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Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs Recipe

Louise | October 2
Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs Recipe #keto

If you’ve found yourself making the same dishes over and over again, look no further than this Keto spicy pork meatball recipe to get you out of a dinner rut. With tangy hot sauce and succulent pork, these are not your nana’s meatballs. They come together in only 30 minutes so whether it’s a big Sunday dinner or a busy Tuesday, these meatballs will spice up your dinner plans in no time.

Hot Sauce: Beyond the Basics

What comes to mind when you picture? It probably depends on where you grew up because there are as many hot sauces in the world as there are types of cuisine. Here are a few of the most popular types. Why not break out of your typical hot sauce routine and give one a try?

  • Louisiana-style – This is arguably the most well-known type of hot sauce in the United States including Tabasco Sauce and Franks Red Hot Sauce. It is characterized by a thin vinegary sauce with a generous dash of salt.
  • Mexican-style – The popular brand Cholula is one of the best-known versions of this variety of hot sauce. Mexican hot sauces tend to be smokier and less vinegary than their Louisiana-style counterparts.
  • Siracha – This Thai-style sauce gets its name from a city on the coast of Thailand. It exploded in popularity in the US a few years ago and now this spicy-sweet sauce with a kick of garlic can be found all over the country.
  • Peri Peri – This hot sauce came from Africa by way of Portugal, named for the peri peri or piri piri pepper, also called African Bird’s Eye Chili. The sauce is thin and very hot, often made with lemon juice and garlic.

5 Tips and Tricks for Marvelous Meatballs

  1. Keep all of your ingredients cold. Not only will the meatballs be easier to form, they will also be lighter and more tender.
  2. Handle your meatball mixture as little as possible before cooking. If you have an ice cream or cookie scoop, it can do double duty as a meatball maker and all of your meatballs will be the same size as a bonus.
  3. If you are going the hand-formed route, wet your hands with a little olive oil or even water to keep the meatballs from sticking to your hands as you form them.
  4. No time to stand at the stove? You can bake meatballs on a baking sheet covered with foil for anywhere between 15-45 minutes at 375 degrees depending on how large they are.
  5. Meatballs freeze beautifully. You can freeze cooked meatballs without sauce by placing the cooled meatballs on a cookie sheet, freezing until solid and transferring to a labeled freezer bag. To serve, simply warm until meatballs are heated through.

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Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs Recipe #keto

Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs Recipe #keto

Keto Spicy Pork Meatballs Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack, Appetizer, Entrée
  • Cuisine: American


Serve these Keto meatballs to spice things up.


For the meatballs –

  • 1 lb (450 g) ground pork
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons basil leaves, diced
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil, to cook with

For the sauce – 

  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil 
  • 1/4 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 can (220 g) of tomato sauce
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 1 chili pepper, diced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix all the meatball ingredients together and form 12 meatballs.
  2. Pan-fry the meatballs in the 1/4 cup olive oil until browned.  Then add in the additional sauce ingredients (except for the basil leaves) and simmer for 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Serve with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 6 g


  • Calories: 369
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fat: 27 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 26 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.