Think most paleo meatballs are boring? Wait until you take a bite of these baked ground beef and chorizo beauties rolling around in a spicy tomato-adobo sauce!
Not only do you have that awesome beef and pork combo in these, but you get plenty of other Mexican-inspired flavors too.
And here’s one of the really cool things about this particular meatball recipe: it’s simple to make. I’m not sure why, but a lot of meatball recipes get way too complicated and time-consuming for my taste. This why I make it a point to keep mine extra-simple with lots of fresh flavors.
So here’s about all you need to know to rock and roll on this paleo meatball recipe…
The meatballs are half grass-fed ground beef and half Mexican ground chorizo. You don’t have to make them with chorizo of course, but for this one it’s highly recommended.
Be sure and adjust the spiciness of this dish to suit your own personal taste. Down here in Arizona, we tend to eat spicier food – so what’s mild to us might be fire-extinguisher hot to you. Most of the heat in this dish comes from this little can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You might not be familiar with it, but it’s a pantry staple here in the Southwest. Basically it’s smoked and dried jalapeño peppers that have been rehydrated in a smoky-sweet kind of red sauce. It really adds a whole new dimension to your cooking..that’s why you’ll see it in a number of my recipes. But I digress – I’d suggest starting with just one teaspoon of minced chipotle for this recipe, and maybe scrape away the seeds from the pepper for an even milder heat.
So for this recipe, you’ll start by making the sauce on the stovetop first and setting that aside.
Next you’ll mix the ground beef, chorizo and spices together and then form the meatballs. And a tip here, gently form those meatballs – if you pack them tight like you’re making a snowball you’ll wind up with some very tough meatballs.
And the last step is simply adding half the sauce you made to your baking dish, putting the meatballs in, and then pouring the other half of the sauce over everything. Bake for about 40 minutes until the meatballs cook through, and that’s it.
Serve with your favorite veggies on the side, or my favorite, over cauliflower rice. A steamed bed of zoodles would be another good choice.
Hope you enjoy this easy paleo meatball recipe – and as always please let me know what you think!