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Enchilada Meatball Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This Enchilada Meatball Bake encompasses everything you know and love about enchiladas, the taste, the flavors, the cheese, but made with meatballs. These enchilada meatballs are made with pork and beef, baked to perfection, crisp on the outside, baked in an enchilada sauce and smothered with cheese. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 489 kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru
Ingredients
For Meatballs
  • 3/4 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 10 oz enchilada sauce (10 oz can)
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano chopped (dried oregano can be used as well)
  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Bake
  • 10 oz enchilada sauce (10 oz can)
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
Optional Toppings
  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • jalapenos
  • tomatoes
  • avocados
  • salsa
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl add all the meatball ingredients and mix well using your clean hands. Shape the meat mixture into balls around the size of a golf ball. You should get around 30 meatballs.

  3. Place the meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

  4. In a large skillet or a casserole dish, pour the enchilada sauce over the entire bottom. Sprinkle with about half of the cheese. Place the meatballs over the sauce then top with the remaining cheese.

  5. Bake the casserole for another 20 minutes until the cheese melts and starts to brown on top.

  6. Sprinkle with the optional toppings, if preferred.

Recipe Notes

Before making your meatballs, you can place the meatball mixture in the fridge for 1 hour to up to a day. This will help the meatballs hold their shape while cooking. Since I baked these, I wasn't afraid of them losing shape, but if you choose to fry them instead, you might want to refrigerate the meat first for about an hour.

 

Alternatively you can fry these meatballs in a large skillet until brown all over. Do not remove them from the skillet, simply pour the sauce over them then top with cheese, then place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes as specified. This will turn this recipe into a one pot dish.

 

There are multiple ways of serving these meatballs. You can serve them as they are as an appetizer. You can make tacos with them and top them with your favorite taco toppings. Serve them over rice, or make enchiladas with them. 

 

Nutritional information assumes about 5 meatballs and sauce per serving, no mashed potatoes.

 

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.