Barbacoa Meatballs with Guac

barbacoa meatballs
I love barbacoa, but I usually don’t (a.k.a. never) have the foresight to stick a huge hunk of meat in the crock pot before I think, “Mannnnn, barbacoa sounds soooo good right now.” Yeah I could go to Chipotle and pick something up, but that would also mean I would need to have showered and look/smell somewhat presentable-ish, and I’m not always down for that. So here we have it; I can look like a scrub and eat the same flavors, in about 30 minutes.


For the Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground beef (use 80/20 or they may be dry)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • zest of 1 lime

For the Guacamole

  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste


Preheat your oven to 400ºF.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together all the meatball ingredients. Use a cookie scoop to portion the meatballs into a 9×13 oven-safe baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the guacamole by smashing all the ingredients together.




15 responses to “Barbacoa Meatballs with Guac”

  1. nice recipe! useful, easy, and tastes like chipotle

  2. […] were on our way out the door to help some friends move and I looked like the way I mentioned in the Barbacoa Meatball recipe post. You think I just made that up? No way. I am un-showered and wearing some form of […]

  3. OK, that’s dinner tonight.

  4. This is dinner in our household tonight too! Can’t wait! Totally loving all the recent posts on the site!

  5. Delish! Made these for din-din last night and enjoyed leftovers for lunch. Hella tasty… and guac just makes me happy…

  6. Made this but added some of the sauce from a can of chipotle in adobo. SO GOOD!

  7. JoseiTonbo

    Okay, someone educate me? Are HAAS avocados unique/different/special? I am from the great white north and these little emerald colour gems are definitely not native to Canada! I just buy whatever avocado the grocer has available. Teach me, please!

  8. Made this with zucchini pasta and home made sauce…delicious! Put the meatballs in the red sauce and mixed some guacamole in the “noodles”.

  9. Barbara Paczkowski

    I am confuses as to the difference between Paleo and Primal. I am trying to follow Paleo as I have 80 lbs to loose and if this doesn’t work, the next step is lap and, which I don’t want to do. Please tell me your receipts in primal cravings will help me reach my goal.

  10. Made these meatballs tonight and added some heirloom tomatoes, garlic and onion powder to the guac, satisfied my Mexican craving, loved it!

  11. Made these tonight for dinner – minus the guac. So good! Everyone in the family enjoyed them. Thanks!

  12. I made these tonight and used ground bison since I had that on hand and everything else. So no need to go to the store. They were so delicious!!

  13. Great idea! Does anyone know how to print these recipes instead of posting them?

    1. Karen Ramos

      Cindy – I right click and choose Print – then PDF the page numbers I want to save – and also print those pages.

  14. Tried these. I made a half recipe. I added egg and onion and used 85/15. Definitely think the 80/20 would have been better. But I love the flavor. Any comments on what the onion and egg would do to change the consistency? I just know that often regular meatballs include those two ingredients.

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