The Paleo diet is a popular lifestyle choice that more and more people are turning to. Some people use it for weight loss and others use it for general health.
It is inspired by the comparatively simple eating habits of the paleolithic era. This means eating mainly lean meat and fish, foraged fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Just because the Paleo diet is a simplified way of eating does not mean that it has to be boring. You can still recreate all of your favourite meals in a delicious way. And that includes the family favourite – meatballs!
We have put together a list of the 10 best recipes for paleo beef meatballs for you to try. Keep reading if you want to be inspired for your next family meal.
We are opening our look at paleo beef meatball recipes with an all-time favourite. If you are in the mood for meatballs then why not go for the most classic dish – Italian meatballs in tomato sauce.
Now if you check out this recipe, you’ll see that it actually uses a combination of pork and chicken mince. Well, as we are talking beef meatballs, you can replace those proteins with ground beef. It’ll still give you tasty meatballs.
This recipe for rich meatballs in a creamy tomato sauce is entirely paleo friendly.
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The beef meatballs are made with shredded zucchini which makes them moist and binds the meat without the need for breadcrumbs.
The sauce is packed full of healthy vegetables and uses coconut cream to make it even more creamy and delicious. This recipe is easy to make and doesn’t take very long so you can have dinner on the table in no time.
And yes. You can revert to the original recipe by swapping out the ground beef for pork or chicken, and using other vegetables in the sauce.
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If you love Thai food then this recipe is ideal. It takes the classic meatballs and gives them a Thai twist. The result is packed with flavour and a fragrance that will keep you coming back for more.
All of the ingredients are paleo friendly and you can serve them with roasted or stir fried vegetables or even cauliflower rice.
It takes less than 40 minutes to make these meatballs so you don’t have to spend too long in the kitchen to whip up a culinary storm.
If you want to impress your friends with something new or you need a change from your usual meatball recipes then this is the perfect dish to recreate in your own kitchen.
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These Asian inspired meatballs are delightfully sticky and packed with fresh flavours reminiscent of Teriyaki. The secret ingredient is coconut aminos, which taste rather like soy, you can buy them here.
Arrowroot flour is used to thicken the sauce but you can also use tapioca flour as either of these ingredients are paleo friendly.
You can make up a big batch of these meatballs and freeze half so you have a quick and easy dinner for another night.
And what do you serve then with? Well, they work really well served with steamed vegetables and cauliflower rice. You could even serve them in lettuce boats.
They also look very appetising with their dark, glossy sauce and juicy meat. You can sprinkle them with a spring onion garnish and serve them with some vibrant carrots to really make them pop off the plate.
If you are both paleo and vegan, you’ll want to try our Paleo Vegan Pizza Recipes
Next up on our rundown of paleo beef meatball recipes is one for fans of Mediterranean cuisine. This Greek inspired recipe uses a mixture of ground beef and ground lamb, but you can switch to all beef if you prefer.
The tzatziki is made using coconut cream which makes it thick and indulgent whilst still being refreshing.
You can make it ahead of time and let the flavours mingle, or prepare it last minute. These meatballs are enhanced with garlic, lemon juice, mint, coriander, cumin and oregano. Trust us – they are mouth-wateringly good.
You will feel like you are on holiday, eating at an authentic Greek Taverna.
Serve them on cocktail sticks so that you can dip them into the tzatziki. If the weather is nice then we thoroughly recommend eating them in the garden for a real Mediterranean experience.
Take a look at our guide to the Best Greek Restaurants in Sydney for some dining suggestions.
This paleo coconut curry with meatballs is a meal that the whole family will enjoy. The recipe uses ground pork but ground beef would work just as well.
The meatballs are spiked with cilantro, fragrant ginger, and warm spices which smell fantastic as they are cooking.
The rich sauce has creamy exotic coconut flavours. Tomatoes, onions and bell peppers add some texture to the sauce and make it even healthier.
The list of ingredients is quite long. However, once you have it all measured out the process of making the meatballs and the curry doesn’t actually take very long.
If you try this recipe it will surely become one of your go-to paleo beef meatball recipes and you will want to cook it every week.
For a mid-morning break, why not rustle up a batch of our fantastic Paleo-Friendly Scones?
Trying to order a Paleo friendly takeout is very difficult as you don’t know what the full list of ingredients are.
If you love ordering Chinese then you could try making these delicious sweet and sour paleo-friendly meatballs instead. After all, these are quick, easy and much healthier than takeout food.
Best of all, you can make this dish in one pan, so you won’t even have much washing up to do afterwards.
Fresh garlic and ginger really lift the flavour of the dish. Add your favourite hot sauce if you like your sweet and sour to have a kick!
These meatballs taste amazing when served with roasted or pan fried vegetables, like onions and bell peppers. You could even try some pineapple too.
If fiery Chinese food works for you, see our piece on the Best Sichuan Food in Melbourne
We can’t have a list of paleo beef meatball recipes without including some Swedish meatballs.
This is the ultimate comfort meal that is perfect for a cold day. Imagine coming home from a winter walk and dishing up a bowl of these tasty meatballs to tuck into while you warm up.
The meat is tender with a delicious savoury flavour and the sauce is creamy and so satisfying. Again, this recipe calls for a combo if beef and pork, but you can make them 100%, if you prefer.
The smell that wafts through your house as you make this dish will certainly get everyone to the table in time for dinner.
You can serve them with paleo friendly cauliflower rice and a tart berry jam like lingonberry or raspberry.
They are so good that you probably won’t have any leftovers, but if you do then you can freeze them to enjoy another day.
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This is a different take on Italian meatballs, using pesto to flavour the meat and serving them in a light tomato sauce.
The basil in the pesto pairs perfectly with the tomatoes, and those ingredients work together to bring out the rich umami notes of the meat.
You can make up a big batch of the paleo pesto and keep it in your fridge to use in all sorts of recipes. This will, of course, also make it much faster whenever you want to whip up these meatballs. In fact, you can even freeze portions of pesto to use at a later date. How convenient is that?
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You can bake the meatballs to make the recipe healthier, or fry them in a pan if you like those crispy bits of meat on the outside.
They are delicious served over a bed of zucchini spaghetti or spaghetti squash, or even enjoyed on their own.
Wondering what to make for breakfast? See our Paleo and Grain Free Porridge Recipes
You can still enjoy tasty Vietnamese meatballs even if you are on a paleo diet.
This recipe is easy to make and is packed full of all of the fresh and vibrant flavours that you would expect from Vietnamese cuisine.
The combination of lemongrass, ginger, garlic and chilli is aromatic and will excite your taste buds.
You can also add some fresh zesty lime if you want to. Pan frying the meatballs gives them a crispy, caramelised outside which adds extra flavour and texture to the dish.
The meatballs are served with low carb broccoli rice which is healthy and satisfying. You can also serve them with steamed or roasted vegetables.
If you haven’t tried Vietnamese cooking before then this recipe is a great place to start, as it is fairly simple and doesn’t take very long.
Lastly one our whizz through paleo beef meatball recipes are these Mexican Paleo Meatballs. And they are a definite crowd pleaser. You can make them for a family gathering, a dinner with friends or for a party.
You will love the bold flavours from the jalapenos, coriander (cilantro), cumin and paprika and you can add as much or as little chilli as you like.
The meatballs are baked in the oven to make them healthier than pan fried meatballs, but they are still tender and juicy.
The rich tomato sauce is thick and laced with those punchy flavors of cumin and chili, continuing the Mexican theme.
You can serve these Mexican meatballs with cauliflower rice or roasted vegetables.
Alternatively you could serve them with a refreshing salad of avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and sweetcorn.
Looking for a treat to finish off your meal? Perhaps our Grain-Free Paleo Chocolate Chia Seed Cake Recipes can tempt you?
You don’t have to give up your favourite dishes when you are on a paleo diet- there are plenty of fantastic recipes that you can try.
Even something as simple as meatballs can be cooked in lots of different ways to create exciting and tasty dishes for all of the family to enjoy.
These recipes are quick, easy, and nutritious, and there is something for everyone.