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Puerto Rican Meatballs

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Save time with our simple variation of sofrito sauce. Serve for dinner with a side of rice or as a fun appetizer that will please any guest.

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  • Servings: 8 servings, 3 meatballs per serving


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  • Step 1 of 10

    ground beef, breadcrumbs, bouillon, pepper, coffee granules and egg in a large bowl.

  • Step 2 of 10

    MIX thoroughly with hands; form into 24 (1-inch) meatballs.

  • Step 3 of 10

    HEAT oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Step 4 of 10

    WORKING in batches, cook meatballs, turning occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned on all sides. Drain on paper towels; set aside.

  • Step 5 of 10

    oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  • Step 6 of 10

    add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender.

  • Step 7 of 10

    STIR in tomato, canned tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, bay leaf and paprika.

  • Step 8 of 10

    REDUCE heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, for 12 minutes or until sauce thickens.

  • Step 9 of 10

    ADD meatballs, evaporated milk and bouillon; cook for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Garnish with thyme.

  • Step 10 of 10

    TIP: For a flavor variation, serve sprinkled with crumbled Cotija cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 8 servings, 3 meatballs per serving
Calories 170
Calories from Fat 90
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 6%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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