Green Chile Meatballs

This was a new recipe I tested out this week and really loved. It was a fun Tex Mex spin on meatballs. The salsa verde, cojita cheese and jalapenos made for a killer meatball combination. These would be great paired with a chopped salad, we served ours with roasted veggies.

My meatballs fell apart when I was cooking them so I really recommend popping them in the freezer or fridge for about 15-20 minutes prior to cooking to help them stay solid. Otherwise this recipe was simple and a real winner. Sterling ate at least 6 meatballs after he first snubbed them saying they looked gross, then after tasting them declared he loved them. Hence why I always make my kids at least take one bite and try everything, you never know when they might love something. Enjoy!


adapted via Martha Stewart Living

1 pund ground beef

1/4 cup cojita cheese

1/4 cup crumbled tortilla chips

2 tablespoons cilantro plus extra for serving

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1.5 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 large egg

1 4.5 oz can green chiles

1/4 cup plus two tablespoons sour cream

1 11 oz jar salsa verde

1 jalapeno thinly sliced for serving

Preheat to 400 degrees.

Whisk sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro, salt, cumin, oregano, egg, green chiles, and cojita cheese. In a large bowl add this mixture to the ground beef and gently mix. Shape mixture into about 16 1 inch meatballs. Place on a plate and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Heat oil in an oven proof skillet over medium high heat. Add meatballs and cook until golden brown on the underside about 3 minutes. Flip meatballs and pour in the jar of salsa verde. Shake pan to evenly distribute salsa. Transfer skillet to oven and cook meatballs about 10-15 minutes. Remove and add extra cojita cheese and bake another 5-10 minutes.

Whisk 2 tablespoons sour cream with 1 tablespoon water and drizzle over meatballs. Top with sliced jalapeno and cilantro.


  1. Lisa
    February 20, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    What do you suggest serving as a side dish with these? Thanks!

  2. Mitsy
    February 20, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    What did you pair this with?

  3. Mitsy
    February 20, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Never mind!

  4. Marisa
    February 20, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    Ive been putting my meatballs in the oven on a double broiler pan lined with foil and baking them o they stay together. Then when they are done baking I drop them in sauce. Maybe that would work for this!

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