Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mango Chile Meatballs (Frugal Food Thursday)

mango chile meatballs
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It's almost mango season here at the Frugal Follies household.  Last year, I made and canned lots of mango butter, mango jam, and my favorite, mango chili sauce, from the fruit from the tree in the backyard. I still have a lot left, so I figured I should get going in using all of it.

Here's a recipe I invented this week: Mango Chile Meatballs.

I loved the combination of the sweet mango and the spicy chilies, and the sauce soaked into the meatballs and made them delightful!


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
nonstick cooking spray
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 pint mango chile sauce (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, garlic powder, pepper, and beaten egg.  Mix well and form into 32 meatballs.  Spray a cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the meatballs on the cooking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Take care when removing the sheet from the oven - don't spill the accumulated fat on the sheet.

In a large saucepan with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cooking, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and cook for another three minutes.

Add the meatballs to the vegetables.  Add the pint of mango chile sauce.  Turn the heat to high and boil the sauce.  Once it starts to boil, turn down the heat to medium-low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve over brown rice.


3 cups coarsely chopped peeled plum tomatoes (about 8-10 tomatoes - here's how to skin a tomato)
2 cups chopped mango (about 4-5 mangoes - here's how to cut a mango)
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tbsp minced gingerroot
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Combine tomatoes, mango, peppers, vinegar, pineapple juice, onion, celery, gingerroot, and bay leaf in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 1 hour or until thickened.

Add sugar and salt; return to a boil and boil gently for 10 minutes.   Remove and discard bay leaf.

Remove hot jars from canner and ladle sauce into half-pint jars to within 1/2 inch of rim.  Process 15 minutes as described in canning manuals.

Makes 5 half-pint (8 oz) jars.

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Miz Helen April 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM  

Hope you have a wonderful Celebration Week End and thank you so much for sharing at Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Bridget April 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM  

Yum the flavour combination sounds Great & meatballs are a favourite of mine :)

Unknown April 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM  

This sounds fabulous! And thanks for the "how to cut a mango" link, as well - I'd been doing it all wrong!

This Country Mama April 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM  

I'm your newest follower from Cast Party Wednesday. I'm going to have to try that recipe with my girls this weekend :)

April @ The 21st Century Housewife April 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM  

Your mango chilli sauce sounds deliciously spicy sweet and I really like the idea of the meatballs as well!

Lady Behind The Curtain April 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM  

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured today on Menu and Party Idea Round Up at Cast Party Wednesday #36!
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Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday #36! ---Sheryl---

Run DMT April 13, 2012 at 4:36 AM  

summer is almost here and I love all the summer fruits like mango, which means yummy mango salsa and mango sauce. Never thought of covering meatballs with it! Great idea!

Sorry it took me so long to stop by. Thanks so much for linking up for Friday Food Fight.

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