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Mexican Style Meatballs

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"Yummy miniature meatballs in a chipotle tomato sauce. I have been serving these for years at various events and never take leftovers home. They are easy to prepare and freeze well for pre-planning."
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1 h 10 m servings 245
Original recipe yields 20 servings (40 meatballs)


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  1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef and pork, eggs, bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and water using your hands. Form into 1 inch meatballs, and set aside on a piece of waxed paper.
  2. Pour the diced tomatoes into the container of a blender along with the chipotle peppers. Blend until smooth, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the remaining garlic and cumin, and cook for a few minutes to release the aromas. Pour in the tomato mixture and chicken broth. Season with the remaining teaspoon of salt, and mix well. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat while you brown the meatballs.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add meatballs, but do not crowd them. Fry them in two batches if necessary. Cook, stirring occasionally until browned on the outside. Remove from the skillet, and place into the pot of simmering sauce. Let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for about 30 minutes. Longer will not hurt them.
  5. For special occasions, serve the meatballs in a chafing dish with the sauce, and garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 245 calories; 15.9 9.8 14.3 70 473 Full nutrition

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The very best meatballs I have ever had, and probably the best recipe I have ever found on One addition that I add to each meatball is to dice up some string cheese and place a c...

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I thought It's was ok but my daughter and boyfriend loved it!

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The very best meatballs I have ever had, and probably the best recipe I have ever found on One addition that I add to each meatball is to dice up some string cheese and place a c...

Excellent appetizer! I cooked the meatballs in the oven on a broiler pan at 400 degrees instead of frying them to save time and clean up, and they were great.

I loved this sauce! I needed some Mexican appetizers for a party but didn't have a ton of time, so I just bought a bag of frozen meatballs and put this sauce together the night before. Then the ...

These were delicious! I followed the recipe almost exactly and they came out awesome. The only change I made was to add an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce to the diced tomatoes. We love spicy food, an...

These were fantastic. Keep in mind that you must love chipotle peppers to really enjoy these meatballs, and there are some people that just don't like them. For those that are leaving out the ch...

These were fabulous! I did add more of the peppers and sauce, to make it more spicy. I also added some parmesan cheese. My husband LOVED them. We ate them as an appetizer, along with crackers ...

Great flavor, though I would recommend using less chicken broth for a thicker sauce.

The best meatballs I've ever made. I have never been able to make a tasty meatball I always used frozen.I put these on french bread for meatball subs. My son and his friends went nuts!!The best!...

I'll be making this one again, these ARE addicting! I was skeptical that so few ingredients could have much flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised! The meatballs are excellent, and the sauce i...