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Meatballs in Creamy Tomato and Adobe Sauce

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Give your party a spicy kick with these tasty meatballs. The rich tomato cream will balance out the smokiness of the adobo sauce, making it the perfect appetizer.

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  • Servings: 8 servings, 3 meatballs per serving


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  • Step 1 of 9

    COMBINE beef, egg, breadcrumbs, coffee granules, 1 teaspoon bouillon and pepper in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with hands and form into 24 (1-inch) meatballs.

  • Step 2 of 9

    HEAT water in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add meatballs (add more water if needed to cover meatballs); cook for 15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

  • Step 3 of 9

    HEAT oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Step 4 of 9

    ADD onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until tender.

  • Step 5 of 9

    ADD tomatoes with juice, adobo sauce and remaining 1 ½ teaspoons bouillon; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes.

  • Step 6 of 9

    TRANSFER tomato mixture to blender with evaporated milk; cover. Blend until smooth.

  • Step 7 of 9

    RETURN mixture to skillet; cook over medium-low heat. With a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to skillet. Discard water that meatballs were boiled in.

  • Step 8 of 9

    COOK meatballs in sauce for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

  • Step 9 of 9

    TIP: To serve at a gathering, place on large platter with wooden picks. For added heat, try adding 1 chipotle chile to sauce while cooking.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 8 servings, 3 meatballs per serving
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 90
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 8%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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