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Havanera Meatballs

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Tender meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce makes this everyone's favorite weeknight dinner. A hearty, kid-friendly dish that will have them asking for more.

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  • Servings: 16 servings, 2 meatballs per serving


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  • Step 1 of 12

    1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  • Step 2 of 12

    ADD bell pepper, onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  • Step 3 of 12

    COMBINE ground sirloin, breadcrumbs, egg, evaporated milk, mustard, coffee granules and bouillon in a large bowl. Add bell pepper mixture.

  • Step 4 of 12

    MIX ingredients thoroughly with hands. Shape into 32 (1-inch) meatballs. Lightly sprinkle with flour, covering all sides and set aside.

  • Step 5 of 12

    HEAT 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Step 6 of 12

    DECREASE heat to medium; fry meatballs in batches of 8 for 4 to 5 minutes, slowly turning to evenly brown all sides. After frying 2 batches, clean any oil/flour residue from skillet with paper towel.

  • Step 7 of 12

    HEAT remaining 2 tablespoons oil and continue to fry remaining meatballs.

  • Step 8 of 12

    oil in large skillet over medium heat.

  • Step 9 of 12

    ADD onion and garlic; stir until onion is tender. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, sherry, sugar, bouillon and bay leaf. Stir well; cover. Decrease heat to low; cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Step 10 of 12

    STIR in evaporated milk. Add meatballs to sauce and reheat for 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Remove bay leaf.

  • Step 11 of 12

    SPRINKLE with dried oregano and serve.

  • Step 12 of 12

    TIP: Add a chopped jalapeño to the meat mixture for a spicy variation.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 16 servings, 2 meatballs per serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 70
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 7%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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