Meatballs in a spicy black bean sauce

Surprise and delight your family and friends with this healthy Mexican inspired meatball meal.

TIME TO MAKE30 - 45 mins
TIME TO MAKE30 - 45 mins


  1. Put mince, onion, breadcrumbs and coriander into a mixing bowl and season with pepper. Mix in beaten egg to bind the mixture together

  2. Roll into 16 small balls (having wet hands is easier). Place meatballs on a tray and refrigerate for 10 minutes

  3. Heat oil in a lidded frying pan. Brown meatballs over a high heat. Remove from pan and set aside

  4. Reduce the pan heat. Add onion, garlic, red capsicum and celery. Cook over a low heat until vegetables soften. Add chilli flakes and stir in tomato paste

  5. Add Wattie’s Black Beans. Pour over Wattie’s Mexican Style Tomatoes. Bring sauce to the boil. Add browned meatballs. Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for 30 minutes until meatballs are cooked

  6. Serve over cooked brown rice and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with steamed green beans


Adding black beans to this meatball dish, makes this Mexican inspired meal go further


Recipe thanks to Wattie's

  • 400 g
    Quality Mark lean beef mince
  • ½ 
    onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup
    fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp
    coriander, chopped
  • egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp
    olive oil
  • red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • red capsicum, deseeded, diced
  • celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp
    tomato paste, reduced-salt
  • ¼ tsp
    chilli flakes
  • 400 g
    Wattie's Black Beans , drained
  • 400 g
    Wattie’s Mexican Style Tomatoes
  • 2 cups
    brown rice, cooked
  • 300 g
    green beans, sliced, steamed
    fresh coriander, extra for garnish
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