Meatballs with spicy chipotle tomato sauce

Meatballs with spicy chipotle tomato sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Mexican chipotle pepper paste gives this everyday pork supper a smoky, spicy flavour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
406
protein
31g
carbs
26g
fat
20g
saturates
6g
fibre
3g
sugar
10g
salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 large handfuls fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 medium red onions, ¼ finely chopped, the rest sliced
  • small bunch coriander leaves and stems, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 400ml passata
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • potatoes or rice, to serve

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Method

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the pork, breadcrumbs, egg, finely chopped onions and the chopped coriander leaves. Season, mix well and shape into small meatballs. Over a medium heat, add 1 tbsp of the oil to a large frying pan and brown the meatballs on all sides, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining oil, sliced onion, garlic, coriander stems and some salt. Cook for 5 mins, then add the passata and chipotle paste. Pour in 100ml water and stir well, then simmer for 10 mins before adding the meatballs and cooking for a further 5 mins. Serve with potatoes or rice and scatter with the extra coriander leaves.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2012

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Pee's picture

Added a clove of garlic to the meatballs. I also prefer not to fry meatballs and cooked them in the oven at gas mark 5 instead for 20 mins, reheating them in the sauce. Served with tagliatelle .... Yum! Spicytastic! Used discovery hot chipotle paste.

Caroline M's picture
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Fantastic - used shop bought meatballs and made the sauce. Everyone loved it

xinael's picture
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Chipotle is my new favourite flavour after trying this recipe, I use it any time a recipe calls for chilli powder and it's fantastic. Asda and Sainsbury's both stock it in small jars. This stuff tastes fantastic and is pretty cheap. But if you can't find it anywhere or if you're adventurous you can also make your own from red jalapenos if they're available at, say, your local market. There are loads of guides online but it boils down to using indirect heat on a barbeque to dry the peppers out and infuse them with smokey flavour, then rehydrating them later when you need to use them. Definitely worth a go!

ccurrie's picture
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These were absolutely fantastic! Got the chipotle paste from Asda. Forgot to get eggs so I searched online and someone suggested using a little bit of mayonaise. Worked fantastically and meatballs stayed together really well. Went straight to the top of my boyfriend's 'favourites' list and I will be making them again in the very near future :)

handsonpaws's picture
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The sauce was really good, I used 2tbs chipotle and it was nice and spicy. The meatballs weren't very remarkable, they'll need pepping up next time I make this.

richygill's picture
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Chilled the meatballs for 30 min then when frying turned them gently with tongs until browned, kept them together. Added a heep of nice and lazy chilli, and used 160g of Chipotle Chilli sauce instead of paste, you get it in the mexican section in Asda. Went down a treat, guests loved it.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Couldn't find chipotle paste so used 1/2 tbsp of smoked paprika instead. Very easy to make. They also stayed in good shape whilst cooking. Served with rice.

lizleicester's picture
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Cheated with pre-made meatballs but the chipotle sauce was delicious and transformed them to a tasty treat.

bethocallaghan's picture
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My meatballs didn't collapse, always chill them after rolling them up. But I didn't think it was amazingly interesting.

engrenages's picture
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Could not get find any chipotle paste so used chipotle Tabasco. My meatballs fell apart when browning in the oil so it ended up like a miced pork keema. Thought the sauce was a bit bland, so I put in lots of black pepper and extra Tabasco. Think a better way would be to bake the meatballs in the oven, then there would be a better chance of the dish looking like it did in the picture!

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