Slow Cooker Cheesy Diablo Meatballs

Slow Cooked Cheesy Diablo Meatballs Recipe

This spin on meatballs is inspired by diablo shrimp, which consists of a fiery (one might say devilish) tomato-based sauce. Everybody loves a spicy beef meatball, and these cheese-stuffed winners don’t even need to be seared before simmering in their spicy slow-cooker sauce.
Prep 30 Minutes
Total 3 Minutes
Servings 12

Ingredient List

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 1 to 2 chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean (at least 85%) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 24 (1/2-inch) cubes Monterey Jack cheese (3 oz)
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In blender, add tomatoes, chiles and garlic. Cover; blend 30 to 60 seconds or until smooth. Pour tomato mixture into slow cooker.
  2. In large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, onion, cilantro, milk, egg, taco seasoning mix and cumin. Shape into 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs; tuck one piece of cheese in center of each meatball, and seal completely. Add meatballs to tomato mixture in slow cooker; gently turn to coat.
  3. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked (165°F); stir.

Expert Tips

  • Using 85% lean ground beef ensures a tender meatball while preventing the sauce from getting greasy.
  • Use 1 chipotle for a medium hot sauce, or for a spicier sauce, use 2.
  • Serve with additional cilantro or sliced green onions for a pop of color.


1 Serving: Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 260mg; Potassium 180mg; Total Carbohydrate 8g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 10g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8%; Iron 8% Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Medium-Fat Meat, 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

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