Spicy Air Fryer Meatballs

Who likes Spicy? I know I do and these Spicy Meatballs are sure to get your taste buds tingling. They can hold their own as a stand alone dish or be served with a pasta of your choice. I love simple dishes. I like to make my recipes with lots of flavor and hardly any heavy lifting. 

I am a stickler for finding ingredients that are already in my kitchen pantry, so I can avoid the mad grocery story run. Besides, I never just come out with what I only needed to get. I’ve gotten pretty clever with that now and know that I have to head straight for the aisle that I need to retrieve my few items, pay and go. 

Besides, if you’re on a budget like me, that is one of the best tips I can offer for not just your wallet but also your waistline. Everything looks good in the grocery store and pair those eye popping luring goodies with a growling stomach and before we all know it, we’ve added multiple items to our cart. Fortunately, I had everything that I needed for these Spicy Meatballs except the meat.

I buy organic meats. For this recipe, I used 90 percent lean red meat. Of course, you can choose to buy whatever you like in the meat aisle. Personally, I like organic, grass fed meats because I feel better when I eat clean. That is the one area that I do not mind spending the extra couple of bucks on. 

I am a spice queen and had all of the spices that I needed already in my pantry. I never run out of white onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  I keep eggs in my refrigerator and fresh thyme too. This Spicy Meatball recipe will also need breadcrumbs. I tend to buy a couple of boxes  of breadcrumbs when I go shopping. Again, it saves time if I already have everything that I need, which means dinner is served a lot faster for my family.  

Once I rolled out about nine meatballs , they were ready to go into the Air Fryer. I love using the Air Fryer because it only takes 20 minutes to make. You can also put them in the oven or cook them in a skillet with a lid. However you choose to make them, they will be tender and delicious. 

Spicy Air Fryer Meatballs

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Recipe by Madison Course: Appetizer Recipes, Beef Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Easy Recipes, Family Recipes, Lunch RecipesCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Meatballs
  • 1 pound 1 80% lean 20% fat ground beef

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon 1 fresh thyme

  • 1 large 1 egg

  • ¼ cup white onion, finely diced

  • ⅓ cup breadcrumbs

  • Olive oil for coating

  • Optional: grated parmesan cheese for serving

  • For the Sauce
  • One jar One marinara sauce (any kind)


  • In a large bowl, mix ground beef, spices, egg, white onion and breadcrumbs.
  • Roll into equal sized balls (I made 9 large meatballs).
  • Then, take a bit of olive oil and coat each balls.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  • Next, heat marinara sauce and toss meatballs in sauce. Top with cheese.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Once they were done, I poured marinara sauce all over them and placed them in a bowl. Who wants dinner? You’ll have them screaming, “Momma Mia that’s a Spicy Meatball” the entire meal! Enjoy!

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