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Meatball Chili Recipe Is a Tasty Twist on a Comfort Classic + It’s Less Than $2 a Serving

Cook along with our video to see how easy it is to make homemade meatballs for this new-fashioned chili

A big pot of chili is perfect for feeding a gang of people, for game day — or any time! But sometimes you want something a little more surprising to tantalize your taste buds. For our Meatball Chili recipe, instead of simply browning the beef as usual, we form it into tender spiced-right orbs of deliciousness. Best of all, this dish is super-simple to put together — and costs just $1.66 a serving.

Let’s face it, store-bought meatballs are convenient. But it’s so easy to make your own. And it’s fun to customize them with other ingredients. For a fiery kick, we stir some of the chili powder that’s essential in the sauce right into the meat mixture. You can also add ground cumin, chopped sun-dried tomatoes or fresh herbs. To make the balls, try wetting your hands to prevent sticking. Watch how easy it is by following along with our video. Then give this Chili Meatballs recipe a try and send us a comment below. Plus, click through for more fun meatball recipes.


4 serving

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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ¼ cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimentos, drained
  • Fresh cilantro and lime wedges


In bowl, combine beef, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, 1 tsp. chili powder and salt. Shape into 16 meatballs. Coat 12" nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add meatballs; cook, turning, until browned, 7–8 min. Remove meatballs; drain fat from skillet.

Return meatballs to skillet; add beans, tomato sauce, corn and remaining 1 tsp. chili powder. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; cook meatballs until no longer pink in centers, about 10 min. Sprinkle with pimentos. Garnish with cilantro and limes.


  • Calories: 397
  • Fat: 16 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 6 gram
  • Protein: 32 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 32 gram
  • Fiber: 8 gram
  • Cholesterol: 116 mg
  • Sugar: 6 gram
  • Sodium: 1022 mg
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