Meatballs (Cajoñes)

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Sep. 26, 2013

It takes a pair... of meatballs, that is to make good Dude Food. Seans got the carnivores version with ground beef and Adams going, going, gone veggie. Both recipes are simple, easy to make, and sure to be a hit at the next potluck dinner you really never wanted to go to in the first place.

For Adam's Veggie Meatballs recipe, click here Adam's Veggie Meatballs.


Ground beef 1 Pound
Bread crumbs 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Eggs 1
Onion 1/2 Medium , finely chopped
Garlic powder 1 Tablespoon
Parmesan cheese 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (plus more for garnish)
Kosher salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Marinara sauce 25 Ounce
Fresh cilantro leaves/Italian flat leaf parsley 1 Tablespoon , chopped finely



1. Pour the marinara sauce into a large pot over low heat. Cover and let it come to a simmer.

2. In a large bowl, put your ground beef (you can also use turkey, pork, chicken, veal, whatever floats your boat, Dude), bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic powder, parmesan cheese and some salt & pepper to your liking.

3. Using your hands (yes, your hands - go wash them if you haven’t already) gently combine the ingredients. DON’T GO CRAZY over mixing this stuff, just enough to get it combined. Otherwise, you’re meatballs with be hard as a rock. And that’s a bad thing.

4. Next, still using your hands, form the meat into, well, balls. Golfball-sized is good. Don’t make them too big (ahem).

5. Finally, put the meatballs into your marinara sauce, turn the heat up to medium, bring to a simmer, then back down to low and then let them go for about 20 minutes or so. Don’t fuss with them. Just let them do their thing.

6. Give them a stir or two, but be gentle, you don’t want to break them into pieces. Then let them go for another 5-10 minutes.


7. To serve, pour a couple tablespoons’ worth of marinara sauce into a bowl, then 2 or 3 meatballs, then some more sauce, garnish with cilantro and parmesan cheese. Now you got some cajoñes like no other, Dude!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 508Calories from Fat 333

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 37 g56.9%

Saturated Fat 13 g65%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 647 mg26.96%

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 26 g52%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet