Chipotle Meatballs in Spicy Sauce with Rice

Recipes | Dinner, Main Dish
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Prep Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
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.


  • Sauce
  • 3 large tomatoes, boiled or roasted and peeled or 1 can (14. 5 oz.) tomatoes
  • 1 small white onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • .25 cup green hot sauce
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • Meatballs
  • 2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
  • ½ cups chipotle pepper sauce
  • ½ cups green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs (soaked in ¼ cup milk)
  • 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute
  • ½ cup cilantro

Try this tasty recipe for Chipotle Meatballs in Spicy Sauce with Rice, which is not only packed with grains but is also under 500 calories.


  1. In a blender, place tomatoes, white onion, garlic and green hot sauce; blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour tomato mixture and broth into large sauce pan and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. While sauce simmers, in a large bowl, mix ground beef, chipotle sauce, green onions, bread crumbs, eggs and cilantro.
  4. 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.