Veggie balls with tomato sauce and chili beans / Veggie balletjes met tomatensaus en chilibonen

Veggie balls, yum! This dish contains lentil balls with a tomato sauce with chili beans, carrots, mushrooms and capers. I use homemade tomato sauce and not canned tomato sauce, it tastes so much better when it’s homemade. This dish requires a bit more preparation and time than usual – but you will see it’s worth it.

Type: dinner

Season: summer, autumn, spring, winter

Ingredients for 4-6 servings

  • 2,2kg ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 carrots (I used orange, yellow and purple carrots)
  • 350gr mushrooms
  • 4 small onions
  • 300gr chili beans
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • optional: 4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  • pepper, parsley, basil, coriander, chili powder and paprika powder

Ingredients for 10-12 lentil balls

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 90gr green lentils
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • paprika powder, chili powder, pepper
  • half a handful of pecans
  • bit of salt

Ingrediënten voor 4-6 porties (Dutch)

  • 2,2kg rijpe tomaten
  • 2 teentjes knoflook
  • 5 wortels (ik gebruikte oranje, gele en paarse wortels)
  • 350gr paddenstoelen
  • 4 kleine uien
  • 300gr chilibonen
  • 2 eetlepels kappertjes
  • optioneel: 4 eetlepels Griekse yoghurt
  • peper, peterselie, basilicum, koriander, chilipoeder en paprikapoeder

Ingrediënten voor 10-12 linzenballetjes (Dutch)

  • 1 kleine ui
  • 1 teentje knoflook
  • 90gr groene linzen
  • 4 zongedroogde tomaten
  • paprikapoeder, chilipoeder, peper,
  • half handje pecannoten
  • beetje zout


Recipe for the lentil balls

  1. Wash and inspect the lentils.
  2. Cook water (twice the amount of the lentils). Add the lentils and cook gently for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot and let it soak for another 5 minutes. Drain the lentils and add a bit of salt.
  4. Chop the onion, sun-dried tomatoes, pecans and garlic in small pieces.
  5. Add all together and mix in a blender. Create small balls with your hands.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes in an oven on 200 degrees.


  1. Take a pot of water, add the chili beans, shield the pot and keep this in the fridge for about 8 hours. The chili beans will grow in size, so add enough water.
  2. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes. Chop them in pieces and cook for about 1 hour, until you have tomato sauce. I do not remove the peel for tomato sauce, but if you don’t like this, you can remove the peel.


  1. Cook the chili beans for about an hour.
  2. Chop the onion, carrots and mushrooms.
  3. Bake the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder and paprika powder.
  4. Add the carrots, mushrooms and capers and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato sauce and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add the (optional) Greek yogurt and spices.
  7. Serve with some fresh parsley and the lentil balls.

4 thoughts on “Veggie balls with tomato sauce and chili beans / Veggie balletjes met tomatensaus en chilibonen

  1. I definitely don’t think I’ve tried this before, but it looks amazing! Love the work that goes behind it as well, I can tell that it’s going to be full of flavor.

    What would you say is your favorite dish to make in general?

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    1. Thanks a lot Andrew! That is a very difficult question.. I like surprises and unexpected choices, or small touches to a dish that give a wonderful taste. For example uncooked kohlrabi in a polenta or raisins in a classical tomato sauce. Those are the recipes I like the most 🙂


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