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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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Pour the diced tomatoes into the container of a blender along with the chipotle peppers. Blend until smooth, and set aside.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • For special occasions, serve the meatballs in a chafing dish with the sauce, and garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

245.2 calories; 14.3 g protein; 9.8 g carbohydrates; 69.6 mg cholesterol; 473.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2006
The very best meatballs I have ever had, and probably the best recipe I have ever found on allrecipes.com. One addition that I add to each meatball is to dice up some string cheese and place a chunk in the middle of each one. Makes the meatballs taste even better. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/04/2011
I thought It's was ok but my daughter and boyfriend loved it! Read More
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75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2006
The very best meatballs I have ever had, and probably the best recipe I have ever found on allrecipes.com. One addition that I add to each meatball is to dice up some string cheese and place a chunk in the middle of each one. Makes the meatballs taste even better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2006
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 day of party I just threw the meatballs in the crock pot with the sauce and a few hours later they were done! Everyone loved them. I think I could have threw in about twice the chipotles though. Maybe the brand I got was a mild one. But I do like it spicy!! Thanks for a great recipe. I'll definitely be making these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2006
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 and therefore LOVED these meatballs. I would not recommend them for the wimpy eaters! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2008
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 chipotle in this recipe and replacing with something else you may be getting a good meatball but you are not getting the meatball this recipe is intending to offer you are getting a different meatball and seems unfair to rate it. The chipotle is a main ingredient in this recipe. Thanks for posting your delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2004
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 and cheese;however I think the leftovers would be good over some rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2007
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!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2006
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 is fantastic! I had to add some sugar to the sauce as often is the case with tomatoes as they always vary in their sweetness. I halved the recipe and got about 90 one inch-ish meatballs. I think I'll make them 1.5 inches next time as they shrink when browning. Thanks for an easy yet wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2010
Great flavor though I would recommend using less chicken broth for a thicker sauce. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/04/2011
I thought It's was ok but my daughter and boyfriend loved it! Read More
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