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Begin by gently sauteing the onions and garlic in a large pot with non fat cooking spray.
As the onions and garlic are cooking, puree the chipotles in adobo and set aside.
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.
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.
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.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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