Crock Pot Porcupine Meatballs

Beef and rice meatballs with tomato sauce
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  • Total: 6 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
381 Calories
17g Fat
15g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 381
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 252mg 84%
Sodium 551mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 39g
Calcium 61mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These porcupine meatballs are a classic, old-fashioned comfort food. This version is cooked in the crock pot. If you like lots of sauce, double the tomato soup, and diced tomatoes. 

You might also want to add seasoned salt or a herb seasoning blend to the sauce. Basil would be good in the sauce as well. Chili powder and Creole seasoning would be excellent.

The meatballs and sauce taste great with potatoes, but they would also go well with rice, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup raw rice (white, long-grain)
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounces) can tomato soup
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes (diced)
  • Garnish: fresh parsley (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, onion, green pepper, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well to blend.

  2. Shape meat mixture into 24 meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place meatballs in the crockery insert of your slow cooker.

  3. In another bowl, combine the soup and tomatoes. Pour over the meatballs.

  4. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.