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5 from 3 votes

Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

This is an unexpected take on traditional spaghetti and meatballs. These meatballs have an added burst of spicy flavor from the peppers. Give it a shot today because you'll see how the spice really adds to the flavor profile when mixed with the sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian American
Keyword: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spicy Meatballs, Spicy Spaghetti
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Julie of



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1/2 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Marinara Sauce

  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1/2 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine beef, bread crumbs, parsley, fresh minced garlic, onions, jalapeƱos, chili garlic sauce, egg, milk, parmesan cheese, oregano, and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Using your hands mix gently, careful not to over mix.
  • Roll meat mixture into golf sized balls and then fry the meatballs in vegetable oil over medium high heat, working in batches. Brown them on all sides. Each batch should take about 7 minutes.
  • Heat a separate skillet over medium low heat, add onions and cook until translucent
  • Add fresh minced garlic and red chili flakes, season with salt and pepper and cook until garlic turns golden and fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, red wine, sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 15-20 minutes before adding the meatballs.
  • Place the browned meatballs in the sauce and let it cook for an additional 30-40 minutes or until the meatballs are tender and fully cooked through.
  • Add some fresh basil and serve over Spaghetti



Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 964mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 21.6mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 5.7mg