Chipotle Pork Meatballs In Spicy Red Sauce

November 29, 2011 in Dinner, FOOD

Chipotle Pork Meatballs In Spicy Red Sauce
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


MEATBALLS: Yields 45
• 4 pounds ground pork as col as possible
• 8 pieces of bacon, minced
• 4 eggs beaten lightly
• 1 ¼ cup bread crumbs
• 4 scallions minced- whites and all
• ½ cup finely cut cilantro
• 6 cloves of garlic minced
• 1 Tablespoon chipotle powder
• 1 Tablespoon pepper powder

• 1 ½ large onions, chopped
• 8 cloves of garlic minced
• 1 small can chipotles in red sauce (adobo) minced – approx.. 3-4 peppers
• 2 – 28 oz cans low sodium crushed tomatoes
• 1 small can mild Rotel
• 2 Tablespoons oregano
• Remaining pieces of bacon from package cut into thin strips
• Reserved bacon fat
• Olive Oil if necessary after sweating bacon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1. Mix all meat ball ingredients together in a large bowl by hand until everything is incorporated but not overworked into mush because they will not be delicate after cooking.

2. Working quickly, use a scoop to form 45 balls and place them on a foiled lined backing sheet until lightly browned for about 20 minutes.

3. After the meatballs are in the oven, sweat the bacon over medium heat allowing them to release their fat but not brown then sauté the onions in bacon fat (add olive oil if there is not enough) until they become slightly translucent. Add garlic and oregano and continue to cook for 2 minutes adding the chipotles at the end stirring for another minute. Add the rotel, cans of tomatoes and stir well. After 5 minutes slowly add the chipotle red sauce to taste- REMEMBER you can always add more but you cannot take it away so add slowly tasting often. Thicken sauce.

4. When meatballs are finished after 20 minutes, place them on some paper towels to drain for a minute before adding them to a shallow baking disk. Then cover with sauce and put back into the oven for about fifteen minutes.

5. Serve over mashed potatoes or brown rice and add a dollop of sour cream or crème fresh to cut the heat