Just so you know, these aren’t the kind of meatballs you serve with spaghetti. If you’re looking for those kinds of meatballs, I will direct you here and here. But if you’re looking for a different kind of meatball, pull up a chair and grab yourself a fork because I have some Spicy Black Bean Meatballs for you and they are deeeelicious!
These vegetarian meatballs are made with a black bean and oat base (this means they’re gluten-free, as long as you use gluten-free oats!) and seasoned with a whole mess of spices and garlic and salsa. Yes, that’s a spicy meatball! You can use a little less cayenne or omit it altogether to make these more kid-friendly, but after experimenting with several different amounts of cayenne, I think 1/2 teaspoon is perfect—it’s spicy, but in an enjoyable way.
While it’s true that these meatballs aren’t exactly a good fit for pasta and marinara, you can put them in wraps, tacos, or burritos and even make them into meatball sliders. They’d be delicious in a taco salad or in a bowl full of rice and fajita veggies. But if you don’t want to mess with all of that, just serve ’em up as is with a little salsa, sour cream, or smoky garlic aioli. And then stick a little flag in them. Or not! I happen to like little flags, okay?
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