Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

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(45 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 4
Give your favourite meatballs a healthy makeover with this low fat, low calorie, low GI recipe with turkey mince, black beans and avocado

Nutrition and extra info

  • without avocado
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal376
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre10g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 large yellow pepper, quartered, deseeded and diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2-3 tsp chipotle chilli paste
  • 300ml reduced-salt chicken stock
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 400g can black beans or red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 avocado, stoned, peeled and chopped
    Avocado

    Avocado

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    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • juice ½ lime
    Lime

    Lime

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    The same shape, but smaller than…

For the meatballs

  • 500g pack turkey breast mince
  • 50g porridge oats
    Two piles of oats

    Oats

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    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • small bunch coriander, chopped, stalks and leaves kept separate
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

Method

  1. First make the meatballs. Tip the mince into a bowl, add the oats, spring onions, spices and the coriander stalks, then lightly knead the ingredients together until well mixed. Shape into 12 ping-pong- sized balls. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the meatballs and cook, turning them frequently, until golden. Remove from the pan.

  2. Tip the onion and garlic into the pan with the pepper and stir-fry until softened. Stir in the cumin and chilli paste, then pour in the stock. Return the meatballs to the pan and cook, covered, over a low heat for 10 mins. Stir in the tomatoes and beans, and cook, uncovered, for a few mins more. Toss the avocado chunks in the lime juice and serve the meatballs topped with the avocado and coriander leaves.

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Recipefinders
25th Aug, 2018
1.05
Turkey meatballs melt in your mouth in an unappealing way. Not good at all... I'm surprised by the very good rating this recipe has received.
Dwyatt
23rd Jul, 2018
5.05
All of the ingredients and flavours complement each other beautifully. It doesn't look like much on your plate, but it's surprisingly filling. It did however, take me much longer than 45 minutes to make.
siany1
13th Jul, 2018
5.05
Delicious - a hit! I am so glad I stumbled across this recipe. I increased quanitities slightly to feed a larger number of people, and didn't hold back on the chipolte paste as we like spicy food. I also added both kidney and black beans. Cook the meat balls on a low gas so they cook slowly and don't catch.
Emycakes
14th Jun, 2018
So I used black beans that I soaked in water over night, so far we are on over 40 minutes simmering the sauce and beans are not edible!!
Roubaix
17th Jan, 2018
5.05
I have used this recipe a few times now as it is and find it delicious and very satisfying. Usually serve it with tagliatelle and it goes down a treat with my family.
niamh.b.kane@gm...
29th Mar, 2017
Made this last week for 2 (split the quantities), changed the black beans for a small tin of chilli kidney beans and increased the spices to give a bit more kick. Will add a chilli the next time as we like our spicy food, really spicy! Cooked for slightly too long as the centre of the meatballs was starting to go dry so would reduce the cooking time slightly.
bekah_p
17th Mar, 2017
5.05
One of the best recipes I've made in a while. I didn't have lime or avocado in so ommited these. I didn't use porridge oats instead I grated half a red onion and a carrot and mixed them into the turkey mince - I find it keeps the meatballs nice and juicy. I served it with brown rice very tasty!
colabunny
24th Feb, 2017
5.05
This was lovely and I'd definitely make it again. Only comment is that 12 meatballs out of 500g mince makes enormous meatballs - I made them much smaller which makes the recipe go much further.
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mo_cat
23rd Feb, 2017
4.05
Made this last night for 4 adults. Delicious! I chose rice over couscous and used red kidney beans. I didn't have any chipotle paste in so as a substitute used a red chilli, smoked paprika and tomato puree. It was fairly spicy but suited us. I put a pot of sour cream on the table just in case and it made a good accompaniment to the dish.
Kisso85
3rd Aug, 2016
5.05
Made this for dinner today loved it

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thegwa
30th Apr, 2018
Is this meal OK to freeze?
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goodfoodteam
30th Apr, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can freeze this once cooked but without the avocado. For freezing information on our recipes, take a look for the blue star above the nutritional figures.
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