Beef, Dinner, Food, Pork, Recipes

Mexican Meatballs

With Sarah out of town for the filming of Primal Chef, it was my job to create this recipe and share it on Everyday Paleo.  Well, technically I didn’t create this recipe, Sarah told me what to cook, how to cook it and in what order, prior to leaving!  Our boys absolutely love the enchilada sauce from Everyday Paleo and what better way to enjoy a sauce than on meatballs!  Sarah and our son Jaden (8yo) actually created this recipe for Jaden’s book report project earlier this week.  What I did create however, was a fun time for me and the boys in the kitchen while preparing this great meal, and believe me, it’s pretty amazing.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

The Sauce (Seafood enchilada sauce from Everyday Paleo)

Note: prepare sauce or have it simmering prior to putting meatballs into the oven.

1 medium onion, minced

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 cups tomato puree (make your own-about 4 large tomatoes pureed in a food processor)

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp sea salt

Saute the onions in coconut oil until limp.  Add tomato puree, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt.  Mix well and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often.  Pour the sauce into a food processor and process until smooth.


1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

1 1/2 tsp salt

3 garlilc cloves

1 tbsp oregano

1/2 small onion, minced

2 tsp cumin

Mix together all ingredients and form golf ball size meatballs.  Place meatballs into a glass dish (will probably need 2- makes about 24 meatballs) and bake at 375 for 15 min.  Then spoon sauce over the meatballs and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  

As always, enjoy!!


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Erin D. says:

    Looks yummy! Meatballs are always a big hit at my table, so I’ll add this dish. Thanks for all the tips, helpful for cooking strategies!

  2. sally says:


  3. Fay Edwards says:

    Sounds Good will try this. Thanks

  4. Fay Edwards says:

    Ok , Thanks

  5. Kimberly says:

    Looks yummy! Thanks for posting.

  6. Sauce is incredible! It’s simmering as I type. Meatballs are in the oven using breakfast sausage and grass-fed bison. I can hardly wait for dinner. Thanks for sharing. Already pinned it and will be blogging the recipe very soon!

  7. Kim says:

    What’s a good side for this recipe? My husband likes sides 🙂

  8. Help…i use the coconut oil in a jar…is the measurement in hard form or do you melt it and then measure…thanks..

    1. Sarah says:

      If you measure it liquid or solid, it will still be 2 tablespoons. Just scoop the tablespoons into your pan, heat until melted, and add the onions.

  9. Ashley says:

    made this tonight – delicious!!

  10. Michelle says:

    I made this last night and it was delicious and super easy. I can see this becoming a regular at our home. Thank you!

  11. Suze says:

    Made this for dinner tonight – thumbs up!!! 😀 There’s only two of use so there is all manner of leftovers, lol. Yum! Hubby says it’s a keeper.

  12. Very tasty! I made this on Sunday (eclipse day) and blogged about it over on HowToEatAndLive as well:

    Thanks for posting!

  13. Steph says:

    I just cant stomach the smell of the coconut oil (even tho i love coconut). When it starts warming up – i get super nauseated.
    Can i use olive oil or something else instead.??
    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Have you tried this? Does not taste or smell like coconut.

  14. These look amazing. I am just starting to go Paleo, and I am so happy I found your site. You have amazing recipes!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you! Glad you found my site too!

  15. Sasha says:

    Made these last night and I enjoyed the meatballs. A nice change. Not sure if its because I had to use canned puree but I didn’t enjoy the sauce.

  16. abigail says:

    Today is the second time I’m making this for the family (the first time was 3 weeks ago). Everybody loves it! I added more tomatoes for the sauce because I used real tomatoes. I will cook this for friends as well for sure! Thanks for this recipe!

  17. Sara says:

    Yum! Making this tonight 🙂 I love me some meaty meatballs.

  18. Michelle says:

    Are these good to freeze and reheat at another time? And what sides do you use with this dish?

  19. Valerie says:

    I’m not usually one to comment on a recipe, but since going Paleo I’ve struggled finding recipes to please the whole family. These meatballs were an absolute hit with my family!!! These will be finding their way to the dinner table often. Thank you!

  20. James Allen says:

    Just made these last night and WOW these were good. I didn’t have cumin so I substituted Mrs Dash, and oh my were they good. THANKS!!

    1. Sarah says:

      So glad you liked them, thank you!

  21. Lovely recipe! Tasted lovely!

  22. stuart says:

    As a side we had thinly sliced courgette, like linguine pasta but obviously no pasta involved.

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