Smoky Mexican meatball stew

Smoky Mexican meatball stew

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
A simple spicy meatball recipe that makes a great alternative to beef chilli

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal577
  • fat22g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g beef mince
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • 1½ tbsp chipotle paste
  • 200g basmati rice
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 400g can kidney bean, drained and rinsed
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • small handful coriander, to serve


  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.

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21st Sep, 2012
My meatballs fell apart so thought should be fine as a kinda chilli type dish did not have any taste :-(
19th Jun, 2012
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.
25th Jan, 2012
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.
25th Jan, 2012
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.
18th Jan, 2012
What would be a good substitute for the chipolte paste? Can't find it anywhere!


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