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Mexican Meatballs

These cheesy Mexican meatballs will be a hit at your dinner table!

Updated July 25, 2019
Easy Mexican Meatballs
Easy Mexican Meatballs
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We love classic meatball recipes, but sometimes it's okay to mix things up a little!

These easy Mexican meatballs are sure to be a hit at your dinner table. They're the perfect blend of your favorite comfort food and a little bit of spice. The meatballs are light and flavorful, and once they are baked they get a generous portion of sweet-and-spicy sauce and melty cheese. These Mexican meatballs will definitely disappear almost as quickly as you make them!

Serve this easy dinner recipe with Spanish rice or refried beans. This complete meal comes together in no time for a weeknight victory!

Food FYI: Other Types of Mexican Meatballs

Our recipe is one that we think will be a hit in the homes of most of our readers.

It's easy to make, it uses family-favorite ingredients like Cheddar cheese and taco seasoning, and it will remind everyone of how fantastic taco night is.

However, there are some other (and let's be honest, more authentic) versions of Mexican meatballs out there! Here are a few other versions, along with some notes about where they come from.

Albondigas Soup (aka Mexican meatball soup)

This is a traditional Mexican broth-based soup that's loaded with veggies and meatballs. Albondigas is the Spanish word for meatballs, and they're also the star of this dish. Fresh herbs are also a popular component, lending the soup tons of fresh flavor. If you want to give it a try, check out this version over at Jo Cooks!

Albondigas al Chipotle

This recipe is similar to ours. Homemade meatballs simmer in a red sauce until everything is reduced, gooey, and delicious. The sauce for albondigas al chipotle is a chipotle pepper salsa, and it's filled with rich smoky flavor, fresh herbs, and spices. This traditional recipe also skips the Cheddar cheese on top, although it's common to add a cube of cheese or piece of boiled egg in the center of these meatballs. Learn more and try this recipe from Mexico in My Kitchen.

Now let's dive in to our version, which we think you're going to love!

Cheesy Mexican Meatballs Recipe


Preparation Time - Text20

Cooking Time40 min


  • 1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
  • cilantro, for garnish

Mexican Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13”-inch baking dish.

  2. Mix ¼ cup enchilada sauce, ground beef, oats, eggs, and taco seasoning.

  3. Form meatballs by hand and place in the baking dish.

  4. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over meatballs. Cover with foil and bake and bake for 30 minutes.

  5. Uncover and sprinkle cheese over meatballs. Bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

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