Meatball Chili with Dumplings Recipe
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Meatball Chili with Dumplings Recipe

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My family enjoys this delicious recipe—it's like a spicy meatball stew with dumplings!—Sarah Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion, divided
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs or rolled oats
  • 5 teaspoons beef bouillon granules, divided
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 475 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1523 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 26 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine egg, 1/4 cup onion, bread crumbs, 3 teaspoons bouillon and 1 teaspoon chili powder; crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into twelve 1-1/2-in. meatballs. Roll in flour.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet; brown meatballs. Drain on paper towels. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the tomatoes, garlic and cumin with the remaining onion, bouillon and chili powder. Add meatballs. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour. Stir in beans.
  3. Combine dumpling ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls onto chili; cook on low, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10-12 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in dumpling comes out clean. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Chili with Dumplings in Country Ground Beef 1993, p83

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Delicious! We prefer my original chili recipe, however, but this recipe is wonderful because it gave me the idea to do meatballs in chili. I make large batches of plain meatballs, then freeze them for future use. This allows me another option for the meatballs, it's delicious, and because of the meatballs my son thinks it's more "fun" than traditional chili."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"Great idea! Chili is economical and easy!"

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