Fiesta Fajita Meatballs

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¡Juevos! No, not eggs…the other juevos. I’m talking about Balls! Tender, succulent, delicious…….
Meatballs! What? You thought I was talking about something else? {wink}

This Mexican inspired meatball calls for additions to the original meatball recipe, so they will need to be made from scratch {not utilizing the O.G. Meatball recipe or frozen meatballs.} But believe me, it’s worth the extra effort! If you pass up this recipe, you’ll be missing out on all the caramelized onion goodness this recipe brings to the fiesta.

2 lb ground beef
1 onion, thinly sliced, then slightly chopped
1/2 of a red pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup {about 1/2 of a bunch} fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup shredded white cheese {such as: Monterrey jack, mozzarella, pepper jack, white cheddar}
2 eggs
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt, plus extra for the caramelized onions
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon oil
*Tortilla picks {optional}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a sauté pan melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add the onion and sprinkle liberally with salt {this will pull out the sweetness and help caramelize the onion.} Cook, stirring frequently for 20-25 minutes until onions are caramelized {when they’re a light caramel color and smell heavenly, they’re done.} Add the red peppers and stir. Sauté for about 1 minute then add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer. Place this sautéed mixture in a large bowl and set aside to cool.
When cooled, add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Add one Tablespoon oil to a non-stick sauté pan and place on medium heat. Roll the meatball mixture into balls {about 1” diameter} and place each in the oil {will need to be done in batches.} Brown slightly and turn to brown the other side of the ball {about 2-4 minutes each side.}Then place on a baking sheet. When all meatballs are seared, finish cooking in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Serve with salsa.

*I used tortilla strips as picks for the meatballs. Simply slice a corn tortilla into small strips and fry in oil until crisp.

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