Grilled mexican meatball skewer

Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
30 min
20 min
10 min
These easy-to-make meatballs are packed with the delicious flavors of scallions, cumin, cilantro, and chili powder with the added crunch and texture of crushed tortilla chips. The crushed tortilla chips take the place of bread crumbs in the meatballs. A sauce made from yogurt, tomatoes, salsa, peppers, and tomatoes makes a great dip for the meatballs. The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. When grilling the meatballs, make sure that they are cold. If you grill warmer or room temperature meatballs, they tend to fall apart.


cooking spray

2 spray(s)

uncooked 93% lean ground beef

4 oz

tortilla chips

3 chip(s), crushed

uncooked scallion(s)

1 small, chopped


5 Tbsp, chopped, divided

chipotle chili powder

½ tsp

ground cumin

¼ tsp

table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

grape tomatoes

1 cup(s), halved

yellow pepper(s)

½ cup(s), coarsely chopped

fat free salsa

¼ cup(s)

plain fat free Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp

uncooked red onion(s)

2 Tbsp, minced, chopped

fresh lime juice

1 tsp


  1. Off heat, coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine beef, tortilla chips, scallion, 1 Tbsp cilantro, chili powder, cumin and salt in a bowl; form mixture into 4 meatballs. Thread meatballs onto 2 parallel skewers (for easy flipping) or 1 sturdy skewer.
  2. Grill meatballs, rotating occasionally, until evenly browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/4 c cilantro, tomatoes, yellow pepper, salsa, yogurt, onion, and lime juice in a small bowl; season with salt, if desired. Serve with meatballs.
  4. Makes 1 serving.

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