Meatballs in chipotle sauce

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Create layers of flavour in this simple, Mexican-inspired dish that can be served with rice, pasta or boiled potatoes.

Spicy kick ... Meatballs in chipotle sauce.
Photo: William Meppen

Ingredients

  • 300g beef mince
  • 300g pork mince
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • manchego or pecorino cheese, to serve
  • Sauce
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 chillies from a can of chipotle chillies in adobo sauce, strained, plus 1 tsp of the strained sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Method

To make the sauce, place the tomatoes, chillies plus 1 tsp of their sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano and salt in a blender.

Add the chicken stock and process until quite smooth.

To make the meatballs, place the beef, pork, cumin, garlic, 1 tsp salt and a grind of pepper in a bowl.

Mix well, then stir in the breadcrumbs, eggs and milk.

To check the seasoning, cook a small amount of mixture and taste it.

Form the mince mixture into small balls about the diameter of a 20-cent piece.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat with a splash of olive oil.

Add the meatballs and brown gently for 2 minutes.

Add the sauce and cook gently for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce starts to thicken.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until the sauce has reduced to about half its original volume and coats the meatballs.

To serve, spoon the meatballs onto a serving plate, and grate a little manchego or pecorino over the top.

Correction: The quanitity of the chipotle chillies in adobo sauce has been clarified from the original version of this piece.

 

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  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    2 cans of chipotle chillies sounds like an awfully hot sauce - can you confirm that's correct?
    thanks

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    Gail
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    February 15, 2013, 6:02PM
    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      I agree with Gail. 2 cans of of chipotle chillies would be inedible. I wonder if he meant 2 _canned_ chipotle chillies, NOT 2 cans? Besides, chipotle chillies in adobo sauce come in more than one size.

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      csutak
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 9:48PM
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cans cannot be correct. Unless he's saying just to strain the juice from the chilies...but that's a horrible waste of $7 of perfectly good chipotles. It's nonsensical.

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      luke
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      February 25, 2013, 2:18PM
    • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

      Thought this looked amazing. 2 x 200gm cans of chipotle. Flavours awesome but indelible. Way way to hot

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      PJT
      Location
      Wellington
      Date and time
      March 07, 2013, 7:37PM
    • Hello everyone,

      Please accept our apologies over the mistake in this recipe. We've spoken to Neil Perry and the correct quantity of chipotle chilli is as follows:

      2 chillies from a can of chipotle chillies in adobo sauce, strained, plus 1 tsp of the sauce.

      A lot less fiery, I'm sure you'd all agree!

      Thanks for perservering with this recipe and for all your feedback.

      Regards

      The Good Food team

       

       

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      goodfood.com.au team
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      March 13, 2013, 5:50PM
    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      If you look at the recipe ingredients list it says 2 chillies from a can. I've been using Chipolte chilli in Adobe sauce for more than 20 years. And Neil dear cousin of mine has long burnt his taste buds on chillies. Just the adobe sauce would be enough for most people. But if you like it hot two chillies is heaps. I freeze the left overs in two chilli portions.

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      Petal
      Location
      Sylvania
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 8:06AM
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    I am still wondering about the Chipotle sauce. It comes in two different size cans, so what size? I would really prefer to be given a weight, so there can be no confusion. In fact, it is my pet peeve when measurements are given in cups/spoons and can sizes. These things are open to interpretation, especially as these vary in different countries (even if it was possible to accurately measure with those)

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    csutak
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    February 16, 2013, 2:46PM
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    Great, rich flavour but the sauce was waaaaay to hot for my family. Next time I'll halve the quantity of chipotle in adobe and it will still be hot enough for us.

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    onetui
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    February 17, 2013, 10:02AM
    • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

      So, can you tell us how many chipotle in adobe you've used? 2 chillies, or two cans?

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      csutak
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 11:30PM
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    Ah yes it should be just one or two peppers. Tins of the stuff would be killer.

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    chavo
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    February 20, 2013, 1:12PM

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