A classic weeknight recipe, these spicy baked meatballs are tasty, quick, and very easy to make. They are truly spicy, so use less red pepper flakes if you don’t like too much heat in your food.
These spicy baked meatballs are wonderful, and I make them quite often for my family. But beware – they truly are spicy! If you’re not into super-spicy food, try using just 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes in the beef mixture.
An easy weeknight recipe
I like making these spicy baked meatballs because I can shape them in advance and bake them just before dinner. They’re easy and delicious. And they go great with any side dish. They’re truly a classic weeknight recipe. SO EASY!
I’m always on the lookout for truly easy weeknight recipes, and these spicy baked meatballs certainly fit the bill. When I want to make life especially easy, I serve these meatballs with a quick salad (this tomato salad is very good), or with the easiest of cooked side dishes – microwave broccoli.
What beef to use in these spicy baked meatballs?
I almost always use lean ground beef (85/15) in this recipe. Extra lean beef works too, but it’s not as flavorful. When all I have is extra lean ground beef, I like to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture to keep it nice and juicy.
Keep in mind that although the topic is still controversial, more and more research shows that saturated fat is not harmful. So extra lean ground beef isn’t necessarily healthier than lean ground beef.
What about leftovers?
If you have leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for 3-4 days, in a sealed container. Reheat them in the microwave on 50% power, or enjoy them cold. I like to make myself a lunch plate of cold leftover spicy baked meatballs, fresh cut veggies, and quick pickles.
Spicy Baked Meatballs
- 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, use clean hands to mix together all the ingredients.
- Shape into 24 meatballs, each weighing about 20 grams.
- Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.