Southwestern Meatballs

Southwestern Meatballs
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Southwestern Meatballs

Beth Velatini

Southwestern Meatballs

Since I love all things spicy, I decided to make Southwestern meatballs. A healthy dose of serrano peppers gives some serious kick. Be careful with them, though — they are typically about five times hotter than jalapeños! I had my balls with some whole-wheat pasta and marinara sauce. Try these for a quick and easy meal or serve these at your next party.


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.

Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a small pot, heat the marinara sauce over medium heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

Add the ground beef, chiles, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, and cumin to the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and pulse to combine. (Don't overmix or the meatballs will be tough.) Take the mixture and form into about 32 meatballs.

Coat a nonstick pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Cook until seared nicely and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with the pasta and marinara sauce.


Calories per serving:

184 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 8g 13%
  • Carbs 16g 5%
  • Saturated 3g 14%
  • Fiber 1g 4%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 11g 23%
  • Cholesterol 33mg 11%
  • Sodium 97mg 4%
  • Calcium 35mg 4%
  • Magnesium 37mg 9%
  • Potassium 266mg 8%
  • Iron 2mg 9%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 130mg 19%
  • Vitamin A 8µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 7%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 5%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 17%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 19µg 5%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 7%
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