Chipotle Meatball Chili

Chipotle Meatball Chili

The idea behind this recipe for Chipotle Meatball Chili was sparked by my Mom. She was busily making meatballs last week when I heard her say “I almost put Chile powder in the meatballs.” Chile powder in meatballs? I loved the sound of it! That’s how this Meatball Chili was born.

This was absolutely delicious! It was a complete and much-needed comfort meal paired with green tomato and Swiss cheese corn muffins. The meatballs are tender and very spicy with a crusty coating from pan-frying and are swimming in a sea of warm, zesty spices and sauteed aromatics surrounded by earthy white beans and crisp corn off the cob. So incredibly hearty and satisfying!

Chipotle Meatball Chili

Chipotle Meatball Chili
(by Reeni)

For the Meatballs:
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Chipotle peppers in Adobo, minced, and mashed with a fork
1 tablespoon parsley
2 teaspoons Chile powder
1 teaspoon Worcestshire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Oil for sautéing

For the Chili:
Oil for sautéing
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced in 1-inch long pieces
1-2 jalepenos, diced, seeds and ribs removed(for extra heat add them in)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Chipotle peppers in Adobo, minced and mashed with a fork
1 tablespoon Chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
14 and ½ ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
1 can small white beans or cannelini beans with juices
1 ear of corn or ½ cup frozen or canned(drained) corn
1/2 cup water

In a large bowl combine all the meatball ingredients. Heat a large skillet/saute pan over medium-low heat. Add a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil. Form the meatballs into 1-inch or smaller size meatballs. Place in heated oil and brown on all sides in two batches.

While the meatballs are cooking saute the onion, green pepper, and jalepenos in a tablespoon or two of oil in a large heavy-bottomed sauce pan or soup pot. When the onion and pepper are softened add the garlic and chipotle pepper. Saute for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the meatballs as they are browned along with the seasonings, tomatoes, undrained beans, corn, and water. The mixture will seem thick at first but the tomatoes will cook down and release their juices. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, taste and re-season if needed during the cooking and before serving. Serve with toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips/strips, corn muffins, or crusty bread.

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I’m sending this over to Deb of Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday(soup, sammie, or salad) round-up!

Chipotle Meatball Chili

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  1. Judy says

    Reeni, if anyone else has invented this, it's been kept a secret. Brilliant recipe, love it. Your photos, as usual, are amazing, and your description of this dish made my mouth water.

  2. Hummingbird Appetite says

    I saw chipotle in my Google reader and I had to click on the blog post. Chipotle meatball chili- what a great idea!

  3. Jenn says

    Genius!! I haven't seen this anywhere so to me you invented meatball chili. LOL. Looks awesomely delish!!!

  4. BeadedTail says

    This sounds fantastic! We love chili so this one will most certainly be one we make!

  5. doggybloggy says

    looks good but I felt humid just looking at it! is it not a million degrees c or f and a million percent humidity near you like it is me? This does look award winning though!

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