Chili Meatballs & Black Bean Salad

Are you as big a chili fan as I am?

I don’t discriminate against hot food in the summertime. I make beef chili sometimes and I still eat oatmeal most days of the week. You too, right?!

But it can be nice to switch it up sometimes. That’s how this recipe was born.

My Chili Meatballs give you all the flavours of chili but in a more summer-friendly package.

Plus you can make my Black Bean salad on the side and there you have it. Chili deconstructed.


After making some chicken sausage patties for breakfast lately, I’m really into ground chicken. It’s so much easier to work with than ground turkey (or maybe that’s just me?!) and I find it has so much more flavour. Of course, when you add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano, it’s pretty much a flavour explosion and it’s really, really good.


I love serving beef and bean chili with hot sauce, because come on, hot sauce is pretty much the greatest thing on the planet. So I suggest serving these chicken chili meatballs and black bean salad with all the hot sauce you can find.

Unless you don’t like hot sauce. Then you don’t have to, of course.

FINAL-ChiliMeatballs2Are you a chili fan? What’s your favourite type to make?

Chili Meatballs & Black Bean Salad
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Love chili? Here's a super summery version: chicken chili meatballs with a black bean salad. It's sweet, spicy and just percent for an easy lunch or dinner.
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 package ground chicken
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 can black beans (I lIke Eden Organic brand)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • a few springs of cilantro
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté garlic until fragrant and soft.
  3. In a bowl, mix garlic, salt and pepper, chill powder, cumin, and oregano with the ground chicken.
  4. Form into small meatball shapes on the baking sheet.
  5. Important: make sure the meatballs are touching. This will help them cook evenly.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. While it's baking, make the black beans: rinse your can of black beans to get rid of the extra salt.
  8. Toss the beans with olive oil, cilantro, and chopped orange pepper.
Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. I love chili. These look so easy to make and so flavorful! My favorite kind of chili is chicken white bean chili (especially now that I try to stay away from tomatoes). I’m with you–I can eat warm comfort foods year round! They’re too good to give up just because of the weather. 🙂

  2. Im all about those meatballs! I love that there is NO gluten in them!! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I love that too haha

  3. These looks sooo tasty! Such pretty pictures too!

    1. Thank you so much, that’s so nice to hear!

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