One-pan Tuna Meatballs in Green Chile Tomato Sauce – Not your ordinary tuna meatballs packed with amazing flavors and textures and served in rustic green chile tomato sauce all cooked in one pan.
This post is sponsored by Bella Portofino Tuna but all opinions are of my own.
I am thrilled to partner up with Bella Portofino Tuna to bring you this one-pan tuna meatballs in green chile tomato sauce recipe. Meatballs get lots of love in our house. So when Bella Portofino reached out for a sponsorship to create recipe using their high-quality tuna packed in E.V.O.O., I immediately thought of tuna meatballs. This one-pan tuna meatballs in green chile tomato sauce is one of our favorites. It’s one-pan and you get the family to eat tuna without them even noticing it!
Have you tried Bella Portofino Tuna packed in E.V.O.O. yet? In case you haven’t, boy, I love how it tastes. The tuna fillet tastes so mellow and tender. My husband couldn’t even recognize the taste of tuna in the meatballs! He thought I was using something else.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT BELLA PORTOFINO TUNA
They are made with high-quality hand-selected wild-caught Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna
No funky ingredients
You only see wild-caught tuna, E.V.O.O., and sea salt. Simple as that, but it works!
Packed in E.V.O.O.
This really changes things up and give you that smooth and tender fillet I mentioned earlier
May is Mediterranean Diet month and this one-pan tuna meatballs in green chile tomato sauce fits right in.
They are made with Bella Portofino Tuna packed in E.V.O.O. and the rustic green chile tomato sauce is made with fresh produce, which are the key components in the Mediterranean diet.
WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE ABOUT THIS ONE-PAN TUNA MEATBALLS IN GREEN CHILI TOMATO SAUCE
1. Only one-pan needed
2. Tender tuna meatballs with a great contrast of texture from chopped macadamia nuts (oh yes!)
3. Rustic and flavorful green chile tomato sauce (you can make it not spicy too)
Whether you are serving them straight from the pan…
..or on a serving platter, you will discover those tuna meatballs disappear quickly.
Bella Portofino‘s take on the old-world approach with flavor inspires me to think beyond just tuna salad. It is so perfect for making these tuna meatballs because of its tender texture. Such a simple change of using E.V.O.O. for the tuna really changes everything. Well, don’t just take my words for it, you should try it to know what I mean.
Visit here for more recipe inspiration using Bella Portofino Tuna. You won’t regret it!
Here is a short video to show you how to make this One-pan Tuna Meatballs in Green Chile Tomato Sauce.
One-pan Tuna Meatballs in Green Chile Tomato Sauce
One-pan Tuna Meatballs in Green Chile Tomato Sauce – Not your ordinary tuna meatballs made with Bella Portofino tuna packed with amazing flavors and textures and served in rustic green chile tomato sauce all cooked in one pan #AD #BellaPortofino #BellaPortofinoTuna
Posted by What To Cook Today on Monday, May 21, 2018
One-Pan Tuna Meatballs in Green Chile Tomato Sauce
- 3 cans Bella Portofino Tuna 4.5 oz each can
- ⅓ cup macadamia nuts chopped
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- ¼ cup parsley leaves finely chopped
Green chili tomato sauce:
- 1 small onion peeled, quartered
- 14 oz Roma tomatoes quartered
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil
- 1 large red bell peppers cored and diced
- 3 large jalapeno peppers you can omit if prefer not spicy
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar more to taste
- ¼ tsp sugar
- Salt to taste
- Small bunch parsley leaves finely chopped
Make the meatballs:
- Empty Bella Portofino Tuna into a mixing bowl along with the oil. Flake the meatballs with a fork. Add chopped macadamia nuts, breadcrumbs, eggs, and parsley leaves. Use a clean hand to mix and scrunch everything until you can form meatballs without them falling apart. If it's too dry, add a bit of oil. If it's too wet, add a bit more breadcrumbs
Shape the meatballs:
- Prepare a bowl of clean water. Wet your hands and then shape the tuna mixture into about 3-inch meatballs. Your wet hands will help to keep the meatballs surface smooth. Let the meatballs rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator while preparing the sauce
Brown the meatballs:
- Preheat a large pan with 2 Tbsp cooking oil. Arrange the meatballs in the pan, try not to overcrowd the pan and cook them over medium heat. Do this in batches if necessary. Let them brown on all sides. Remove to a plate and set aside
Make the sauce:
- Place tomato and onion in a food processor and chop them. In the same pan you brown the meatballs earlier, add 1 Tbsp cooking oil. Add bell peppers and jalapeno peppers (if using). Saute until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Add chopped onion and tomatoes. Continue to let it simmer for the next 15 minutes or until everything is soft. Add apple cider vinegar and sugar. Season with salt to taste. If the sauce is too thick, you can add about 1/3 cup of water to thin it out a bit. The sauce should be savory with some hint of tangy, spicy, and sweet
- While the sauce is gently simmering, add the meatballs back to the green chili tomato sauce, cover and let them cook for another 5 minutes or until the meatballs cooked through
- You can serve the meatballs straight in the pan or transfer them to serving platter. Garnish the meatballs with chopped parsley leaves. Serve immediately
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bella Portofino Tuna.
How interesting, I have never thought about making meatballs with canned tuna. But as I love canned tuna (I sometimes find myself eating it plain straight from the can, not even bread is necessary), I am sure I would love these.
I know right? Tuna meatballs are not very common for sure. I love anything tuna too and I’m like you, I can eat tuna straight from the can on its own 🙂
I never thought of making tuna meatballs! It’s such a brilliant idea! So creative and looks absolutely delicious!
I love tuna but never thought of making tuna meatballs. This recipe sounds and looks tasty, will have to try it!
What an interesting and healthy meal – love the use of macadamia nuts. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
These pictures are good enough to eat! So pretty and so tasty!
I love tuna and what a great idea to make meatballs, then to put them in a green chile sauce just makes this dish over the top. This is a must try recipe.