Mexican Meatballs in Chilli Con Carne

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recipe by Tenina Holder

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A simple recipe for really delicious family food. Perfect for cold nights when you just want to get stuck into something hearty and warming. The meatballs on their own make a wonderful appetizer with a salsa, and the chili can be served on its own as a vegetarian option.

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recipe updated May 14, 2020


  • Onion icon
    1 (140g)
  • Fresh chili icon
    Fresh chili
    2 (40g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    1 (150g)
  • Tomato icon
    400g (about 2¾)
  • Zucchini icon
    1 (195g)
  • Canned red kidney beans icon
    Canned red kidney beans
    400g (about 1½ cups)
  • Canned borlotti beans icon
    Canned borlotti beans
    400g (about 1)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    about ½ cup (31g)
  • Cilantro icon
    about ½ cup (14g)
  • Ground beef icon
    Ground beef
    4½ cups
  • Egg icon
    2 (100g)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    4 tsp (8g)
  • Dried oregano icon
    Dried oregano
    2 tsp (1g)
  • Garlic powder icon
    Garlic powder
    1 tsp (3g)
  • Paprika icon
    1 tsp (2g)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    2 tsp (13g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    1 pinch
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    as needed
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    44ml (3 tbsp)
  • Tomato paste icon
    Tomato paste
    70g (about 4¼ tbsp)
  • Umami paste icon
    Umami paste
    2 tbsp (35g)
  • Corn kernels icon
    Corn kernels
    200g (about 1⅛ cups)


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  • kCook icon TM5
  • kCook icon Varoma dish
  • kCook icon Tm5 bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Frying pan

Step preview

  1. Add fresh parsley and cilantro to the TM5 bowl
  2. Fit TM5 bowl to TM5
  3. Chop - approx 5 sec, speed 6
  4. Transfer content of TM5 bowl to small bowl
  5. Add ground beef, egg, ground cumin, dried oregano, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, black pepper and extra virgin olive oil to a clean large mixing bowl
  6. Transfer half of herbs to large mixing bowl
  7. Shape into balls
  8. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to varoma dish
  9. Add onion, garlic clove, fresh chili and red bell pepper to the TM5 bowl
  10. Chop - approx 5 sec, speed 5
  11. Then add extra virgin olive oil to the TM5 bowl
  12. Sauté - approx 5 min, varoma, speed 1
  13. Then add tomato to the TM5 bowl
  14. Chop - approx 10 sec, speed 5
  15. Then add tomato paste, umami paste, ground cumin, dried oregano and zucchini to the TM5 bowl
  16. Steam balls - approx 15 min, varoma, reverse speed 3
  17. Add canned red kidney beans, canned borlotti beans and corn kernels to the TM5 bowl
  18. Stir
  19. Steam - approx 5 min, varoma, reverse speed 3
  20. Heat extra virgin olive oil to a clean frying pan
  21. Transfer balls to meat
  22. Fry in frying pan until browned - 5 min, medium heat
  23. Transfer content of TM5 bowl to 4 large serving bowls
  24. Transfer meat to 4 large serving bowls
  25. Transfer herbs to 4 large serving bowls
  26. Serve
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