Jalapeno Popper Meatball Subs

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I started making the family’s favorite meatballs one Sunday afternoon when I had a sudden inspiration. Look, I don’t have any sauce. What the hell are they doing? I make my own sauce from scratch, so I was a little surprised to realize that I was behind on making another batch. I didn’t even have any pasta and really didn’t want to hand make any pasta without pasta sauce. That’s when I saw a bag of jalapenos in the freezer. Why do I have a bag of jalapenos in my freezer? Honestly, I’m not even sure. They were really cheap so I just bought a whole bag thinking I could make something with them. So here comes the brilliant inspiration. What if I transformed delicious plain meatballs into jalapeño meatballs? Chopped jalapeños mixed with ground meat and stuffed with cream cheese in the middle? This is awesome! I whipped them up and my husband was in awe. They are delicious. It has become a family favorite. You can also make these meatballs in batches and freeze them. When ready to eat, take them out and cook, adding 10 to 15 minutes to the cooking time. Meatballs are delicious on their own, and you can easily turn them into killer meatballs.

Time to do it: 45 minutes

yield: 15 meatballs, 4 to 5 subs

raw material

1 lb ground beef

1/2 white onion, diced

1 to 2 jalapeños, diced

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup milk

2 TB Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp.dried basil

1 tsp.Salt

4 oz cream cheese

4 to 5 sandwich breads

barbecue sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 pan or 4-sided baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, jalapeño, breadcrumbs, cheddar cheese, milk, Worcestershire sauce, basil, and salt. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are evenly distributed.

3. Knead into 15 roughly shaped balls. Divide cream cheese into 15 portions, one for each meatball. Working one at a time, take one meatball and flatten it in the palm of your hand. Place a dollop of cream cheese in the middle, then wrap the meatballs around the cheese, sealing it in the middle.

4. Place the shaped balls into the prepared baking pan.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

6. Serve hot on toasted sandwiches drizzled with your favorite BBQ sauce