Chipotle Meatballs

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Source:  Chef Rick Bayless / Mexican Everyday

This is a go-to recipe in our house! I like to serve it over quinoa to round out the meal and soak up the delicious sauce!

3 slices bacon in 1-inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 large eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/4 pounds ground pork
1/2 cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped mint leaves
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained of all but 1/4 cup juice
1 or 2 cans chipotle chilies in adobo, stemmed, seeded and sauce reserved
1 teaspoon dried oregano
about 1 1/2 cups beef or chicken broth

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  In a food processor, combine bacon and 1 garlic clove.  Process until finely chopped.  Add eggs, bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon salt.  Pulse several times until well combined but not a paste.  Remove meat from processor.

With wet hands, form meat into about 16 plum-size balls and space them out in a 13" x 9" baking dish.  Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

While meatballs bake, combine tomatoes, 1/4 cup tomato juice, chipotles, 1 to 2 tablespoons chipotle sauce, oregano, remaining garlic cloves (cut in half) and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor.  Process to a smooth puree.

When meatballs are ready, spoon off rendered fat from baking dish, then pour tomato mixture on top, covering meatballs evenly.  Bake until sauce has thickened somewhat, 15 to 20 minutes.

Heat broth in a small saucepan.  Divide meatballs among four dinner plates, leaving sauce behind.  Stir enough broth into sauce to give it a spoonable consistency.  Taste and season with salt, if necessary.  Spoon sauce over meatballs, decorate with extra mint leaves, if you wish, and serve.



Go Back


pepper yellow onion bloody mary gratin panzanella vegetable pine nuts capers pineapple fondue turnips chicken dinner salad pancake bread pudding couscous tart cranberry gorgonzola strata Apple bulgar wheat fritter peas polenta oats lemon grass fennel jack cheese turnip chipotle plums fennel bulb celebration chilies Dressing gazpacho tortillas bosc habanero steak anchovy Salsa cauliflower cockaigne watercress pumpkin celery root cilantro prosciutto radishes basil knots Red Onion walnuts vinaigrette curry bell pepper berry buttermilk apples sandwich swiss spiced winter squash pie kirsch sour cream mustard greens biscuits Potato shiitake baby bok choy leeks carrots pecans zucchini strawberry shrunken heads carrot fronds ramps celery hearts potatoes chicken peach chocolate baguette absinthe coeur a la creme kohlrabi maple syrup Shitake Mushrooms spring kluski tostadas chiles Side shitake brown sugar barley walnut oil cake cornmeal dilly garlic butter olives gouda yogurt cantaloupe pudding bbq Jerusalem artichoke celeriac Butternut parmigiano conserve fraiche Squash autumn latkes chili remoulade rouille Leek crisp artichoke Recipes nectarine Poblano Chili goat Cheese egg noodles chorizo tuscan honey jam feta chives verde muffins mint caesar wheat flour slaw carrot top Tomatillos Salad dill strawberries pasta vanilla wafers rhubarb maple collins green pepper tomatoe tomato corn pie compote lettuce onions blue cheese Spinach Kale Farmers' Market pork bruschetta thai sweet potato coriander fritters pecan wasabi plum almonds sandwiches meatballs bulgar blueberry asparagus stuffing Swiss Chard flank steak pork chop Drinks cointreau white beans Spread sunchokes pickled arugula peppers beet greens egg anise Soup buckwheat chimichurri mushroom hazelnuts Greens snow peas sherry tenderloin chili peppers beet wrap carrot tops beef Cranberry Beans sweet dijon scallions green beans Tomatoes beer coconut milk onion cream cheese bean fennel seeds sausage radish coeur kalamata Beans currants bayeldi parmesan beets melon pesto frittata Chevre spelt Bread cream almond milk jack shallots scapes crepes syrup sauce tomato juice Cider shelling mushrooms Eggplant flank bacon creme cheese Rice wine vinegar gruyere gin poblano chimmichurri eggs Vegan daisy reggiano vegetarian imam tomato sour Corn heavy whipping cream cucumber casserole plum tomatoes bok choy hickory pears sesame roasted okra paste