One-Pan Chilli Con Carne Meatballs

Experience the bold and comforting flavors of One-Pan Chilli Con Carne Meatballs, a delicious twist on a classic dish where tender meatballs are simmered in a rich and spicy chili sauce. Perfect for a satisfying meal with minimal cleanup.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for cooking)

For the Chili Sauce:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked rice or warm tortillas, for serving


1. Prepare the Meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, minced garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Shape the mixture into meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.

2. Cook the Meatballs:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the meatballs in a single layer and cook for about 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides.
  3. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.

3. Prepare the Chili Sauce:

  1. In the same skillet, add chopped onion and diced red bell pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook for another 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, diced tomatoes (with juices), and kidney beans.
  4. Add beef or vegetable broth, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.

4. Simmer the Meatballs:

  1. Return the meatballs to the skillet, nestling them into the chili sauce.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

5. Serve:

  1. Serve the One-Pan Chilli Con Carne Meatballs hot.
  2. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.
  3. Serve over cooked rice or with warm tortillas for a complete meal.

Enjoy the hearty and flavorful One-Pan Chilli Con Carne Meatballs with its rich chili sauce and tender meatballs!

Cooking Tips:

  • Adjust the spiciness by adding more or less chili powder.
  • For a thicker sauce, let the mixture simmer uncovered for a few extra minutes.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Ground Beef: High in protein and essential nutrients.
  • Beans: Excellent source of fiber and plant-based protein.
  • Tomatoes and Peppers: Provide vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and flavor.

Dietary Information:

  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or omit breadcrumbs.
  • Dairy-Free: Yes
  • Nut-Free: Yes

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • It’s a complete meal in one pan, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Bursting with bold flavors and hearty textures, satisfying any craving for comfort food.
  • Easy to customize with your favorite toppings or side dishes.


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