Spiced Chorizo Meatballs

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I love using ingredients like bacon and chorizo to add flavour without unwanted carbs. Chorizo is slightly spicy and great with the mild taste of cauliflower when added to cauli-rice and cauliflower soup. In this recipe, I added crisped up chorizo to meatballs and guess what - it is delicious!

I've been making these meatballs for the last couple of years and they've always been popular in my house. Last time I served them with my Keto cheese sauce and Buttered brussels sprouts. However, if you are dairy intolerant, you can skip the cheese sauce. The meatballs are quite moist so you won't need to add any additional sauce and can serve them over crunchy lettuce salad, with steamed broccoli or asparagus.

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Nutritional values (per serving)

4.1 grams 1.9 grams 27.5 grams 35.4 grams 11.4 grams 447 calories
Total Carbs6grams
Fiber1.9grams
Net Carbs4.1grams
Protein27.5grams
Fat35.4grams
of which Saturated11.4grams
Calories447kcal
Magnesium61mg (15% RDA)
Potassium506mg (25% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (3.7%), protein (24.7%), fat (71.6%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 0.9 lb ground pork, 20% fat (400 g / 14.1 oz)
  • 1/3 average Spanish chorizo or other hard type (80 g / 2.8 oz)
  • 1 large egg, free-range or organic
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (50 g / 1.8 oz)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small white onion (70 g / 2.5 oz)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or lard (make your own ghee)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I like pink Himalayan)
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Instructions

  1. Peel and dice the onion and garlic and dice the chorizo sausage.
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  2. Grease a large pan with ghee and add the chorizo, garlic and onion. Cook for 5-8 minutes over a medium heat or until lightly crisped up. Take off the heat and set aside. Spiced Chorizo Meatballs
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, egg, almond flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground cumin and salt. Spiced Chorizo Meatballs
  4. Mix until well combined and add the crisped up chorizo, garlic and onion from the pan using a slotted spoon. Spiced Chorizo Meatballs
  5. Using your hands, make small-medium meatballs and place on a cutting board. Spiced Chorizo Meatballs Heat the pan where you cooked the chorizo and onion over a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the meatballs and cook for 2 minutes. Spiced Chorizo Meatballs
  6. Once browned, turn the meatballs on the other side using a fork and cook for another 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5-10 minutes. The time depends on the size of the meatballs. Spiced Chorizo Meatballs
  7. Remove from the heat and serve immediately or let it cool down and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. To store them for longer, place in a zip-lock bag and freeze. For a complete meal, try with Keto cheese sauce and Buttered Brussels sprouts! Spiced Chorizo Meatballs
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (12)

I also make beef meatballs, adding bacon and garlic. It is a safe option when having guests with kids, everybody eats it, including the little fussy ones !

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I totally agree - no one says no to meatballs! 😊

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Have you tried baking these instead of cooking them on the stove?

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Yes I did and it worked great. I baked them for about 20 minutes at 200 C / 400 F 😊

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Wow, wow, fabulous,  & so easy to make & cook.
Definitely  will make again.

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Glad you liked them Catherine! 😊

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Wow, these are great! I made these tonight and the whole family loved them. I did them with your cheese sauce, thank you so much for rescuing cheese sauce and putting it back on my menu as whatever other method I try most attempts end in a messy tasteless goo. This is so easy and tasty.

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Thank you Chris!! This is my favourite recipe too! It goes great with both the cheese sauce and tomato "marinara-like" sauce (slightly more carbs).

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Spanish Chorizo is very expensive and hard to find where I live, but Mexican Chorizo is plentiful and inexpensive; therefore, I wondered if you have any idea if Mexican Chorizo would suffice to supplement?

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Hi Becky, yes, I don't see why not. I've made meatballs with both and the were equally tasty 😊

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Hubby's favorite way of eating chorizo (ground) is in dirty cauli rice.  I use it for a Paleo pizza base--no need to grease the pan, because it already has enough fat in it to grease it FOR you.

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I love cauli-rice with chorizo, no more spices needed! 😊

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