Mexican Meatballs with Tomato Avocado Salad

Mexican Meatballs with Tomato Avocado Salad — These FAST and EASY ground beef meatballs are coated are loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors the whole family will LOVE!! Great for busy weeknight dinners or easy-breezy entertaining!!

This post is sponsored by Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. The recipe, images, text, and opinions expressed are my own. 

Spiced Mexican Meatballs

If you need a recipe that the whole family will love and that’s fast, easy, and loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors, look no further than these ground beef meatballs.

The Mexican meatballs are coated with enchilada sauce and are infused with cilantro, cumin, chili powder, onions, and garlic. Can you say flavor bombs? They’re not your average (i.e. dry, boring, or tasteless) meatballs, that is for sure.

I made these spiced meatballs with 93% lean ground beef. Beef is a top protein choice that not only tastes great, but it’s also a source of strength to fuel you through your busy workday, your kid’s after-school sports practice, or your own CrossFit or yoga classes. Beef helps you be your best self and provide strength for your family.

Whether it’s incorporating beef into your weekly meal plan for the versatility, like this easy beef southwestern skillet, the convenience of a 15-minute beef and broccoli sheet pan dinner, or making a healthy beef taco salad that’s bursting with flavor, regularly incorporating beef into your diet can help give you the mental and physical strength needed to take on all that life throws your way.

People love beef’s rich flavor and it’s a complete, high-quality protein food that contains all the essential amino acids the body needs to support physical activity and a strong, healthy life. The iron in beef, which is more easily absorbed than iron from plant sources, can help prevent fatigue, and the protein in beef contains the optimal mix of amino acids for building and repairing muscle.

Visit www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com/nutrition for more recipe inspiration and education surrounding beef.

What’s in Mexican Meatballs? 

To make these easy ground beef meatballs, you’ll need:

  • Ground beef
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Eggs 
  • Italian breadcrumbs
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Minced onion flakes
  • Cumin 
  • Chili powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Cayenne pepper

How to Make Mexican Meatballs

These spiced meatballs couldn’t be simpler to make! Just add all the ingredients into a large bowl, making sure to reserve some enchilada sauce for later on. Combine all the ingredients with your hands or a spoon, then scoop into balls. 

Place the rolled Mexican meatballs into a greased 9×9-inch baking dish and top with remaining enchilada sauce. Bake until cooked through and serve with tomato avocado salad if desired. 

Can I Prep Meatballs in Advance? 

You can prep the Mexican meatballs in advance and just pop the baking dish in the fridge for up to two days before you’re ready to bake them off. Note that if you’re prepping in advance, add the enchilada sauce right before baking.

Can I Freeze Meatballs? 

Yes, freezing meatballs is a great way to save leftovers! Let the Mexican meatballs cool completely, then seal inside a freezer bag. To thaw, place in your fridge overnight or reheat in the oven from frozen. 

What to Serve with Meatballs 

I served these Mexican meatballs with a tomato and avocado salad that complements the Mexican vibe. If you’re looking for more side dish inspiration, here are a few other things I like serving with meatballs: 

Tips for Making Mexican Meatballs

Make the ground beef meatballs as mild or kicked up as you like based on the type of enchilada sauce you use from mild to wild, as well as the amount of chili powder and optional cayenne pepper used.

Note that it’s not necessary to roll the meatballs in your hands after scooping them out if you are in a rush, but they will look neater if you take the time to give each meatball a quick roll between your palms.

This is a great busy weeknight dinner or easy-breezy entertaining recipe. No time to sit down for a dinner and need to have something more portable? Put the meatballs on bread or buns for a grab-and-go sandwich.

Mexican Meatballs with Tomato Avocado Salad

These FAST and EASY Mexican meatballs are loaded with flavors the whole family will LOVE!! Great for busy weeknight dinners or easy-breezy entertaining!!

Yield: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • one pound 93% lean ground beef
  • one 10 to 12-ounce jar enchilada sauce (I use medium heat), divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup seasoned (Italian) breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely pressed or minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste (I used 3)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste

Salad

  • about 3 Roma tomatoes or 2 medium/large tomatoes, diced chunky
  • 1 large ripe Hass avocado, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • about 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • pinch sugar, optional and to taste

Instructions

    Make the Meatballs:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray an 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking or casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. To a large bowl add all the ingredients noting that you will only add 1/4 cup enchilada sauce now; reserve the remainder to pour over the meatballs before baking.
    3. Using your hands or a large wooden spoon, combine all the ingredients.
    4. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out the meatballs. It’s not necessary to roll them in your hands after scooping them out if you are in a rush, but they will look neater if you take the time to give each meatball a quick roll between your palms.
    5. Place rolled meatballs in prepared baking dish and evenly drizzle the reserved enchilada sauce over the top.
    6. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove pan from the oven, remove the foil, and bake for about 10 more minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
    7. While meatballs bake, prepare the salad.

    Make the Salad:

    1. To a large bowl, add all ingredients, and toss gently to combine.
    2. After the meatballs are done, serve with the salad.

Notes

  • Meatballs are best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Salad is best fresh.

More Mexican Ground Beef Recipes:

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ALL MY FAVORITE MEXICAN RECIPES HERE

One Skillet Beef Taco Pasta – An easy recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes, made in one skillet, and loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors! A family favorite that’s great for busy weeknights!

Easy 30-Minute Southwestern Beef Skillet — Easy, family friendly, ready in 30 minutes, and comfort food at its best! Ground beef, pasta, black beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning, and cheese for a Southwestern flair!

Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing — Loaded with your favorite taco fixings, minus the shells, to keep things healthier without sacrificing any flavor! The dressing is easy, creamy and irresistible!

Cheesy Beef Taco Pie — Your favorite taco ingredients baked into a savory, cheesy pie! Ground beef, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and more! Great for parties, tailgating, or easy family dinners and everyone loves it!

Loaded Smothered Beef Burritos – Mexican comfort food that’s loaded with seasoned ground beef, refried beans, rice, and smothered with sauce and CHEESE!!

Loaded Beef Skillet Nachos — EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and LOADED with taco-seasoned ground beef, black beans, corn, cilantro, and lots of CHEESE!! Great for parties, game days, after school snacks, or a cheat night dinner!!

Mexican Taco Pizza – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and like eating a taco in pizza form!! Taco-seasoned ground beef on top of refried beans with melted cheese and your favorite taco fixings!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Beef. It’s What’s For DInner. The opinions and text are all mine.