Air Fried Jamaican Beef Meatballs with Lime-Coconut Yogurt

Portions:16 meatballs
Cooking Time:25 minutes
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  • 1 pound ground beef at room temperature
  • cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion grated on a box grater
  • 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile seeded and minced
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt or dairy yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lime


  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, dried breadcrumbs, curry powder, chopped fresh thyme leaves, ground allspice, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, grated yellow onion, and minced Scotch bonnet or habanero chile.
  • Mix with your hands until the mixture is evenly incorporated.
  • (Wear gloves if your skin is sensitive to chiles!
  • )
  • Divide the mixture into 16 portions and roll each one into a ball.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook at 350°F, shaking the basket halfway through, until the meatballs are golden brown on the outside and no longer pink in the middle, about 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut yogurt (or dairy yogurt), finely chopped fresh cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the cooked meatballs to plates and serve hot with the lime-coconut yogurt sauce for dipping.

Notes / Tips / Wine Advice:

Wine Advice:

These flavorful Jamaican beef meatballs pair well with a chilled light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. The crisp acidity and refreshing citrus notes of these wines complement the spicy and savory flavors of the meatballs, while the coconut yogurt sauce provides a creamy contrast, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 160 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 10 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g
Cuisine Jamaica
Diets Dairy free