Spicy Meatballs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

These spicy meatballs with yogurt dipping sauce are the perfect appetizer or main course. Slightly spicy and perfectly cooled down when dipped. You’ll love this combo!

These spicy meatballs with yogurt dipping sauce are the perfect appetizer or main course. Slightly spicy and perfectly cooled down when dipped. You'll love this combo!

I’ve literally been sitting on YouTube for the past 40 minutes just listening to collections of old music. You know stuff like – Top 25 hits of 1993 or Top summer songs of 99. Basically I’m sitting here singing my heart out for each song that maybe last 8 seconds. It’s like Jock Jams but on a much more “OMG IT’S MY YOUTH” level.

I also totally forgot about how horrible music videos were back in 1993. Basically just a bunch of people standing around sorta signing into the camera all while it just looked fuzzy. Of course the best part of this all was watching all the popular songs and getting to number 1 and hearing my most favorite “I think I can sing amazing but really I can’t but this song makes me think I can” song. Oh you know it – I will always love you by Whitney Houston. Oh man the way I belt out that last part. It’s pure torture on the ears.

True story – I once did one of those music recording booth things and sang that song (the Dolly Parton version) and it was pure comedic gold. My dad had the tape made into a CD so he could play it at my wedding but it wouldn’t work with the DJ’s equipment so it was a no go. If I ever feel adventurous I just might upload it for all of you to hear.

These spicy meatballs with yogurt dipping sauce are the perfect appetizer or main course. Slightly spicy and perfectly cooled down when dipped. You'll love this combo!

Besides being totally cool and sitting around on a Saturday night (yes, I’m writing this on a Saturday night) listening to old music I also devoured these meatballs. So basically my Saturday night consists of music, meatballs and working.

Do I know how to party OR WHAT?!

The best thing about these meatballs are that they are just a little spicy (or a lot spicy depending on your heat tolerance) but that heat is immediately cooled down when dipped in this totally delicious yogurt sauce. The yogurt “sauce” is actually just a jazzed up version of the amazing Sabra crisp bell pepper yogurt dip. I took the dip, squeezed in a little lemon juice and stirred in a little extra cucumber because I’m huge fan of all things cucumber. Of course if you wanted to leave the dip as is you totally could. Sabra knows a thing or two about making delicious dips!

These spicy meatballs with yogurt dipping sauce are the perfect appetizer or main course. Slightly spicy and perfectly cooled down when dipped. You'll love this combo!

Looking for more meatball recipes? Try my Greek lamb meatballs, bourbon BBQ meatballs or my pork meatballs with mango mustard sauce.


Spicy Meatballs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

These spicy meatballs with yogurt dipping sauce are the perfect appetizer or main course. Slightly spicy and perfectly cooled down when dipped. You'll love this combo!

Yield: 20-24 meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For meatballs:

  • 1/3 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3-5 dried bird eye chilies
  • 1-1/2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

For yogurt sauce:

  • 1 (10 ounce) container Sabra crisp bell pepper Greek yogurt dip
  • 2 tablespoons fine diced English cucumbers
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


For meatballs:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner, set aside.

In a food processor add parsley, onion, olive oil lemon zest, garlic and chilies. Blend until all the ingredients are broken down and paste like in texture.

In a large mixing bowl add meat, the mixture from the food processor, egg, panko, kosher salt, smoked paprika, cumin and oregano. Stir together (or use your hands) until fully combined.

Roll the meat into 1-1/2 inch size meatballs. You will get anywhere from 20-24 meatballs.

Place onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until the meatballs are firm to the touch and lightly browned on the outside.

Serve with a sprinkling if fresh parsley and yogurt sauce for dipping.

For yogurt sauce:
In the container of the Greek yogurt dip add cucumbers, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir to combine and keep cold until ready to use.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sabra. As always all opinions and non-sensical ramblings are 100% my own.

26 Responses to “Spicy Meatballs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce”

  1. #
    Tammy — September 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Heyy 90s music and these rockin meatballs are for sure a party! ;D

    The spicy flavors met against the cool dipping sauce is a perfect combo…I’m salivating at the thought of how delicious it must have been. Gahhh is it wrong to be craving meatballs in the morning??!


  2. #
    Stephanie @CopyKat.com — September 15, 2015 at 6:49 am

    This is completely delicious. I would love to serve this at my next bunco party. I think everyone would love these little meatballs and yogurt dipping sauce.

  3. #
    Sarah@bakingwithmom — September 15, 2015 at 7:13 am

    These look delicious! My hubby would want me to make these. Yum!

  4. #
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen — September 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

    This looks like such a flavorful dish! I love spiced meat with yogurt and cucumbers. YUM!!

  5. #
    heather @french press — September 15, 2015 at 9:59 am

    these meatballs + music – the work part sound like a pretty great Saturday night 🙂

  6. #
    Holly N @ Spend With Pennies — September 15, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Sounds like a party at your place! I love these meatballs.. and that dip sounds delish!

  7. #
    Amy Stafford — September 15, 2015 at 10:21 am

    These look delicious, and I love that yogurt sauce! Can’t wait to make these my the hubby!

  8. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — September 15, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Those meatballs. That sauce. Yes please.

  9. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — September 15, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I get sucked into old music videos on youtube whenever I drink. It’s just so fun!

    Love these meatballs! and that dip! I looked for the Sabra dips yesterday but no luck. I’ll keep searching!

  10. #
    Brittany — September 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I am not a huge spicy fan, but I bet with the dip these will be perfect! I love that these could be used in a main dish, or as an appetizer!

  11. #
    Tasha @thatssoyummy — September 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    These meatballs look to die for!

  12. #
    claire @the realistic nutritionist — September 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    This post is why we’re friends. I spent hours watching old Are you Afraid of the Dark reruns and I’m sure a youtube binge is not short behind.

    pS. You make a good ball.

  13. #
    foodwanderings — September 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Gosh lovely pics as usual. This is the exact fare I love. I like that you combined spicy Mediterranean touch with the panko. BTW music wise I should also listen to oldies from my youth. 🙂

  14. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — September 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    These meatballs look so good I wouldn’t even want to use sauce. They’d be great on a sandwich too!

  15. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — September 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Yum, these sound so delicious! Love the combo of the spicy meatballs and that refreshing dipping sauce!

  16. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — September 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I made meatballs with a yogurt sauce right now and they were unbelievable. Your version looks wonderful!

  17. #
    The Food Hunter — September 15, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Nothing wrong with music meatballs and working specially when the meatballs look this good!

  18. #
    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — September 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I’m loving these meatballs! The spicier the better in my book!

  19. #
    Laura — September 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    First: thanks for the earworm! I am going to be singing I will Always Love You under my breath for the rest of the night, I just know it! 🙂

    Second: OMG these look awesome! And I love that you paired them with a yogurt dipping sauce. Pinned!

  20. #
    Melanie | Melanie Makes — September 15, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Love how you transformed the dip into a delicious yogurt sauce – clever girl!

  21. #
    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist — September 16, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Music from 1993 was awesome…so were the videos. I like the way you spend your Saturday…mostly because that’s how I spend mine. Oh and these meatballs are killer. I am a meatball connoisseur–a self given title, but nonetheless important and I would devour these in a single sitting.

  22. #
    Sarah | Broma Bakery — September 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I want to hear the recording so badly. I remember when that was a thing!! Oh, 90s.
    Spiced meatballs are my favorite. Especially with a cool, crisp yogurt sauce!

  23. #
    Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet — September 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I did one of those kinds of booths when I was a teen as well! Except no music video just singing. But the group I was with had so much fun! It was a blast, just like the meatballs!

  24. #
    Kim Beaulieu — September 17, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Well I for one am waiting impatiently to hear this sassy song. If it’s as funny as your rib photo montage I’ll be a happy girl. Still the funniest thing on the internet. I crack up every time I see those.

    These meatballs, those dipping sauce, it’s the stuff that binge watching tv was made for. I could sit in front of the walking dead all the live long day and eat this.

  25. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — September 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    A Saturday night with old music and meatballs… I’m game! haha oh my and those song booths! I totally hate those things but yes please upload it haha

  26. #
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — September 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I’m guilty of sitting in front of YouTube and catching up on my fav boy band from my youth too! For me, it used to be A-HA – talk about some time well spent – eh? 🙂
    BTW – I love spicy everything – loving the lemon zest with the spices in those meatballs

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