Tex Mex Meatballs

Despite the fact we raise our own beef I’m always looking for ways to stretch the meat.

I’m not gonna lie, the thought of being able to sneak in a few extra veggies also appealed to me.  Unfortunately half of my kids subscribe to the notion that broccoli is bad, chicken nuggets are good, and ew, what’s that green thing on my plate? Are you trying to poison me?

So Calvin and Hobbes, right?

While I wasn’t able to sneak the extra veggies past them unnoticed they did enjoy dipping these in barbecue sauce.

Okay.  So did I.  Sigh.

With this meal ready in just 30 there’s no excuse not to torture your child with a little sneaky veggie meatball.  With barbecue sauce, of course.

Tex Mex Meatballs

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 30 small meatballs

Tex Mex Meatballs


  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 - 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 - 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a medium bowl add the meat, beans, corn, and green chiles. Mix together with a wooden spoon just until incorporated. Add the egg, chipotle powder, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Fold into the meat mixture.
  3. Once combined, form into tablespoon size meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the meat is cooked thoroughly. Do not over cook as it could dry out the meatballs.
  4. Serve immediately with rice or pasta and diced tomatoes.

P.S. I’ve entered this recipe to the Mr. Food Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal Contest…now we wait.  And eat chocolate while we wait cuz the waiting is the hardest part.


  1. Kalyn says:

    Sounds so good, I love meatballs!

  2. Whoa. Those sound SO yummy! Totally adding this to my grocery list!

  3. Jim says:

    Is that served with rice or some kind of pasta?

    • Krista says:

      That’s actually orzo I’m serving it with which is a pasta. My husband calls it fake rice because it always psychs him out! I love rice but I’m a pasta girl through and through so I absolutely love this pasta.

  4. Wendy @ AMFT says:

    Lol! My kids don’t like green or red things on their plate. So I do the same thing….sneak it in where I can! My oldest asks for green smoothies…not knowing why they are called green smoothies cuz they are red in color. .

  5. That look like tonight’s dinner–going to make a grocery list. :)

  6. Carolyn says:

    Yum, great flavours. I stumbled these.

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