Spicy Meatballs

Aug 25, 2021 | Appetizers, Food

Happy Friday everyone!  We are almost finished with my August recipes and I thought I’d give you my Spicy Meatballs dish to try over the weekend!  These meatballs are oh so spicy, with hints of fresh oregano and parsley, smokey sun-dried tomatoes, hot pepper flakes, and hot buffalo wing cheese from Bunker Hill for an extra kick!  After all this spice, you will need something sweet so check out my posts next week for a cinnamon baked apple and morning breakfast muffins!
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I started with browning the meatballs, fresh minced garlic, herbs, seasonings, and olive oil together in a pan on medium heat.  I let the cherry tomatoes and tomatoes-on-the-vine start to burst before I threw in the garlic.  Garlic cooks up faster than the other ingredients and I didn’t want that to burn.
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As the sauce was cooking, I started with ground meat and ground pork (hot) mixing in my hot pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and pepper.  I used a large ice cream scooper to scoop the meat from the bowl making them relatively the same size.  All I had to do was form them into a ball and they were ready for the pan!
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Once the meatballs hit the hot skillet, they started brown.  This is when I added more hot pepper flakes and fresh herbs.  I used up a small jar of sun-dried tomatoes and the oil from the tomatoes placing them overtop the meatballs.  Here I let all of the ingredients cook together for a few minutes before cutting the meatballs in half making sure they were cooking flat side down.  Once I was reassured the meatballs were cooked all the way through, I grated fresh hot buffalo wing cheese over the whole pan letting it melt over the meatballs.
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This is a fun dish to make because it is incredibly easy, has loads of flavor, can be made as a meatball bake, a meatball sandwich, added to any pasta, or served up as an appetizer for a party.  Use some festive toothpicks (large) and build your appetizer up alternating the meatball with your favorite cheese(s).  Add a side of marinara sauce for dipping and your guests will love it.  If you are making these meatballs for your meatball hoagie, you might want to either double the sauce recipe or throw in a jar of your favorite marinara sauce because the sandwich might be a bit dry if you don’t.  And don’t forget to add a thick layer of cheese on top of your sandwich to broil in the oven for a few minutes!  If you love Italian bread like I do, cut up a fresh loaf of bread and use the sauce from the meatballs for dipping your bread into!  Sooo yummy!
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(I always say, what I make for the pups, humans can eat)
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Spicy Meatballs

Extra hot pepper flakes, extra hot buffalo wing cheese, and fresh herbs make this mix of beef and pork scrumptious!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Meatballs, spicy, pork, beef, parmesan cheese, hot pepper flakes, sun dried tomoatoes
Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • 1/2 pound ground meat
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes I used a small jar
  • 1 package tomoatoes-on-the-vine
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hot buffalo wing cheese
  • 2 tbsp hot pepper flakes I used 1 tablespoon mixed into the meat and 1 tablespoon after putting the meat into the pan


  • Add cherry tomatoes and tomatoes-on-the-vine, garlic, and olive oil in a pan to cook. Wait until tomoatoes start to burst before adding garlic
  • Mix ground beef and ground pork, parmesan cheese, and hot pepper flakes together and form into meatballs. Add to pan
  • As meatballs start to cook, add sun-dried tomatoes, more hot pepper flakes, and herbs
  • The sauce will start to thicken. Cut your meatballs in half and lay face down in pan to help meat cook all the way through. They will start to brown and get slightly crispy
  • Grate hot buffalo wing cheese over top of entire skillet and let the cheese melt into the meatballs. The sky is the limit on adding your cheese. Salt and pepper to taste


If you think this is way to much cheese, you can decrease the parmesan to 1/4 cup and use your judgement when using the hot buffalo wing cheese
If you would like this recipe less "spicy", reduce the amount of hot pepper flakes or omit all together.  
This recipe is easy in that you can adjust each ingredient to your liking.  Want more heat, add more garlic!  Instead of mincing it, peel a whole clove or cloves and throw into the sauce :-). 

I love hearing from all of you and do my best to respond to each and every one of you.  I always enjoy your comments, feedback, and suggestions so keep them coming!  If I’ve posted a recipe (for our human and our furry friends) and you try it, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @twoadorablelabs and use #twoadorablelabs​.

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  1. Carla D Evans

    Wow these do sound spicy! Looks so good
    and can’t wait to try! ????

    • Bobbi

      They definitely had a kick to them!!


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