Recipe: Porcupine Meatballs

Last night I made a dish I hadn’t made before, I have had these before and they were good so I wanted to try them out on my own. I found a few different recipes online, but some of them sounded so bland. I made my own version.

1 lb ground chuck (beef or turkey, I am sure you could use anything)
1 cup of uncooked minute rice
S & P
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
dash of chili powder
1 egg
handful of bread crumbs
1 can of tomato soup
1 5 oz can of tomato sauce
1/4 cup of milk
2 teaspoons of A1 sauce or Worcestershire (I used A1 because I didn’t have the other)
1 Beef Bouillon cube
1/2 medium onion diced very small

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl mix an egg, spoonful of the tomato soup, ground chuck, bread crumbs, onion, garlic powder, chili powder, S & P, and rice.
Make into meatballs and place in a shallow baking dish, I made about 18 meatballs with mine.
In a separate bowl microwave the beef bouillon with the tomato sauce just so the cube dissolves.
Mix in the tomato soup and A1 sauce, milk, salt and pepper.
Pour mixture over the meatballs.
Cover dish with foil and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serve over rice!


  1. Sounds yummy! Did you like the end results? I am assuming you did or you would not share it with us. ūüėČ lol

  2. Sounds delicious. I have seen similar recipes before but never tried them. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please stop back by today to vote.

  3. Kathy Smith says:

    Looks yummy! I think these will be a big hit at my house. Thanks for sharing recipe. I will be pinning this recipe.

  4. Christine says:

    My family makes porcupine meatballs that are very similar. We make regular meatballs with rice in them (ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt & pepper) and then pour a large can of tomato juice over it and bake for about an hour. We love it with mashed potatoes, green beans, and biscuits. It’s comfort food for us and someone always requests it from mom. I’m going to try it this way and compare them.

  5. I don’t usually keep Minute Rice on hand (I use a rice cooker to make rice, easy peasy), but I like the sound of this recipe so much I’m going to get a box the next time I’m shopping just so I can make these meatballs. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. cheryl lister says:

    I made a similar recipe once but with regular rice. The rice didn’t completely cook and the meatballs were a little crunchy! The Minute Rice would solve that problem, so I may give porcupine Meatballs another try.

    • You can use regular long grain rice. I’ve made Porcupine Meatballs all my life. The trick is to use a pressure cooker. You make them the same and pressure about 20 minutes.

  7. Sherry Compton says:

    I’ve heard of these but never had them. I like how much tomato sauce you have cooked around it. I bet it’s really good over plain rice.

  8. Erin Knack says:

    These look so good! I have never heard of these before but I must make them. Plus, my kids would love the name!

  9. I’ve never heard of these before, and now I’m so hungry, they look so good! I like the combination of ingredients in this recipe, some real flavor. I love rice, and adore meatballs, I’d like to try it!!

  10. Michelle F. says:

    That looks so good. Love ground meat with some rice.

  11. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This sounds like a delicious recipe . I like how the rice sticks out which is why you call them porcupine meatballs. I would definitely use Worchesh.ire sauce rather than A1

  12. I had never heard of porcupine meatballs before reading about it here. I’d love to try making this with chicken or turkey meat. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  13. M.Clark says:

    I love these meatballs, they’re great with rice, I’d love to try them with spaghetti. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  14. With a few exceptions, it almost sounds like the ground beef mixture used for stuffed peppers. This doesn’t sound bad, I’ve never tried it before.

  15. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These sound so good. I have not made these in years. Thank you so much for sharing

  16. i have been looking for this recipe, i just didnt know whaat it wa called. thank u sso much know i can make it for my family they have been asking for thi for a log time and your recipe sounds like it will be more tastey.

  17. This is such a great recipe. My family just loves it. It is one of their favorites. Thank you again for sharing

  18. Cynthia Seppala says:

    Wow this sounds so good. Something all of my family would enjoy. Thanks for the fun, yummy recipe.

  19. We really like meatballs. They are so versatile. You can use them alone, with pasta or even sandwiches. I like your version, it looks tasty and it looks easy.

  20. We love meatballs. I never thought of using rice, but wow, it sure looks good. This is one to try!

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