Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

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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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  • 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



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

  • juice ½ lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

For the meatballs

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



    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

    sp-ring un-yun

    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…


  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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17th Jan, 2018
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.
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.
17th Mar, 2017
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!
24th Feb, 2017
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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23rd Feb, 2017
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.
3rd Aug, 2016
Made this for dinner today loved it
30th Jul, 2016
The recipe is nice and easy to make. I used a red pepper instead of yellow. I halved the amount of meat, and porridge oats but kept quantities for veg and spices the same. It made 3 generous portions. I used sambal oelek instead of chipotle pasted which I couldn't find anywhere I don't think it's much used in the Netherlands. Also used chicken mince because I couldn't find turkey mince. I ate the chilli with a spelt bun cut in slices and I used half a avocado for one portion. Also had it he next day cold for lunch which was nice too. Next time though I'll use beef mince because I didn't really like the chicken mince. Furthermore I think it's nice to have some sour cream with it. For lunch I combined it with some of the guacamole from the lighter chicken taco recipe on this site.
24th Jul, 2016
The recipe was nice but I'm not sure if I'll make it again. Or perhaps with some changes. I used the same amount of spices and vegetables but about half the amount of meat which makes 3 generous portions. I had some spelt bread with it. There was no turkey mince available so I used organic chicken mince. Also no chipotle in the Netherlands so used sambal oelek instead (1tablespoon). I think that I would prefer beef mince or even falafel. The taste of chicken mince wasn't really to my liking. Some sour cream on the site would also be nice.
10th May, 2016
Tasty recipe: as someone suggested, I doubled the spices to make it a bit hotter. If you find having meat, beans, and avocado a bit heavy all in one dish - I left out the beans and instead added much more veg (2 red onions, 4 bell peppers, 1 large courgette, 1 box of chestnut mushrooms), and it was great.
1st May, 2016
Delicious - such a tasty combination of flavours! Served it with couscous


30th Apr, 2018
Is this meal OK to freeze?
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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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