Cumin Spiced Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce

perfect slow cooker meatballs
Perfect slow cooker meatballs
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For the meatballs
1 cup Breadcrumbs tightly packed (about 3 slices)
¼ cup Red wine
1½ lb Ground Beef
2 tsp Garlic paste mild garlic paste or 1-2 minced cloves garlic
1 tbsp Parsley dried
¾ tsp Salt
1½ tsp Cumin powdered
¼ tsp Black pepper
¼ tsp Cinnamon
For the sauce
1 can Diced tomatoes no salt added, with liquid
1 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Onion powder or 2 tsp dried onion flakes
½ Salt
½ tsp Sugar
½ tsp Sweet paprika

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  • For the sauce

Cumin Spiced Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce


These Cumin Spiced Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce make perfect use of my favorite warming spice: cumin! I add cumin to everything. I love it! These slow cooker meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods – cooked long and slow in a rich and delicious tomato sauce.

Start by mixing the ingredients for the meatballs. Leave the mixture to rest for a few minutes before shaping the meatballs. As the meat mixture rests, place the sauce ingredients in the insert of a slow cooker. Lay the meatballs on top of the sauce and cook for 6-7 hours on low. Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or French fries and enjoy!

To make the Cumin Spiced Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Cumin Spiced Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce


Mix breadcrumbs with red wine


Using your fingers, toss 1 cup of breadcrumbs with ¼ cup of red wine in a small bowl using your fingers.


Make the meatball mixture


Place 1½ pounds of ground beef in a mixing bowl. Add the moistened breadcrumbs, 2 teaspoons of garlic paste, 1 tablespoon of parsley, ¾ teaspoon of salt, 1½ teaspoons of powdered cumin, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Knead the mixture well, using your hands, until fully combined.


Leave to rest


Leave the meatball mixture to rest for about 10 minutes.


Prepare sauce


Place 1 can of diced tomatoes in the insert of a slow cooker with 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 teaspoons of dried onion flakes, ½ a teaspoon of salt, ½ a teaspoon of sugar and ½ a teaspoon of sweet paprika.


Shape the meatballs


Take 3 tablespoons of the meatball mixture and shape into long, oval-shaped meatballs.


Place meatballs in slow cooker


Place the meatballs in the slow cooker. Do not mix with the sauce.




Cook on low for 6-7 hours, until the meatballs are fully cooked and the sauce has thickened slightly.



Serve the meatballs and sauce over your favorite accompaniment - on different occasions, I like to pair mine with rice, mashed potato or French fries.

These Cumin Spiced Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce are delicious when cooked in the slow cooker! If you try these cumin-spiced meatballs, please come back to leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Jeff is a 38-year-old bachelor who prefers not to waste his time on salads and light meals. He’s a true carnivore who knows how to enjoy food to the max! Jeff will tell you how to cook rich and filling meals from scratch, bringing some real meaty decadence to your kitchen. His recipes are sure to satisfy every meat lover!

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Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 21
Samiyah Blossman

It was tasty and fell apart in my mouth!! Amazing texture in my opinion.

Coraline Allrich

Scrumptious! Will be making this for grill out tuesday next week with the fam (-;

Emiliana Borroel

Parsely makes the dish overwhelming wouldn't recommend adding any.

Devyn Fedigan

Any way to make this without the alcohol?...

Greta Lannie

Easily one of my all time favorite meatball cumin meals along with the keto chicken meatballs and parmesan.

Pyper Albakri

Unique and flavourful taste enjoyed every bite.

Emmy Skorski

Let the meat sit in the spices for atleast an hour or two before cooking so that they are flavorful because if you cook it right away they will taste very bland.

Kenley Corlin

Ate some of the leftover meatballs cold for lunch at work today dare i say they taste even better a day after.

Armani Stilwill

Takes way too long to make this.

Kadence Meher

Jeff always got the best meat recipes a dude like me could hope for! Thanks for sharing.

Lainey Masangcay

Replaced red wine with white cause red usually makes the meal slightly bitter.

Siena Fante

Great for a meat sub too and better than any fast food resturant.

Joelle Zanis

Had no idea cinnamon could be used for savory meals, i couldnt really taste it but cool thing nonetheless makes me feel fancy telling people the ingriedents haha.

Shay Nein

I liked it a lot and so did my kids. Served it wash mashed potatos and bunch of cheese.

Angie Vanbecelaere

Very happy that there is no dairy in this since both my kids are lactose :)

Abbigail Gooler

Instead of normal diced tomatos I went with sundried tomatoes soaked in oil, a lot more flavorful with these.

Keily Terran

Needed a bit more salt but other than that it was good.

Emilee Didio

It's my first time making anything like this wish me luck.

Everleigh Zohn

Loved this spiced meatball made it with some penne pasta and cheesy garlic bread on the side, both very filling and delicious together.

Charleston Animas

Salty and overly spicy i think the spices need to be taken down a few notches.


Well done! Approved!

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