This Cheesy Mexican Meatball Skillet is an easy, flavor-packed one skillet meal that doubles up as a weeknight dinner or a great crowd-pleasing game day or party dish! Tender, spiced beef meatballs simmered in a delicious Picante sauce and topped with gooey, melty cheese.EASY- This is an easy and impressive recipe to make. Great for beginners. This meatball skillet is perfect for parties, for game day, or for just snacking! US based cup, teaspoon, tablespoon measurements. Common Measurement Conversions. Weight measurements are recommended for accurate results.
Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl, until combined.
Using a 2 inch scoop, portion the ground beef and form meatballs about 1.5 inches in diameter (about 26-28 meatballs).
Heat a 9 inch skillet over medium-high heat with some oil (olive oil or vegetable oil).
When the skillet is hot, brown the meatballs in batches (not more than 5 minutes for each batch). Set the meatballs aside.
Lower the heat to medium. Drain any excess oil in the pan, and add the Picante sauce to the skillet. Bring to a simmer.
Transfer the meatballs to the pan and cover well in the Picante sauce.
Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 10 minutes on medium heat (the meatballs should be cooked through). The meatballs can be frozen at this stage - just let them cool completely, cover and refrigerate or freeze.
When ready to serve, sprinkle shredded cheese over the meatballs in the skillet. The cheese will start melting as the meatballs and the Picante sauce will be hot.
Place the skillet under the broiler and let the cheese brown.
Remove from the oven when the cheese has browned, sprinkle fresh cilantro and serve immediately with salsa puff pastry chips and/or tortillas and guacamole.
Puff Pastry Chips
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Place the thawed puff pastry sheet on a floured surface and roll it out to make it thinner.
Spread a thin layer of salsa on the puff pastry sheet and sparsely sprinkle some cheese on top, and cut the sheet into desired shapes (I cut them into triangles using a pizza cutter).
Place the puff pastry "chips” on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes, until they are puffed up and golden brown in color.