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Crockpot Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce recipe make a juicy meatball in a spicy-saucy chipotle sauce They make an easy appetizer or dinner with a nice kick.

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Long white plate heaped with meatballs covered in a red spicy chipotle sauce and garnished with shredded cheese and fresh cilantro

Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce recipe is perfect as a main dish or an easy crockpot meatball appetizer.

Making them in the crockpot makes them perfect for hands-off serving and a great dish to make and take!

Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce recipe is super easy and makes some delicious, super moist meatballs.

The simple chipotle sauce that’s slathered around the meatballs adds a nice subtle kick without overwhelming heat. Which is perfect for my wimpy taste buds.

We made this Chipotle Meatballs crockpot recipe for a party that we attended as an appetizer.

We started this easy meatball recipe earlier in the day and transported them in the crockpot.

Setting them to warm for serving kept them warm all evening. We love how everyone can help themselves to crockpot appetizers.

How to make Mexican Meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground meat, bread crumbs, Milk, eggs, chili powder, garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cumin.
  2. Roll into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and place them on baking sheets lined with foil.
  3. Bake.
  4. Spray a crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Stir in tomatoes, chipotle peppers, broth, garlic, oregano, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cumin. Add the meatballs and cook on high for 3 hours.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

This recipe made a bazillion meatballs so we were able to bring some home.

You can heat up the leftovers in the microwave for an easy lunch or stuff them into a hoagie roll or tortilla for another easy meal.

What to serve with Mexican Meatballs? We served them for dinner over my favorite 4-Ingredient Tomatillo Rice. You could also serve them with a delicious side of our Cherry Chipotle Salad.

White plate with 4 large Mexican Meatballs covered in Chipotle sauce sitting on a layer of green-tinted tomatillo rice over a green napkin.

Chipotle, what does that mean?

Chipotle is a smoked jalapeno pepper. The jalapeno pepper has thicker walls that prevent them from drying like other peppers.

Smoking was intended to preserve them. The result is a delicious smoky spicy flavor profile perfect for Mexican Meatballs recipes.

You could definitely kick up the heat for people, like John, that like more of the inferno effect.

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White platter over a green napkin heaped with meatballs slathered in a red chipotle sauce garnished with cilantro all served with bamboo pics.

You May Need:

  • Scoops – When I make meatballs or cookies or anything that I want to be a similar size, I use scoops. They not only look better but they cook evenly too. I use a larger scoop when serving these meatballs for dinner or a smaller one when serving them as an appetizer
  • Instant Read Thermometer – I have this brand but my thermometer cost about 9 times what this one does. I’ve had mine for several years but would go a little less expensive especially with these great reviews.
  • Crock-Pot Slow Cooker – I like this brand and that it can be programmed. The lid can be locked for no-spill transportation.

Other recipes using Chipotle Sauce:

The only changes that I’ve made to this recipe over the years is that I now bake this crockpot meatball appetizer is to brown them instead of using a skillet and hot oil on the stovetop.

It’s less mess and I can bake them all at the same time instead of browning in batches.

They’re a little better for us by skipping the hot oil too.

Recipes with a Mexican twist:

White platter with mexican flavored meatballs in a red chipotle sauce garnished with cilantro
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5 from 5 votes

Crockpot Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

This Mexican Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce recipe is easy and makes some delicious meatballs. The sauce adds a nice subtle kick without overwhelming heat.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings 24
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground meat I used a combination of beef and pork
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk almond, skim, whatever you prefer
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 28 oz fire-roasted tomatoes diced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium/fat free chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
  • 3 chipotles in adobo chopped (more for additional heat)
  • Cilantro chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400◦F.  Line two baking sheets with foil and spray them with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground meat, bread crumbs, Milk, eggs, chili powder, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and cumin. Roll into 1 tablespoon sized balls.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Spray a crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Stir in tomatoes, chipotle peppers, broth, garlic, oregano and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cumin. Add meatballs and cook on high for 3 hours. Stir in chopped cilantro prior to serving.

Notes

Adapted from Family Circle May 2015.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 132mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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I have a great love for this recipe. It was one of the few recipes that brought me traffic at the beginning of my blogging life.

My photos were horrible even though I was so proud of them a the time.

Recipe Rating




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Monday 30th of March 2020

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Sunday 5th of January 2020

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Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 5th of May 2019

These meatballs are delicious. Super flavorful, not spicy hot which is the way we love Mexican food! GREAT idea for a party or family meal.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Thank you, Sandra!

debi at Life Currents

Sunday 5th of May 2019

Anything Mexican flavor and made in the crock pot, I'm in. These will be fabulous for a party!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

I'm with you! Thank you!

Deb

Saturday 4th of May 2019

Love this recipe and all of the information!! Adding to my round-up, it's just amazing!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Thank you so much Deb!