Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Chili Sauce

"for Mexican food lovers. Preparing this one day ahead brings out more the flavors. From Chicago Cooks' Mary Wilkinson."
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60 meatballs




  • For the meatballs, combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl, mix with hands. Refrigerate and cover for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile for the sauce, if using fresh tomatoes, place on a cooking sheet and broil, turning once or twice until the skins bister and blacken, about 10 minutes. Peel the skin off tomatoes and place the peeled (or canned tomatoes) in to a blender or food processor.
  • Put the garlic and onion into a hot, dry skillet and cook, turning occasionally, over medium heat, until the garlic is lightly browned and the onion is lightly scorched,.
  • Add to the blender along with 1/2 cup broth, chipotles to taste (start with 1), cinnamon, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth, Taste, and add more chipotles if desired.
  • Heat oil in a large , heavy and deep skillet over medium heat until quite hot but not smoking. Add the tomato mixture and "fry" until it thikckens (it will splatter), about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaning 2 cups broth and heat to a boil. Stir in mint. Taste again, adjust salt and pepper, and add some adobo from the canned chilies if not spicy enough.
  • Shape the meat mixture into meatballs (about 1 inch diameter), the mixture should make 60 meatballs. Add the meatballs to the sauce, Shake the pan once or twice in the first 5 minutes of cooking to prevent sticking. Simmer slowly until the meatballs are done, about 30 minutes.

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  1. We enjoyed this easy, flavorful recipe for dinner last night. I used the canned fire roasted tomatoes, about 5 chipotle chilies in adobo, and Mexican oregano. I think next time I would halve the cinnamon to suit our personal tastes as it was very pronounced in this dish. This was nice over jasmine rice. Made for ZWT5.
  2. I loved these meatballs! The spice mixture is right on! It was fun to make the sauce. Never "fried" sauce before. I served this over pasta. It was enjoyed by the whole family! made for ZWT 5.
  3. These make for a fantastic tasting meatballs! Going to be using more of that flat leaf parsley when making meatballs for sure! Other than using a touch less cinnamon (easing the family into using it in main dishes) and using regular canned chili peppers because that was what I had on hand I made as directed with wonderful results. Love those recipes of yours!
  4. Haha I picked this recipe because it had no ratings. I can see it's quickly become a favourite. We loved the sauce, it's interesting as this is the way I was taught to make Indian curries (i.e. fry the sauce) so right away I could see this would produce a rich and delicious meal. Both of us had some the next day for lunch and it was just as good and made for wonderful leftovers. I minced the onion with my pork (made my own mince) and it worked out well. This was really easy to make and I loved the fact that you don't have to brown the meatballs first. Thanks for posting Pneuma. Made for Aussie/Kiwi Recipe Swap June 09.
  5. Yum! I made a 1/2 batch of these and froze the extras. I made this as directed using Mexican oregano, cilantro and used a little extra adobo sauce and served it over rice. Very nice mix of flavors. Thanks Pneuma for a nice meal. Made for ZWT5 2009 Family Picks.


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