Little Latin Meatballs (Albondiguitas)

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Salsa

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Meatballs: Remove stems, seeds and membranes from peppers; chop peppers.
  2. Mix peppers, beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk, cheese, onions, salt and pepper. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls.
  3. Place in an ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F until brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with salsa.
  6. Salsa: Heat all ingredients.

Makes 36 meatballs.

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