Crock Pot Porcupine Meatballs

beef and rice meatballs with tomato sauce
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  • 6 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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)

How 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. 

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 381
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 252 mg
Sodium 551 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 39 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)