Delicious Spicy Meatballs

These delicious, middle-eastern-style spicy meatballs are boldly flavored with garlic, cumin, paprika and cayenne.


Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Yield: 4 servings


Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 26 oz Pomi chopped tomatoes (or two 15 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained)
  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Prepare the tomato sauce: In a wide, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the spices and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, 10 minutes, while you’re preparing the meatballs.
  2. Prepare the meatballs: In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix the meat and the spices. Divide into 24 equal portions (each weighs about 20 grams) and shape into small, 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then lower heat back to medium-low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 315; Fat: 20g; Carbohydrates: 9g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 650mg;Fiber: 3g; Protein: 22g;

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