Sweet Chili Meatballs

Get ready to rock your taste buds with my Sweet Chili Meatballs! 🎉 Tender beef, spices, and a hint of garlic and onion mingle together in these juicy meatballs, baked to perfection. Drizzle on that sweet chili sauce for a flavor explosion that'll have you coming back for more! Let's dive into meatball heaven together! 😋🍴
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Hey there, fellow foodies! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you this fantastic recipe: Sweet Chili Meatballs! 🌶️ There’s just something magical about these juicy, flavor-packed meatballs that never fails to put a smile on my face. Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for a quick weeknight dinner, or simply craving a savory snack, these babies are guaranteed to hit the spot. So grab your apron and let’s dive into the deliciousness together!

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What you’ll need to make Sweet Chili Meatballs

Serves 4

  • 1 lb. (450g) lean ground beef, 5% fat
  • 1 egg
  • sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 1⁄2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. onion powder
  • 4 fl oz. (120ml) Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce (Get the recipe here)

Let’s talk about the stars of the show: our key ingredients that bring this recipe to life! First up, we’ve got lean ground beef, the hearty foundation of our meatballs, adding that satisfying texture and meaty flavor. Then, there’s the egg, our trusty binding agent, ensuring our meatballs hold together perfectly. We can’t forget about the sea salt and black pepper, adding just the right amount of seasoning to elevate the flavors. And of course, we’ve got a sprinkle of garlic powder and onion powder, because let’s face it – everything’s better with a hint of garlic and onion!

Last but certainly not least, we’ve got that irresistible Sweet Chili Sauce, the sweet and tangy kicker that takes these meatballs from delicious to downright irresistible. With each ingredient playing its part, it’s no wonder these Sweet Chili Meatballs are a crowd favorite! – Get recipe for this homemade sweet chili sauce, here.

What you’ll need to do

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 25 mins

Alrighty, let’s get this meatball party started! First up, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and grab your trusty baking sheet. Line it with parchment paper so those meatballs don’t stick.

Now, in a big ol’ bowl, toss in your ground beef, crack that egg, and sprinkle in some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix it all up until it’s like a happy meatball family reunion in there. Then, start rolling that mixture into cute little walnut-sized balls and plop ’em onto your baking sheet.

Pop that baking sheet into the oven and let those babies bake for about 20-25 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they’re nice and cooked through, like little flavor bombs of joy.

Once they’re done, scoop those meatballs into a bowl and drizzle on that sweet chili sauce like it’s the icing on the cake. Give ’em a good toss so every meatball gets coated in that sweet, tangy goodness.

Sweet Chili Meatballs

And there you have it, folks! Sweet chili meatballs hot out of the oven and ready to party in your mouth. Enjoy!

Some possible substitution and improvisation ideas for the recipe

Here are some fun and tasty substitution and improvisation ideas for your Sweet Chili Meatballs recipe:

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Ground Meat Alternatives:

  • Swap out the lean ground beef for ground turkey or chicken if you’re looking for a lighter option.
  • Try ground pork for a richer, more indulgent flavor.
  • For a plant-based twist, use a meatless ground beef substitute.

Spice It Up:

  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the meat mixture for an extra kick.
  • Substitute the garlic powder and onion powder with fresh minced garlic and finely chopped onions for a more robust flavor.

Sauce Variations:

  • Experiment with different sauces like teriyaki, BBQ, or even a tangy honey mustard for a new flavor profile.
  • For a homemade touch, make your own sweet chili sauce by combining honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a touch of sriracha.

Herbs and Seasonings:

  • Toss in some fresh herbs like chopped cilantro, parsley, or basil to add a burst of freshness.
  • Try adding a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce to the meat mixture for an extra umami boost.

Texture Enhancers:

  • Mix in some breadcrumbs or grated Parmesan cheese to the meat mixture for added texture and flavor.
  • Add finely chopped veggies like bell peppers, carrots, or zucchini to sneak in some extra nutrients and a bit of crunch.

Serving Ideas:

  • Serve the meatballs over a bed of steamed rice or noodles for a complete meal.
  • Make meatball subs with toasted rolls, a sprinkle of cheese, and extra sweet chili sauce for a fun twist.
  • Add the meatballs to a salad for a protein-packed lunch.

Feel free to get creative and make this recipe your own! The beauty of cooking is that you can always tweak and adjust to suit your tastes and preferences. Happy experimenting!

Sweet Chili Meatballs

Some useful tips for the recipe

Here are some useful tips to ensure your Sweet Chili Meatballs turn out perfectly:

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Don’t Overmix:

  • When combining the ground beef with the egg and seasonings, be gentle. Overmixing can make the meatballs tough instead of tender.

Uniform Size:

  • Make sure your meatballs are all roughly the same size to ensure even cooking. Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon can help keep them consistent.

Chill the Mixture:

  • If you have time, let the meatball mixture chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before shaping. This makes the mixture easier to handle and helps the meatballs hold their shape better.

Use Wet Hands:

  • Keep a bowl of water nearby and wet your hands slightly when forming the meatballs. This prevents the mixture from sticking to your hands and makes the process smoother.

Check for Seasoning:

  • Cook a small piece of the meat mixture in a skillet before forming all the meatballs. This way, you can taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Line the Baking Sheet:

  • Using parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your baking sheet prevents the meatballs from sticking and makes cleanup a breeze.

Don’t Overcrowd:

  • Arrange the meatballs with some space between them on the baking sheet. This allows heat to circulate evenly around each meatball, ensuring they cook thoroughly.

Internal Temperature:

  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 160°F (71°C) to ensure they’re cooked through.

Sauce Tossing:

  • For an even coating of sweet chili sauce, place the meatballs in a bowl and pour the sauce over them while they are still hot. Gently toss them to ensure each meatball gets a good coating.

Serving Fresh:

  • If you’re not serving the meatballs immediately, keep them warm in a low oven or a slow cooker until you’re ready to serve.


  • These meatballs freeze well! After baking, let them cool completely and then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. They can be reheated directly from frozen in the oven or microwave.

These tips should help you make the most delicious and perfectly cooked Sweet Chili Meatballs every time!

Some serving suggestions

Here are some serving suggestions to make your Sweet Chili Meatballs even more enjoyable:

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Over Rice:

  • Serve the meatballs over a bed of steamed white rice, jasmine rice, or brown rice. The rice will soak up the extra sweet chili sauce, making each bite deliciously flavorful.


  • Pair the meatballs with your favorite noodles, such as rice noodles, spaghetti, or even soba noodles. Toss the noodles with a bit of extra sweet chili sauce for a cohesive dish.

As an Appetizer:

  • Arrange the meatballs on a platter with toothpicks for easy grabbing. They make a perfect party appetizer. Add a small bowl of extra sweet chili sauce for dipping.

Meatball Subs:

  • Stuff the meatballs into hoagie rolls or sub buns, top with a little extra sweet chili sauce, and some shredded cheese. Toast the subs until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Salad Topping:

  • Add the meatballs to a fresh salad. Combine mixed greens, cucumber, shredded carrots, and bell peppers, then drizzle with a bit of sweet chili sauce or a complementary dressing.

With Veggie Stir-Fry:

  • Serve the meatballs alongside a colorful vegetable stir-fry. The crunchy veggies and the sweet chili meatballs make a delightful combo.

On a Skewer:

  • Thread the meatballs onto skewers with chunks of pineapple, bell peppers, and red onions. Grill or bake the skewers for a fun, tropical twist.

In a Wrap:

  • Use the meatballs as a filling for wraps or tortillas. Add some lettuce, sliced cucumbers, and a drizzle of extra sweet chili sauce, then roll it up for a tasty handheld meal.

With Mashed Potatoes:

  • Serve the meatballs with creamy mashed potatoes and steamed veggies on the side for a comforting, hearty meal.


  • Make meatball tacos! Place the meatballs in soft or hard taco shells and top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a sprinkle of cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream or guacamole for extra flavor.

In Soup:

  • Add the meatballs to a simple broth-based soup with vegetables and noodles for a comforting bowl of goodness.
Sweet Chili Meatballs

These serving suggestions will help you enjoy your Sweet Chili Meatballs in a variety of delicious ways!

Some storage suggestions

Here are some practical storage suggestions to ensure your Sweet Chili Meatballs stay fresh and tasty:

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Refrigerator Storage:

Cool Completely:

  • Let the meatballs cool completely at room temperature before storing them. This prevents condensation, which can lead to sogginess.

Airtight Containers:

  • Store the meatballs in an airtight container to maintain their moisture and prevent them from absorbing other fridge odors.

Label and Date:

  • If you make a large batch, label the container with the date. Meatballs can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer Storage:

Flash Freeze:

  • Arrange the cooled meatballs on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze them for 1-2 hours. This prevents them from sticking together.

Transfer to Freezer Bags:

  • Once the meatballs are flash-frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.

Label and Date:

  • Clearly label the bags or containers with the date. Frozen meatballs can be stored for up to 3 months.

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Refrigerator Meatballs:

  • Microwave: Place the meatballs on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a microwave-safe lid or paper towel, and heat in 30-second intervals until warmed through.
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), place the meatballs in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and heat for about 15-20 minutes or until hot.

Frozen Meatballs:

  • Microwave: Defrost the meatballs in the microwave on the defrost setting, then heat as described above.
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the frozen meatballs in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  • Stovetop: Heat a skillet over medium heat, add a bit of sauce or broth to prevent sticking, and cook the meatballs, turning occasionally, until they’re hot all the way through.

Serving Suggestions for Leftovers:

  • Meatball Sandwich: Warm up the meatballs and put them in a sandwich with some fresh veggies and cheese.
  • Meatball Pasta: Toss the reheated meatballs with your favorite pasta and sauce.
  • Meatball Salad: Add reheated meatballs to a fresh salad for a protein boost.

These storage tips will help you keep your Sweet Chili Meatballs fresh and delicious, ready to enjoy at a later time!

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And there you have it, folks – my mouthwatering Sweet Chili Meatballs recipe! 🎉 I hope you enjoyed cooking up a storm with me as much as I enjoyed sharing this recipe with you. Remember, cooking is all about having fun, getting creative, and most importantly, enjoying the delicious results. So whip up a batch of these meatballs, gather your loved ones, and let the good times roll! Until next time, happy cooking and bon appétit! 🍽️😋

Glycemic index: 45 (low) Glycemic load: 7 (low)

Sweet Chili Meatballs

Craving a flavor-packed meal? Look no further than my Sweet Chili Meatballs recipe! 🌶️ With just a handful of ingredients and a dash of love, you'll whip up these irresistible meatballs in no time. Bake 'em up until golden brown, then smother 'em in sweet chili sauce for a spicy-sweet kick that'll have your taste buds dancing! Who's hungry? 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 35 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Cooking Temp: 400  °F Servings: 4 Estimated Cost: 10 Calories: 238



  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Step 2:

    In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder until well combined. Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Step 3:

    Place the baking sheet into the hot oven and bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.

  4. Step 4:

    Transfer the meatballs to a serving bowl and toss with the sweet chili sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 238kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.4g20%
Sodium 529mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%
Dietary Fiber 1.32g6%
Sugars 10.86g
Protein 24.17g49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use a different type of ground meat?

Absolutely! You can substitute the lean ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, pork, or even a meatless ground beef alternative for a different twist.

How can I make the meatballs gluten-free?

The recipe is naturally gluten-free, but if you want to be extra cautious, make sure your sweet chili sauce and any seasonings you use are certified gluten-free.

Can I prepare the meatballs ahead of time?

Yes! You can mix and shape the meatballs a day in advance and store them in the fridge. When you're ready to cook, just pop them in the oven as directed.

How do I know when the meatballs are fully cooked?

The meatballs should be cooked through and no longer pink in the center. If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 160°F (71°C).

Can I freeze the cooked meatballs?

Yes, you can freeze the cooked meatballs. Let them cool completely, then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. They can be stored for up to 3 months.

What can I serve with Sweet Chili Meatballs?

These meatballs are versatile! Serve them over rice, noodles, in a sub roll, on a salad, or as a party appetizer with toothpicks. They pair well with steamed veggies, stir-fried vegetables, or a fresh side salad.

Can I use fresh garlic and onions instead of powder?

Absolutely! Substitute the garlic powder with 2-3 minced garlic cloves and the onion powder with about 1/4 cup of finely chopped onions for a fresher flavor

How spicy is the sweet chili sauce?

Sweet chili sauce typically has a mild to moderate spice level with a sweet, tangy flavor. If you prefer more heat, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce.

Can I make my own sweet chili sauce?

Yes! Homemade sweet chili sauce can be made with ingredients like honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and a bit of sriracha or chili flakes. Check out my sweet chili sauce recipe in the pack for a homemade version!

How do I store leftover meatballs?

Store leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop.

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