Toasted Mexi Meatball Hoagies

Toasted Mexi Meatball Hoagies

Make south-of-the-border style meatballs and a zesty ranch sauce for this knife and fork sandwich.

  • Minutes Prep Time
  • Minutes Total
  • 4 Recipe Yield
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray large cookie sheet with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray, or grease with shortening. Remove dough from both cans; place seam side down and 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Cut 4 or 5 diagonal slashes (1/2-inch deep) with sharp knife on top of each loaf. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool slightly while preparing meatballs, about 25 minutes.
  • Spread the oil in bottom of 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the taco seasoning mix for sauce; place remaining seasoning mix in large bowl. Add remaining meatball ingredients; mix well. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls; place in baking dish. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, turning meatballs once halfway through baking, until meat thermometer inserted in center of meatballs reads 160°F.
  • Meanwhile, in food processor, place all sauce ingredients; process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Set oven control to broil. Cut each loaf in half horizontally, cutting to but not completely through one long side; place cut side up on cookie sheet. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or just until lightly toasted.
  • Spread 1/4 cup sauce on each toasted cut side. Spoon hot meatballs evenly onto bottom halves of loaf. Top evenly with toppings. Drizzle with remaining sauce. If desired, close sandwiches. Cut each sandwich in half. Serve immediately.


  • 2 cans (11 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crusty French loaf


  • 2 tablespoons CRISCO® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 1 LAND O LAKES® Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ garlic herb bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper sauce


  • 1 1/4 cups ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Reserved 1 teaspoon Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix


  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (2 small)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

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