Southwestern Meatballs

Southwestern Meatballs
Beth Velatini


  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4 cup  whole-wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup  marinara sauce
  • 3/4 pounds  ground sirloin
  • serrano chiles, seeded
  • onion, chopped
  • cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup  panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cumin
  •   Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil

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, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 67g 103%
  • Carbs 130g 43%
  • Saturated 22g 111%
  • Fiber 8g 31%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 15g
  • Monounsaturated 32g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 92g 183%
  • Cholesterol 268mg 89%
  • Sodium 779mg 32%
  • Calcium 282mg 28%
  • Magnesium 294mg 73%
  • Potassium 2,128mg 61%
  • Iron 13mg 72%
  • Zinc 16mg 105%
  • Phosphorus 1,037mg 148%
  • Vitamin A 65µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 32mg 53%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 59%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 36%
  • Niacin (B3) 34mg 170%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 138%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 155µg 39%
  • Vitamin B12 4µg 63%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 34%
  • Vitamin K 42µg 52%
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