Chipotle Meatballs

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My eyes were opened to a lot of delicious Mexican food once I moved to California from the East Coast and one of the most surprisingly delicious dishes I have tried has been what is called albondigas, which is a Mexican meatball that is flavored with chipotles and either served with rice or in a taco. I had never considered meatballs as a taco filling, but once I tried them I was hooked. This dish is surprisingly simple to make and has become a favorite at weekend dinners with friends. You could also make it with ground turkey, chicken, or pork and it would be delicious.

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Chipotle Meatballs

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  • 1 1/4 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 28 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 U onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 U egg
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 U bay leaf
  • 2 U chipotle peppers in adobo

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
4 meatballs (307g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 108mg
Sodium 1 010mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Protein 28g


  1. Begin by gently sauteing the onions and garlic in a large pot with non fat cooking spray.
  2. As the onions and garlic are cooking, puree the chipotles in adobo and set aside.
  3. Once the onions and garlic become tender, add the tomato sauce, a bay leaf, salt, pepper, and slowly add in the chipotle puree tasting along the way until it reaches your desired spice level. Set aside the remaining puree to add as a salsa for the tacos or over the rice to add some additional heat if desired. Let the sauce simmer.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, and chopped cilantro. Combine until just mixed together. The roll the meat using your hands into meatballs about the size of a rounded tablespoon. The recipe should yield around 20 meatballs.
  5. Drop the meatballs in the simmering tomato sauce and let simmer for between 30-45 minutes until the meat is cooked through. Serve in corn tortillas or over rice with some chopped onions, cilantro, and additional chipotle puree if desired. These can also be a great party appetizer and taste even better the next day.


Cilantro and chopped onion for garnish

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5 servings 4 meatballs (307g) 215 cal 12 g 7 g 28 g 3 g 3 g 108 g 1010 g 8 g

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