Meatballs with spicy chipotle tomato sauce

Meatballs with spicy chipotle tomato sauce

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Mexican chipotle pepper paste gives this everyday pork supper a smoky, spicy flavour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal406
  • fat20g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.5g


  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 large handfuls fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg



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  • 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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  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.

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1st Jun, 2020
Tasty dinner. My meatballs held up fine, but needed cooking longer than the time - I possibly made them too big (had about 20). The sauce was lovely, but I'm not sure the meatballs were worth the extra chopping and browning compared to store-bought ones. But a tasty end result that I'd make again.
9th Apr, 2019
Had some pork mince that needed using up, so stumbled across this recipe. I had everything except the coriander, and subbed ground almonds for the breadcrumbs. Worked a treat. Used chipotle in adobo in the sauce, nice and spicy.
2nd Jun, 2015
Really enjoyed this, had 2 pork fillets that needed to be used up, so made my own mince in the magimix and added wholemeal beardcrumbs, misread the recipe and added the garlic to the meatballs which didn't detract at all. I felt there was a lack of veg so added some petit pois from the freezer and also a chicken stock pot for added flavour...both worked really well...will definitely make again.
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27th Jun, 2014
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
31st Jan, 2014
Fantastic - used shop bought meatballs and made the sauce. Everyone loved it
25th Apr, 2013
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!
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11th Apr, 2013
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 :)
4th Feb, 2013
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.
10th May, 2012
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
19th Feb, 2012
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.


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