Chipotle Meatballs in Spicy Sauce with Rice

Chipotle Meatballs in Spicy Sauce with Rice

Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, Grain Foods Foundation
Olé! We’re spicing up spaghetti and meatballs with a Mexican flair. Plenty of chipotle pepper keeps things interesting, while a bed of rice offers a balance to the dish.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Southwestern
Servings 8 people



  • 3 large tomatoes boiled or roasted and peeled or 1 can (14. 5 oz.) tomatoes
  • 1 small white onion quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth


  • 2 lbs 2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs (soaked in ¼ cup milk)
  • 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup cilantro


  • In a blender, place tomatoes, white onion, garlic and green hot sauce; blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour tomato mixture and broth into large sauce pan and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • While sauce simmers, in a large bowl, mix ground beef, chipotle sauce, green onions, bread crumbs, eggs and cilantro.
  • Shape about 2 to 3 tablespoons of beef mixture into a ball. Drop formed meatballs into simmering sauce, cover, and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over hot rice.


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Keyword Chipotle, Rice
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