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haitian meatballs

Haitian Meatballs

Haitian Meatballs is very homemade, simple and delicious. Haitian Meatballs is made with ground beef and spices. No other ground meat is part of the recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 524 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup white onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup green pepper diced very small
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves only and crushed
  • 1 tsp vinegar white vinegar or prefereably rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper optional

For the Sauce

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup onion sliced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bouquet garni parsley, thyme and bay leaf
  • Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce optional


  • In a bowl, soak shredded bread in milk. In a large bowl add all ingredients with the exception of the egg and the oil. Mix ground beef with spices and bread to fully combine. Store in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Add beaten egg to meat mixture and mix well. Form meatballs (the size of golf balls) about 24. Roll each meatball into flour. Shake off any excess flour. Heat a skillet or frying pan and add oil. Fry meatballs on all sides until golden brown. Do not overcrowd pan while frying.
  • To make the sauce for the meatballs, in a separate skillet, add olive oil and 1 tbsp of tomato paste. Stir until oil and tomato paste are blended. Add onion and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water, salt and pepper to taste and bouquet garni. Let boil for 5 minutes then add meatballs and let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Additional salt and pepper to taste. If using hot sauce or hot pepper add last or mix with meatballs mixture prior to frying. When the sauce has been incorporated with the meatballs remove from heat and serve hot.


Calories: 524kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 28gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1463mgPotassium: 672mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 720IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 231mgIron: 8mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword beef recipe, Caribbean Cooking, Caribbean Recipes, ground beef
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