Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Southwestern Meatballs and Black Bean Corn Salsa

It has been a while since we have shared an On The Lighter Side meal with you or a Simply Delicious one, so today I would like to share one that is both.  My new favorite Southwestern Meatballs and Black Bean Corn Salsa, a light and healthy meal in under 40 minutes!

As I was meal planning and prepping for the coming week, I knew I wanted meatballs.  But, the same old thing did not sound appealing.  I decided to try something new, so I visited flavors from all my favorite regions and decided on a fantastic Southwestern inspired meatball served over an amazing Black Bean and Corn Salsa.

It was a huge hit.  Chad AND Munchkin both devoured it.  Incredible flavor packed into these meatballs and salsa, with a whopping 31g protein per serving and only 330 calories.  That is a lot of bang for your buck (if you ask me).  If you are looking for a few more calories, try adding Spicy Baked Brown Rice!


Yield: 6
Author: Donna Elick
Southwestern Meatballs and Black Bean Corn Salsa

Southwestern Meatballs and Black Bean Corn Salsa

My new favorite Southwestern Meatballs and Black Bean Corn Salsa, a light and healthy meal in under 40 minutes!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min


Southwestern Meatballs (makes 18 meatballs)
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs Dash SW Chipotle seasoning
Black Bean Corn Salsa
  • 1 15 ounce can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/3 cups frozen Sweet White Corn
  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 4 ounce can fired roasted diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Chile Pepper
  • pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Southwestern Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine ingredients, mix well. Form into 1 ounce/2 tablespoon balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes n the center rack of your oven.
Black Bean Corn Salsa
  1. Place a large skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles in the pan. Add the corn in an even layer to the pan. Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes until corn is caramelized.
  2. Add tomatoes, beans and diced chiles. Stir well. Add cumin, ancho, chipotle and cayenne peppers and salt. Stir to combine and remove from heat.
  3. Remove meatballs from oven and serve 3/4 cup salsa with 3 meatballs on top. Enjoy!!!


  1. These were a great idea...never would have thought to serve meatballs with a salsa like that.

  2. This sounds and looks great. It's a unique twist on meatballs!

  3. This sounds fantastic, wow 31 gms of protein! love it! I also love all the fresh delicious flavors!

  4. I also love to put just a bit of pineapple or mango in my black bean and corn salsa for just a bit of a different flavor.


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