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Albondigas in Chipotle sauce

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Serves 4

Great recipe for meat-ball lovers, in rich tomato sauce with a Latin twist

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  • Ingredients:
  • 1 kg pounds ground beef or pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Chipotle Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
  • Chipotle Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 L cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup canned chipotles in sauce, its smoked Mexican chilies (available in the International section of most supermarkets)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-ounce unsweetened chocolate chopped into small bits
  • Salt and black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place ground meat into a large mixing bowl, making sure to break meat into smaller pieces.
    2. the rest of the ingredients and mix by hand until all the ingredients are well blended. Don't overwork or the meatballs will be mealy. Form into 1-ounce balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place them closely together on a sheet pan.
    3. Place the pan into the top half of the oven and cook until the meatballs are just firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and drop into the Chipotle Tomato Sauce. Simmer 5 minutes and serve.
    4. Put the tomato sauce, chipotles with sauce and the rest of the ingredients into a large, heavy bottomed saucepan. Stir well and place over high heat until the sauce begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, being sure to stir every 10 to 15 minutes so it doesn't burn.
    5. Serve with white rice or mashed potatoes

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26th Aug, 2014
Tried this after having the dish in Granada. Excellent recipe, very tasty. Sauce was a little thick so loosened up with a good Roija. The dark chocolate is an interesting twist. Couldn't find ground meat so bought goid quality mince and chopped finely. Will make again.
2nd Sep, 2012
I have to say I thought this was wonderful. I couldn't get canned chipotles so I used chipotle paste and added 2 tsp to the tomato sauce. But it's the meatballs I was really pleased with, and everyone else enjoyed them. Will be making this again in the future.
1st Apr, 2012
Its absolutely a great Idea for a stronger flavor. however, adding the chipotle into the sauce, then cooking the meat in the Chipotle is enough to infuse the flavor, that's my personal taste. but still you can add many other ingredients to adjust the dish up to your certain standards. Happy Eating
21st Feb, 2012
Nice recipe, but needs a lot more seasoning than what is listed. Try adding a good bit of cumin and white pepper powder to the meatballs and shallots to the sauce.
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