Beef and Chilli Meatballs in a Tomato and Wine sauce.

Details:     Prep Time = 20 minutes.    Cooking Time =  5-7 hrs    Serves =4

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I planned on making  vegetarian wraps today. However my Mother in Law appeared with a large  beef mince that she got on a 3 for 2 offer. How could I refuse that.  As I have only one meatball recipe so far I created this one and it was delicious.

In my wisdom as there was 725g of mince. I decided two hot bird eye chillies would be better than my usual 1 the kids can handle it easy. My 6 yr old was so excited she loves meatballs within 2 mouthfuls she was in floods of tears its ‘its to spicy Mommy, its too spicy’ bless her. Oh the guilt ‘mommy I really want meatballs but can you remove the spice’. I added tomato ketchup and cut her meatballs up mixed it all up and she ate the lot. unbelievably.

My 3 yr old, well he just watched this unfold bemused piling his dinner in totally unaffected by the spice.  However  as soon as the tomato ketchup came out he wanted it to like his big sister.

I have to say it was very spicy I used two chillies with seeds. Normally if i’m cooking for the kids I’d deseed  them or just pop a few seeds in.

Anyhow adjust it to your level of spice.  I would recommend just one bird eye chilli with seeds if you can handle a little heat. If you don’t like heat 1 deseeded chill for that fresh bite.


NB when preparing ingredients those in the same colour can be mixed in the same bowl as they are used in the cooking process at the same time. Those in black are to remain separate.


  • 725g Minced Beef.Meatballs
  • 1 Small onion chopped finley.
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg.
  • 1 Bird eye chilli chopped finley. (I used two, but I love spice poor kids needed tomato sauce to eat it)
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped finley.
  • 1 medium carrot grated.
  • 1 tbsp of Oil to cook, May need more less use as little as you can.


  • 1  Small Onion Chopped finely.Meatballs 1
  • 1 Cloves Garlic Smashed and Chopped Roughly.
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Basil. chopped roughly.
  • 50 ml Dry White Wine.
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree.
  • 400g Tinned  Tomatoes. 1 can.
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil.
  • Fresh Basil Leave to serve.


Always lightly oil the Hot Pot before use this helps with cleaning and preservation of the Hot Pot.


  1. Pop the beef, onion, nutmeg, chilli, garlic, carrot and season into a mixing bowl. Using your fingers mix this really evenly.
  2. Now start to create your balls you will make 20 meatballs with this mixture. About 1.5 inches in size squeeze them well pushing larger onion chunks into the middle.
  3. Heat the oil in a large heavy sided frying pan medium high heat, Add the meat balls one by one and when you add the last one go back to the start and turn them over keep doing this until browned on all sides (remember we are not using anything to bind once browned these are sturdy meatballs before they can be delicate.) With a slotted spoon pop them in the pot and turn on low.


  1. Clean out the fat from the pan with a slice of bread(diet permitting) leaving a sm amount of oil to fry the onions in (put the the bread out for the birds they love fat bread). See here for more info
  2. Heat the remaining oil fry the onions until soft add the garlic, basil leaves and keep moving for about a minute.  Now add the wine, tomato puree, tomatoes and dried basil. bring to the boil and pour over the meat balls in the pot.

I served this with tagliatelle. Any pasta would be great or rice. Also it would be nice to add frozen peas to the mix for the last 10 minutes before serving.

enjoy…..pls rate this recipe after you have done….thank you.

NB: This is posted under Milk/Egg/Soya/Gluten free.

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