Spicy Meatballs
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Spicy Meatballs

Spicy meatballs are boldly flavored with garlic, cumin, paprika and cayenne. The sauce is awesome, so serve these meatballs over rice or cauliflower rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword gluten free, meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 315kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 26 oz Pomi chopped tomatoes, or two 15 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained


  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 650mg | Fiber: 3g