Spicy Black Bean Balls with Chipotle Pasta Sauce

30 Mar

What’s more comforting before a run (or after one!) than a hearty bowl of pasta? Filling carbs, flavorful sauce and delicious balls of goodness to top it all off is clearly one of the best ways to get your nutrients the night before a big run, or following a training run.

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This dish takes it to the next level. If you can handle a bit of spice, the combination of chipotle peppers and green chili peppers in this meal is just for you! And it’s so easy, too. Boil pasta, blend & heat the sauce, and puree & cook the black bean balls. Voila, dinner is served!

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Yeah, that’s right: black bean balls. These faux meatballs combine black beans and canned green chili peppers for a protein and fiber-filled treat with a hint of spice.


Spicy Black Bean Balls with Chipotle Pasta Sauce

Serves 2

  • 4 oz linguine
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/4 cup cooked black beans)
  • 1/2 can green chili peppers
  • 1/3 C ground oats (or breadcrumbs)
  • 1 egg

Bring a pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Cook to al dente, according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Puree the canned tomatoes with the chipotle peppers and a few teaspoons of the adobo sauce. Taste and adjust to your desired spice level. Heat a saucepan over medium and drizzle in a teaspoon of olive oil. Pour in the chipotle tomato sauce, stir, and let heat through and bubble slightly, uncovered, while you cook the spicy black bean balls. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add to the warm sauce and toss to coat. Let sit on the burner on low heat until the black bean balls are cooked.

While the pasta and sauce cook, make the black bean balls. To the bowl of your food processor, add the beans, chili peppers, ground oats and egg. Pulse until the beans are just combined and the mixture starts to come together. You want to retain some of the texture of the beans in this.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high and spray with PAM. Use a large spoon and your hands or cookie scoop to form the black bean balls, about 2” in diameter. Carefully place them in the heated pan, starting at the point farthest from you, and adding balls in a clockwise order until all the mix is used up. You should get 8 black bean balls. Doing this makes it much easier to remember which ones you’ve flipped and when! Flip the balls over after a couple minutes and continue cooking.

Serve the sauce-covered pasta onto plates. Top with 2-3 black bean balls. Serve with shredded cheese, if desired. Let any leftovers cool completely before storing in a covered container in the fridge, up to 3 days.


Welcome to Meatless Monday with Deborah (Confessions of a Mother Runner) & Sarah (A Whisk & Two Wands)



18 Responses to “Spicy Black Bean Balls with Chipotle Pasta Sauce”

  1. demeter | beaming baker March 30, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Spicy black beans balls so sound delish! I am also totally loving the chipotle pasta sauce–spicy sauces are one of my true loves. 🙂 Great recipe idea Christina! 🙂

    • xtinaluvspink March 30, 2016 at 8:20 am #

      Thank you!! My favorite part about this recipe is how complex the flavors are, yet how simple it is to make. Enjoy!

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 30, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Chilis in adobe are my secret ingredient for so many recipes! Love how yummy these look. Would love to have you link up to Meatless Monday

  3. Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple March 30, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Ooooh yummy!! Chipotle sauce sounds like it would be good on just about ANYTHING!

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities March 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    What an AWESOME high-protein, yet vegan recipe!!

  5. Anne March 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    Yummy! It’s always better with a good amount of spices 😀

  6. Rosey Rebecca March 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    This sounds (and looks) so delish! Love the combo of flavors you used. I can definitely see having a Mexican style ‘meatball’ sub with these with your chipotle sauce and pepper jack cheese on a tortilla or something. I’m making myself hungry!

    • xtinaluvspink March 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

      Ooooo, that sounds delicious! I’ll have to work on that next 🙂

  7. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    anything spicy and black beans..im sold!

  8. nutritioulicious March 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    I recently made black bean meatballs and my kids loved them. I’m all about pulses this year!

  9. wendyistakingthelongwayhome March 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Those sound great! I’m sure my family would love them!

  10. jillconyers March 31, 2016 at 5:33 am #

    I made black bean balls a few months ago and loved them. I need to try your recipe.

  11. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin.com April 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    I would try this, my husband would say it’s too spicy! lol I did a Level Up virtual run and the medal was huge! Very nice!

  12. Abbey Sharp June 28, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Yum! These looks amazing!! Ultimate comfort food and a perfect meatless monday meal!

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