Pregnant Foodie: Mexican Meatballs Recipe

Definitely not just one for the preggos, I recently had a stab at combining recipes from a few places around the web (and made a bit of it up myself) to mix two of my favourites – Mexican flavours with Italian meatballs. 

It did kind of wing it as I went along but the end result was good – smoky, slightly spicy, zingy and a new take on comfort food.

Here’s my recipe, give it a go!


  • Olive oil
  • 500g lean mined beef
  • 80g white breadcrumbs (I used ready made crumbs)
  • 4 tsp chipotle paste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow and 1 red pepper, chopped into chunks
  • Can on chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200ml beef stock
  • Chopped fresh coriander (to serve)
  • Lime wedges (to serve)
  • Basmati rice
  • Nachos (optional)


  1. Combine the mince meat, breadcrumbs, 2 tsp chipotle paste, 1 tsp of cumin and 1 tsp of coriander in a bowl with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into meatball-size pieces and fry in the pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil for around 10 minutes until they’re cooked through. The exact length of time you cook them for depends on how big your balls are!
    Not as dry as they look, I promise!
  2. Remove the meatballs from the pan and add another dash of olive oil, then add the garlic and onion and fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Throw in the peppers and cook for 1 minute until they start to soften.mexican-meatball
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock and tomato puree along with 2 tsp chipotle paste, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander and 2 tsp oregano.
  5. Let the mixture cook for a few minutes until the liquid starts to reduce down.
  6. Add the meatballs back in, stir well and leave to cook for a further few minutes until the sauce is nice and thick and the meatballs are hot all the way through.
  7. In the meantime, cook your rice – I actually cheated and used an Uncle Ben’s Mexican rice packet which took all of two minutes, but good old basmati is just as good if you have the time.
  8. Serve the meatball mixture with your rice, a handful of nachos on the side if you like, throw on some coriander and a wedge of lime and your Mexican feast is ready!


Warming, comforting and perfect Saturday night in front of Strictly food, the only thing missing for me was a rum cocktail!

Mummy in a Tutu

0 thoughts on “Pregnant Foodie: Mexican Meatballs Recipe

  1. This looks so yummy I love the idea of meatballs with a Mexican twist, I will definitely be giving this a go

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