"Cooking and creating new recipes is a favorite pastime of mine. As a matter of fact, this is an original recipe, which earned my first place in the Wisconsin Beef Cookoff some years ago. - Lynn Ireland, Lebanon, Wisconsin"
In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large saucepan, brown meatballs; drain. Add the picante sauce, corn, beans, tomatoes and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
To make dry bread crumbs, arrange bread slices, on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees F until completely dry and golden; cool. Place in a resealable plastic bag; crush with a rolling pin. Season with salt, pepper and dried herbs if desired. One slice of bread yields about 1/3 cup dry crumbs.