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Bake Beef Mexican

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  178
  • Protein  12 g
  • Carbohydrates  9 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  81 mg
  • Sodium  101 mg
  • Potassium  202 mg
  • Phosphorus  102 mg
  • Calcium  13 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

South of the Border Meatballs

Spice up your kitchen with kidney-friendly South of the Border Meatballs. This appetizer recipe is great for people with kidney disease, diabetes or those on dialysis.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted DaVita dietitian Kathy, MS, RD, LDN, CSR, from Pennsylvania

Portions: 24 servings     Serving size: 2 meatballs


    • 1-1/2 cups onion
    • 1-1/2 cups green peppers
    • 2 jalapeno peppers
    • 3 pounds ground beef
    • 4 cups cooked rice
    • 5 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 cup taco sauce
    • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Chop onion, green peppers and jalapeno peppers. Beat eggs.
  3. Combine ground beef, onion, green pepper, jalapenos, cooked rice, beaten eggs, garlic powder in a large bowl and mix together.
  4. Roll into 1” balls and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Combine taco sauce and water in a saucepan and bring to boil.
  7. Add meatballs to taco sauce and lower temperature to warm.
  8. Serve hot or place in a covered warming dish or slow cooker on low heat setting.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1-1/2 meat
    • 1/2 starch
    • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
    • 1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Make meatballs ahead and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat ingredients together and transfer to a warming dish.
  • Choose lowest sodium brand of taco sauce.

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