night before the party, roll it into balls, and then store it in the refrigerator overnight. They only take 30 minutes in the oven so I just pop them in the oven while I go do my make-up and by the time I’m ready so are they.
I serve them with a sour cream and salsa sauce. It’s as simple as it sounds, just mix 50% salsa and 50% sour cream together, it doesn’t get easier than that! These meatballs are also good with a green tomatillo sauce, or a spicy chipotle sauce. Serve them with whichever you like or offer your guests all three!
This is a recipe you can make and freeze so you always have some on hand. I like them so much that I usually make two batches and freeze one. Then I can cook them sometime after the party as a simple lunch or dinner. If you do decide to freeze them you’ll need to increase the cook time to make sure that they are cooked all the way through.
- 1 lb 80/20 Ground Beef
- 2 Tbsp Cumin
- 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Salt
- ¼ c Jalapenos, diced
- 1 c Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1 Egg
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Roll into 1-2 inch balls, they will shrink as they bake.
- Bake in a baking sheet for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
Cinco de Mayo will be here before you know it. Make sure to add these to your party menu…or just make them for yourself along with a pitcher of sangria!