Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

How to make Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce.

Ingredients: Serves 8

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons white onion chopped
  • 12 tablespoons chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
  • 1 chipotle chilli in adobo sauce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 to 3 fresh cilantro sprigs or to taste

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat with the eggs, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  2. Mix thoroughly with your hands or a spatula.
  3. Place tomatoes in a saucepan and cover with water.
  4. Simmer over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until cooked through and mushy.
  5. In a blender, add the cooked tomatoes along with 1/4 cup of their cooking liquid, 2 garlic cloves, white onion, the sauce from the chipotle chillies in adobo and, if desired, one whole seeded chipotle chilli.
  6. Purée until smooth.
  7. Pour the oil into a large soup pot and place over medium-high heat.
  8. Once hot, pour in the puréed tomato mix.
  9. Let it simmer, with the lid ajar, anywhere from 6 to 8 minutes, or until it has changed its colour to a deeper red, thickened in consistency and lost its raw flavour.
  10. Add the chicken broth and salt to taste and reduce heat to medium low.
  11. Place a small mixing bowl with water to the side of the soup pot with the simmering tomato broth.
  12. Wet your hands and start to make the meatballs, one by one.
  13. They should be anywhere from 1 to 2″.
  14. Once you have shaped all the meatballs, gently place them in the simmering tomato broth.
  15. Add the cilantro sprigs to the pot, then simmer over medium-low heat for 25 to 30 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with rice and enjoy!
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