Tina Simpson


My Dear Sweet mother in law made these for me when I was dating my husband. Then she taught me how to make them. I sure love them. We both cook them different. Sometimes she cooks with tomato juice, I use sauce.

★★★★★ 1 vote
Depends on how many you can eat.
30 Min
40 Min
Pan Fry


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1 box
rice and vermicelli
1 pkg
4-5 lbs ground chuck
1 can(s)
tomato paste
1/2 c
1/2 c
brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1-2 can(s)
tomato sauce
1 can(s)
stewed tomatoes or 2 cups fresh peeled and sliced
1 can(s)
1 large
bell pepper (sliced)
1 large
onion (sliced)

How to Make Meatballs


  • 1Cook rice according to package directions. Sometimes I put the beef flavoring packet in and sometimes I don't. It all depends on what flavor I am after. Let rice cool.
  • 2Mix rice and ground chuck and roll into balls. My mother in law likes big meatballs. I like them a bit smaller. I don't use all the rice in my meatballs, I add whatever I don't put in my meat to the sauce when the peppers are tender.
  • 3Fry them on medium heat gently rolling until browned.
  • 4Mix brown sugar and vinegar in small bowl. Then pour over meatballs. Add tomato paste and worcestershire sauce. Stir around meatballs
  • 5Add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, mushrooms and stir. If you would like add tomato soup.. as little or as much as you desire.
  • 6Add peppers and onions and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add any rice you have any leftover. Taste test it, if you like it sweeter add more brown sugar.. Or vinegar if you like them a little tangier. I begin with 1/2 cup of each and add more sugar while they are simmering. Salt and pepper if desired.
  • 7Also great served with slaw.. Enjoy.

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About Meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Swedish
Other Tag: For Kids

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