A one-dish meal featuring meatballs with spicy corn, tomatoes and black beans.
To me, this recipe is all about the seasonings with chipotle peppers, cilantro, oregano, chile powder, cumin and my current obsession: smoked paprika. You need this spice in your life!
I’ve been using it wherever I use chile powder and/or cumin. The trio is a powerhouse. The smoked paprika adds a subtle, smoky and unique depth of flavor that will have people asking “what’s in this?”.
The spices bring the entire dish to life starting with the tender meatballs being browned in a small amount of oil until they get all crusty and caramelized on the outside. The secret is to preheat the pan and allow the meatballs to cook for a few minutes on each side without disturbing them.
The chipotle pepper is in the skillet with the corn, tomatoes and black beans along with onion, garlic and all those spices I mentioned. It’s kind of like a warm, over-the-top salsa. The tomatoes and their juices along with a small amount of broth keep it moist without being soupy.
You can serve this as is with warm corn tortillas or add a sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of sour cream or guacamole.