Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

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For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobe sauce (from can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


To make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except the canola oil. Shape heaping teaspoons of the mixture into 1-inch balls. In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, wiping pan in between, saute the meatballs, turning frequently for even browning, until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate.

To make the sauce:

Heat oil in the same Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.

Add the browned meatballs to the Dutch oven and toss gently to coat with sauce.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Clayton Cottrell on Feb 10, 2013

    i have a french project in which we have to make our own cafeteria in school..so our restaurant’s name is Spice It Up!!!We want some names of spicy food please help me

  2. posted by Duke on Feb 10, 2013

    Whenever i make meatballs i end up putting too much, or too little breadcrumbs in. What would be around the correct amount for 1lb of ground beef?

    Anyone have a good recipe for italian meatballs? Lemmie know. thanks.

  3. posted by Cliffy N on Mar 16, 2013

    We are bringing finger foods to work tomorrow in honor of the Fourth of July. What are some easy/simple recipes that you really enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  4. posted by Johnky J on Mar 20, 2013

    a NEW YEARS EVE party we are going to have? I want something warm because it’s so cold out.

  5. posted by therundown2k3 on Mar 24, 2013

    my son’s birthday is next saturday and i dont no what to do for food need some tips

  6. posted by Gamer959 on Mar 28, 2013

    Having a party friday with about 10 friends and need some ideas on finger foods. I’m already planning on making bbq ribs.

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