I got a basic recipe for this from a friend many years ago. Since then, I've tweaked it to fit my family's taste. It sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't. We find that this is one of our favorite recipes.

Cindy Newell
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together the ground beef, 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1 tablespoon parsley, and salt in a bowl.

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  • Bring rice and water to a boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.

  • While the rice cooks, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook 1 minced onion and 1 minced clove in the hot oil until the onion is soft; add to the beef mixture; form into 24 small meatballs.

  • Cook the meatballs in the skillet until evenly browned on all sides; drain. Place the remaining minced onion and minced garlic clove in the skillet; cook and stir until the onion is soft. Stir in the tomato puree, bay leaf, vinegar, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 tablespoon parsley, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, salt, and pepper; cook until thick, about 20 minutes. Add the meatballs and cook until the meatballs are no longer pink in the middle, about 10 minutes.

  • When the rice has finished cooking, stir in the corn. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the rice.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

535 calories; 18.1 g total fat; 69 mg cholesterol; 753 mg sodium. 68.7 g carbohydrates; 26.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2008
I really enjoyed this dish a lot. I liked the flavors of the oregano and the cumin they really came through and gave this an earthy spicy taste. I used dried minced onion since it was quick and the onions at the store look pitiful (about a heaping T worth for each onion). I used whole mexican oregano and for the salt I used 1/2 tsp of hot salt in the meatballs and 1/2 tsp hot salt in the sauce. I did add about a half cup of water and simmered this covered about an hour total. I didn't care for the rice on it's own but it went very well as a base for meatballs and sauce. I could have used half the can of mexicorn though as it seemed way too much. My son ate this wrapped in a flour tortilla. My husband didn't like this at all and wouldn't even try the rice but he doesn't like his meat with anything tomatoey. Thanks for sharing this it was really good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/20/2009
I'm sorry to write this. Avoid it at all costs!!! Saved it made it we could not eat it. Hubby said it was the worst thing he's tasted from AR. We made this as written. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2008
I really enjoyed this dish a lot. I liked the flavors of the oregano and the cumin they really came through and gave this an earthy spicy taste. I used dried minced onion since it was quick and the onions at the store look pitiful (about a heaping T worth for each onion). I used whole mexican oregano and for the salt I used 1/2 tsp of hot salt in the meatballs and 1/2 tsp hot salt in the sauce. I did add about a half cup of water and simmered this covered about an hour total. I didn't care for the rice on it's own but it went very well as a base for meatballs and sauce. I could have used half the can of mexicorn though as it seemed way too much. My son ate this wrapped in a flour tortilla. My husband didn't like this at all and wouldn't even try the rice but he doesn't like his meat with anything tomatoey. Thanks for sharing this it was really good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2008
I really enjoyed this dish a lot. I liked the flavors of the oregano and the cumin they really came through and gave this an earthy spicy taste. I used dried minced onion since it was quick and the onions at the store look pitiful (about a heaping T worth for each onion). I used whole mexican oregano and for the salt I used 1/2 tsp of hot salt in the meatballs and 1/2 tsp hot salt in the sauce. I did add about a half cup of water and simmered this covered about an hour total. I didn't care for the rice on it's own but it went very well as a base for meatballs and sauce. I could have used half the can of mexicorn though as it seemed way too much. My son ate this wrapped in a flour tortilla. My husband didn't like this at all and wouldn't even try the rice but he doesn't like his meat with anything tomatoey. Thanks for sharing this it was really good. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/20/2009
I'm sorry to write this. Avoid it at all costs!!! Saved it made it we could not eat it. Hubby said it was the worst thing he's tasted from AR. We made this as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2009
This was an excellent dinner but I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I used frozen meatballs and made the tomato sauce to heat them in for about 25 minutes. I used chipotle chili powder which turned out fantastic and left out the vinegar. I also made my own favorite Mexican rice recipe and didn't add any corn to it. The whole family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2009
yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2012
I made this according to directions except that I used pre-made frozen meatballs and I threw everything but the corn & rice in the slow cooker and put it on low all day. Threw in corn half hour before serving everyone including the 3 year old went back for seconds! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2013
My search was for a meatball with no egg and no bread crumbs. I was glad to find one. But the recipe is not really Mexican. The sauce is sweet and sour. Vinegar and brown sugar equals sweet/sour. So instead I used tomato sauce and Mexican spices as suggested but increased the amounts and added more garlic too. I rated the recipe 4 stars because the meatball was what I wanted and the sauce was easy to change to my taste. One star off because the name of the recipe is misleading. Read More
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