Surprisingly, this authentic meatball recipe from north western Mexico contains no chillies§. A Chilli sauce such as Salsa de chile a la Jalapa should of course accompany this dish!

The trick to these is to slow cook them.

§ Miguelmartinez from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, suggests adding some chipotole chillies to the mix to make it redder and tastier.

Mexican meatballs
Meatball ingredients, the massive egg turned out to be a double yolker.
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:512
Ready in:1 hour 30 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:17th January 2013

Best recipe review

Gorgeous with spaghetti!


Love the spices in these. I should have been born a Mexican!

Paul R Smith


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Mise en place

  • Rinse the rice under cold running water
  • Cover with boiling water and leave for 45 minutes


  1. If the pork and beef is not very finely minced, blitz for 10 seconds in a food processor with a metal blade for a fine blend
  2. Trim the courgettes or squash and chop very finely
  3. Add the chopped squash, the beaten eggs and the remaining meatball ingredients to the meat and mix well with your hands until smooth
  4. Make 24 meatballs (about 4 cm diameter)
  5. In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the onions and garlic until softened, about 4 minutes.
  6. Briefly pulse the tomatoes in a food processor, you don't want a complete puree. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil, cook and reduce for 4 minutes, stirring often
  7. Add the stock to the tomatoes and once simmering, add the meatballs
  8. Cover the pan and simmer for one hour

Serving suggestions

Serve in bowls with plenty of sauce, a Chili pepper sauce and toasted corn tortillas.

Chef's notes

For this dish I used pork tenderloin fillet pulsed to a fine mince in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. A fattier cut such as shoulder would probably be better in meatballs, but was not available in the quantity I needed.

I made this over two days in two batches. The first time I added a few pasta shells in the last 10 minutes and served it with lightly fried corn tortillas. The second time, with spaghetti. Both were equally good, though I may opt to thicken the sauce a little next time.


Use pumpkin, butternut squash etc instead of the courgettes. I would think squash may need par boiling for 10 minutes first.

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