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Tuna Balls in Salsa Verde, or Bolitas de Atún en Salsa Verde. Easy, cheap, and delicious. by Mama Maggie's Kitchen
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Tuna Balls in Salsa Verde (or Bolitas de Atún en Salsa Verde)

Easy-to-make, cheap, and yummy. Serve as an appetizer or quick lunch. It is always a winner with kids and moms alike.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 456kcal


  • 2 cans of tuna in water drained
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 jalapeño finely minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Non-stick spray
  • 1 cup Salsa Verde


  • Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
  • Combine tuna, breadcrumbs, jalapeño, egg, cilantro, onion, salt and pepper.
  • Form into 1-inch balls.
  • If needed, add more breadcrumbs.
  • Add non-stick spray to a baking sheet.
  • Add balls to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 minutes.
  • (If freezing, put into a plastic bag until ready to use).
  • Transfer meatballs to a large skillet.
  • Add salsa verde.
  • On low heat, cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Enjoy!


Serve as an appetizer or quick lunch.
They go in the oven on a baking sheet and done in no time.
Stick them in a resealable plastic bag and place them in the fridge (or freezer) and take them out when when needed.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1660mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 6mg