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Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

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Great for cocktail parties, casual get-togethers or anytime, these baked meatballs are especially easy to make...and the glaze is so good, it makes them hard to resist.

serves 20 people


cost per recipe: $5.36

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  • 1

    pound 80% lean ground beef

  • 1/4

    cup plain dry bread crumbs

  • 1

    egg, beaten

  • 3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 1

    jar (16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce

  • 1/3

    cup grape jelly

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

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How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oven to 375°F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. 

Step 2

Thoroughly mix the beef, bread crumbs, egg, garlic and 1/4 cup picante sauce in a large bowl.  Shape the mixture firmly into 40 (1-inch) meatballs.  Place the meatballs onto the baking sheet.

Step 3

Bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through, turning them over once halfway through the bake time.

Step 4

Heat the remaining picante sauce and jelly in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 15 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to 1 cup.  Stir in the thyme, if desired.

Step 5

Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook until the meatballs are hot, stirring occasionally.  Serve the meatballs on toothpicks.

Recipe Tips

  • Make-Ahead:  The meatballs can be prepared and baked up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Before serving, prepare the picante-jelly mixture and add the meatballs to the skillet.  Cook until the meatballs are hot, stirring occasionally.

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(16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce

(16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce

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Ratings & Reviews

  • nancy k.

    January 5, 2017

    Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

    Easy to make and everyone enjoyed them. When company is coming, I make the meatballs a day ahead. Very stress-free

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  • SandyR

    December 30, 2015

    Popular Appetizer

    These are delicious. I made one minor change-I cheated and used pre-made cocktail meatballs and added the sauce. I also put them in a crock-pot to keep warm. Everyone wanted the recipe.

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  • jean72

    January 10, 2015


    Awesome and really easy to prepare!

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  • Kandi C.

    October 19, 2013


    My husband is diabetic and my son had gastric bypass surgery so I made some adjustments and these were GREAT!!! I used ground chicken breast instead of beef, added salt, pepper, onion powder, 1/3 cup bread crumbs instead of 1/4 cup and a hot cajun seasoning to meat mixture. I also used sugar free red raspberry preserves instead of grape & added 1T of Splenda. Using an extra small ice cream scoop makes it easier and cleaner to make the meatballs. These adjustments makes this recipe MUCH healthier w/less sugar, fat, & calories! Texas Gal 1st

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  • Onetime

    January 1, 2013

    Everyone loves these meatballs.

    This recipe is easy. I was skeptical of the grape jelly but the sauce is great. Put sauce and meatballs in a crock pot and keep them hot through the night. Make extra, they will eat more than 2.

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