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Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

  • prep time: 10 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 20 people
  • calories: 89 1 serving

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.


cost per recipe: $5.36

  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.


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  • Beef Meatballs & Picante Glaze

    nancy k.
    January 5, 2017

    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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    December 30, 2015

    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.


    January 10, 2015

    Awesome and really easy to prepare!


    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

  • Everyone loves these meatballs.

    January 1, 2013

    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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    Calories 89
    Total Fat 4 g
    Sat. Fat 1.8 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 25 mg
    Sodium 208 mg
    Total Carb 6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugar 3 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 4 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 1 %DV
    Iron 2 %DV
    Potassium 2 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.