I was reading the Mexican Weeknight Easy magazine and loved their recipes.  But seemed to me there was a need for one more,  my Easy Taco Meatballs Rice and Frijole Bean dinner.  This dish is super easy and got a thumbs up from She Who Must Be Obeyed and my youngest son.  This recipe is fairly mild, but you can always add more spice or salsa to get it to your required level of heat.


Taco Meatballs

Recipe serves 4



1 and 1/4 lbs. ground beef

3 Tbsp. finely minced onion

3 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. dried cumin


1 – 15 oz can crushed tomatoes

8 oz can tomato sauce

1/4 onion – diced

2 oz canned diced green chilies

1 Tbsp fresh minced cilantro

1 garlic clove crushed


1 can Frijole beans with 1 oz of canned diced green chili added.

Rice for four cooked per instruction.

1 avocado – peeled and sliced into thin wedges.


In a large mixing bowl combine the meatball ingredients with your hands, and then make 12 meatballs.

Drizzle 1/4 tsp of olive oil onto a large fry pan, turn heat to medium high.

When hot add meatballs – turn every few minutes to brown on all sides.

To sauce pan add the sauce ingredients and heat to slight boil and then reduce to simmer.

Make rice per instructions on box.

Near the end of cook time for the above place the beans and green chilies in a pot and heat on low.

Peel and slice avocado as a side.


Make a little rice bed, add three meatballs, to the side on the plate add beans and avocado.  Spoon a good serving of sauce over the meatballs and rice.

And there you have it,  a great home cooked meal that was a snap to make.


When I was younger and playing in a band that toured the plain states and southern Manitoba, in the summer whenever we could we would head up to a lake that spanned a small chunk of land between North Dakota and Canada.  One of our friend’s parents had the only cabin on one island.  And when the parents weren’t using the cabin the kids did. And when the kids had it, and me and my band and another band we hung with weren’t off playing somewhere, it all added up to a  serious party!

What could go wrong late teens back in the 70’s, band members and other assorted long hairs, oh and an island.  We would wait for pickup at the boat landing.  Our friend and his girlfriend would ferry groups over to the island.

Once on the island the party would start and then grow as more arrived by boat.   Eventually the group would span out with some would be water skiing and others enjoying the solitude and music.  At the end of the day the bonfire would be blazing and everybody gathered.

That was a special time  to be alive.  Although we weren’t angels by any measure, there was no drama.  No fights, no hassles, no problems just a bunch of young adults experiencing life.  Of course it wasn’t all perfect, there was that nasty Draft, and as time went by a few friends that never came back.

I kinda think we were freer then.  But then again, maybe I’m just recalling things through my rose colored memory lens.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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