Spicy Southwest Meatballs

Southwest Meatballs

Spicy Southwest meatballs are packed with flavor and go great on sandwiches, wraps, and Mexican meals. This recipe comes from one of those accidental success stories. I wanted to make some spicy meatballs and had everything except for the bread crumbs. Don’t you hate it when you don’t go through the cupboards before you start making something? I decided I could turn this recipe into a success or a disaster with another ingredient. I happened to have a bag of tortilla chips on hand so I decided to use crushed chips as my “bread crumbs”.

The end result was delicious! Seasoned ground beef, peppers, onions, tortilla chips and Mexican spices made these meatballs delicious. I served mine over a garden fresh salsa and put them on a soft tortilla wrap. Yum!

Southwest Meatballs Recipe

I made my meatballs “chunky style” with large pieces of peppers and onions.

Spicy Southwest Meatballs
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A twist on traditional meatballs with a southwest flair.
Serves: 20 meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 medium sized green pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • *Salsa to garnish & serve meatballs with
  1. Pre heat the oven to 350
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the beef, crushed chips & egg.
  3. Add peppers, onion, cumin, black pepper, chili powder & garlic powder.
  4. Mix well, it helps to use your hands.
  5. Create round balls & place them on a foil lined baking sheet.
  6. I choose to do "regular" to smaller sized meatballs & it yielded about 20 but quantity will vary depending on your sizes.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes & then serve hot.
  8. I had mine over fresh salsa & they taste great on a wrap or tortilla too.

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2 comments on “Spicy Southwest Meatballs
  1. alyaya says:

    very good

  2. Mimi says:

    I have used garlic croutons..instead of bread crumbs. I also been selling cowboy boots on Ebay for over 7 years.

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