Smoky Mexican meatball stew

Smoky Mexican meatball stew

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A simple spicy meatball recipe that makes a great alternative to beef chilli

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
577
protein
30g
carbs
60g
fat
22g
saturates
8g
fibre
4g
sugar
8g
salt
1.1g

Ingredients

  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 400g beef mince
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • 1½ tbsp chipotle paste
  • 200g basmati rice
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • small handful coriander, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan. Cook the onion for 8-10 mins until soft, then remove from the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, place the mince, breadcrumbs, spices and chipotle paste in a bowl, season generously and mix thoroughly. Roll mixture into 20 walnut-sized meatballs. Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the meatballs for about 8 mins until brown all over.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the rice following pack instructions. Return the onion to the pan, adding the tomatoes, as well as a can full of water. Simmer for 5 mins, then add the kidney beans and cook for a further 10 mins, until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through. Season the meatballs, scatter with coriander and serve with the rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2012

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Zoecheese's picture

Just made this for dinner and it was amazing. I added a sprinkling of dried chilli seeds and the only thing I'll do differently next time is use two cans of chopped tomatoes and no extra water. Would definitely, comfortably serve four.

rosievimes's picture
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Was really excited to try this recipe but I have to say it was disappointing. Followed the recipe as stated but the meatballs fell apart and disintergrated, and I was left with a chilli of sorts; not a particularly flavoursome one at that!

Rob Johnson's picture
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Nice flavoured meatballs, though the sauce was quite watery and bland, more onion, garlic and tomato purée should sort it.

jadh92's picture
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Thought this was lovely, was a better watery at the end just left to simmer for longer, simples will do again :)

jamkier's picture

made this as the recipe said, meatballs were brilliant overall dish wash tasty would defo make it again

bethocallaghan's picture
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ok but I've had better similar recipes.

jthomson1975's picture
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My meatballs fell apart so thought should be fine as a kinda chilli type dish did not have any taste :-(

lizzafezza's picture
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I was short on time so did a deconstructed version. I added sweetcorn. I will make this again, properly next time, my toddlers wolfed it down.

lubi_j's picture

RR - You could try smoked paprika which should be easier to get. It gives a smoky flavour and its got a good kick to it. Tabasco do a chipolte sauce as well, in the same style bottle as tabasco sauce which you could prob get in a big supermarket if you can't find any paste.

fuji115's picture

You can get it in big Waitrose in Mexican section It gives the dish very unique hot smoky flavour. You can substitute with other spice, but this will be a different dish then.

rosiejs's picture

What would be a good substitute for the chipolte paste? Can't find it anywhere!

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