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Spicy Italian Meatballs - Madness Style - Recipe

Our spicy Italian meatball recipe that uses ground beef and pork along with cayenne and sweet Italian peppers for loads of traditional flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meatballs, spicy
Servings: 16
Calories: 183kcal


  • 1 pound pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 roasted Italian sweet peppers a large red bell is fine as well, chopped
  • 2 roasted cayenne peppers chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 tablespoon spicy chili powder
  • 4-5 large basil leaves chopped
  • 12 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil as needed


  • Heat a large pan to medium heat and add onion and peppers with a bit of olive oil. Cook about 5 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and stir. Cook about a minute until it smells good! Remove from heat and cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add pork, beef, peppers, onion and garlic, Parmesan cheese, panko, Italian herbs, and chili powder. Hand mix to combine, but not too much. Overmixing will make it become mealy.
  • Form into 16 2-ounce meatballs and set aside.
  • Bring your large pan back to medium-high heat and add some olive oil. Add meatballs and sear them about 1 minute per side, rolling them around a bit to get most of the sides. Get them nicely browned. Drain some of the grease if desired.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and basil. Stir.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. You can let them simmer longer if you’d like. The flavor of the sauce will develop further with the meatballs.
  • Serve!


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.5mg