Keto-Friendly Mexican Meatballs
We love to mix pork & beef in meatballs because the pork adds great tasting fat that compliments the lean beef (95% lean) that we use from our local farmer. Because we live in Texas, we’ve been making a lot of Mexican style meatballs as of late.
You can use Mexican style cheese for added flavor at the end such as panela, cotija, adobera, or Oaxaca. We decided to use parmesan for this recipe because it’s readily available in most grocery stores and it’s what we had on hand.
Keto-Friendly Meatballs InstructionsCourse: MainCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Beginner
Keto-Friendly Meatballs Instructions in less than 20 minutes! You can make this recipe even if you’re not on keto, any time of the week. This recipe has 1 serving is 3 meatballs which has about 66 kcal per meatball.
- Ground Meat & Other
1 lb Ground Pork
1 lb Ground Beef
16 Oz (400 grams) Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1/2 cup Grated Parmesean Cheese
- Spice Mix
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tps Ground Coriander
1 tsp Dried Oregano
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Chili powder
- Prep the Spice Mix: Mix together Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Salt, Cumin, Chili powder, Ground Coriander, and Dried Oregano
- Prep the Ground Meat: Mix the pork and the beef evenly in large bowl. I usually let the meat get to room temp before mixing.
- Prep the vegetables & Other: Chop a whole onion evenly and slice lime into wedges (or in half). Grate the cheese if needed.
- Prep the eggs: Whisk 2 whole eggs.
- Add together: Whisked eggs, spice mix and half of the chopped onions in the bowl with the ground meat.
- Using your hand or a spatula, mix all the ingredients evenly. I usually put on sterile gloves and mix by hand to ensure an event distribution of onions in the ground meat.
- Shape ground meat mix into meatballs. You can use an ice cream scoop to make them more even.
- Once all your meatballs are shaped, heat to the pan to Medium-High with cooking oil. Heat the pan until you see a little bit of smoke. We use rendered fat / lard for our meatballs, if you have access to lard, I would highly recommend to try it.
- Place meatballs evenly around the heated pan and sear all sides of the meatballs. It’s okay if it’s not cooked inside for now.
- Once you’ve seared most of the meatballs, add your fire roasted tomatoes. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover the pan, let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for 3-5 minutes covered.
- After 3-5 minutes, check the meatballs, it should be cooked through. Salt & Pepper again to taste.
- Mixing ground pork & ground beef together adds a unique flavor to your meatballs. We also use lard (rendered pork fat) to cook the meatballs for added flavor.
Final Thoughts – Simple Mexican Style Meatballs
I’ve made this dish so many times, I’ve lost count. It’s an easy meal to make with little prep involved. If you have access to Mexican style cheeses, I would definitely try that instead of parmesan cheese. We were gifted about 5-6 lbs (not even joking) of parmesan cheese and we’re slowly working out way through all of it.
Additional Meatball Recipes
We had an additional 1 lb of ground meat left from this recipe and we decided to make Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs. This recipe is just like the one above with the exception of adding cooking up spaghetti squash and using that instead of real pasta.
I’ll do a write up on the spaghetti squash in a future post. I love how versatile ground beef/pork can be. You can literally make an entire week’s worth of recipes with a few pounds of ground meat. Although you might get tired of eating ground meat all week.