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Mexican Meatball Bowls
with rice / lime slaw / cheese

Active: 45 min Total: 45 min
We love variations on a burrito bowl, but this one is particularly fun, using Mexican meatballs as the protein. Assemble the bowls together or set all of the toppings out and let everyone assemble their own.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Mexican Meatball Bowls:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, diced
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Mexican spice blend (ingredients listed separately) - 2 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato sauce / puree (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Cheese, shredded Mexican blend - 1 cup (sub cheddar)
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/3 cup
Lime Slaw:
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
Mexican Spice Blend:
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
White or Brown Rice:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup
Mexican Meatballs:
  • Ground beef, lean - 1 lb
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Eggs - 1
  • Mexican spice blend (ingredients listed separately) - 2 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Rice - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make spice blend - Combine salt, cumin, chili powder, ground coriander, oregano, black pepper, and garlic powder. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make meatballs - Combine ground beef, panko, eggs, and first portion of Mexican spice blend (portion for meatballs). Gently mix together with a spoon or with your hands. Form into 1” / 2.5 cm balls. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Make coleslaw - Toss coleslaw mix with oil (portion for coleslaw), lime juice, and brown sugar. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Limes - Slice limes.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add oil (portion for meatball bowls) and then meatballs. Cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until golden brown on the outside, 5 to 6 minutes total. (Note: They don’t need to be cooked all the way through because they will finish cooking in the sauce.) Transfer meatballs to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving pan over heat.
  2. If the pan looks dry, add a splash of oil. Add onions to heated pan and saute until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spice blend (portion for bowls) and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Pour tomato sauce over onions and spices and stir, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add meatballs to sauce and cover. Simmer, covered, to let meatballs cook through and flavors develop, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. While meatballs cook, give coleslaw a toss and season with some salt and pepper.
  6. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve half if doubled.)
  7. Set out all ingredients and assemble bowls with rice, meatballs, coleslaw, cheese, and yogurt. Serve lime wedges on the side for squeezing over top.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (84)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (13)

Most Helpful

This was great. I thought the texture of the coleslaw mixed with rice might be a little weird, but I ended up really liking the way the slaw brought some freshness and brightness to what could have been a heavy dish. I’ll make this again for sure.

By: Melissa
Posted: Feb 14, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

67 reviews

A family favorite. I always make extra (5lbs) bc we love this meal so much and it freezes well.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jul 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We deconstructed this dish and served with cauliflower rice. The coleslaw added delicious crunch. Doubled the spices and added half to the beef and the other half with the tomato sauce.

By: Nancy
Posted: Jun 07, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I subbed cauliflower rice for the potatoes, and it was really good. The meatballs could use a little salt but overall these were fast, easy and really good! Next time I’ll cook them in the air fryer to make things even easier. Family friendly recipe and delicious!

By: Leah
Posted: Jun 24, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Loved this, sooo delicious! It was a bit more time consuming than other recipes we have done, but worth it!

By: Sara
Posted: May 05, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was so good! Everyone loved it.

By: Milne
Posted: Apr 25, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The meatballs and sauce were very flavorful! We loved having it over roasted sweet potatoes (though I did them in the instant pot to save time. I did add some spices to the slaw to give it some more flavor.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Paleo
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