MEATBALLS, MEATBALLS we all scream for MEATBALLS!!!
Isn’t that how it goes?!
Regardless, who doesn’t want meatballs in their life? Especially when they are coated in a sticky spicy chipotle honey sauce and dipped into a cooling lime cilantro sauce. Yup. I thought so!
Someone told me that the Super bowl is coming up…is this right? February 5th or something? Obviously I’m not too concerned about when the Super bowl is or who is playing. I do care about the food that’s at the party…duh!
And I try to accommodate. I try to be thoughtful. I think to myself, “what would people want to eat at a Super bowl party?”
Why meatballs, of course! Chipotle honey meatballs, to be exact!
These chipotle honey meatballs are INSANELY good!!! The meatballs without the sauce is also delicious, tender and anything but dry (moist – ha!). And just in case you are wondering they are kind of pinkish/red because there is smoked paprika in those meatballs…don’t worry they’re not under cooked – what kind of food blogger do you think I am?! BTW I am truly in love with smoked paprika! Can’t stop, WON’T stop using it on EVERYTHING!
Anyways, when you toss those meatballs into that sticky chipotle honey sauce it really takes them to the next level! Smoky, spicy, sweet all rolled into one! And than you dip them into that cooling lime cilantro sauce that’s tangy and sweet and oh-so necessary to put out that fire from the chipotle honey sauce. My friends, you’ve got a winning combo. Not sure if you have a winning football team or not, that’s yet to be determined.
Sorry I only win at food…not football. Who’s playing again?!
I wanted so badly for these chipotle honey meatballs to be slow cooker friendly. I wanted you to be able to make them and then throw them into a slow cooker to keep them warm while your guests go between watching football and grazing on food. Sadly because of all the honey they don’t really get along with the slow cooker, the honey gets too sticky and weird if it continues to cook. So the chiptole honey meatballs are best when eaten fresh. However, I do have some make-ahead tips in the notes of the description below.
And if all else fails, just invite me to your party, I’ll eat…I mean…cook all of the chipotle honey meatballs for you while everyone else watches the game. See there are advantages to having friends who could care less about a football game.
Super bowl commercials though? I might pause from the food for those!
I hope you love these chipotle honey meatballs as much as we do. If you’re not into football like me, they would be a great appetizer for any other party or just because they’re delicious. They also make a great entree, I can vouch for that.
If you’re looking for more football/party appetizers try my Loaded buffalo chicken hummus dip, healthy Greek yogurt dill dip, or my creamy Brussels sprouts and artichoke dip. Enjoy, and I hope your team wins, whoever they are! 🙂
Sorry to keep this post so short but I cut my finger earlier today and typing isn’t feeling so good…also it’s like 52 degrees outside…in January…in Iowa! Ummm, byeeeee!!! XOXO!!!
- ½ cup gluten free bread crumbs (I use gluten free rice chex cereal and grind it in my food processor - measure after ground)
- 1 pound lean ground meat (beef, chicken or turkey)
- ¼ cup onion,minced
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon, Smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon, Salt
- ½ teaspoon, pepper
- 2 eggs, whisked
- Chipotle Honey sauce:
- ½ cup honey
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 2 teaspoons of sauce
- ½ teaspoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Cooling Cilantro Lime Sauce:
- ½ cup plain, non fat Greek yogurt.*
- Juice of 1 ½ limes
- Salt, to taste
- 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water, to thin.
- Prepare: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. If making bread crumbs using the chex cereal use your food processor to make them now, pulse until your reach a fine consistency. Transfer the bread crumbs into a large mixing bowl and rinse out the food processor, no need to wash it, set aside.
- Make the meatballs: To the large mixing bowl with the bread crumbs add the remaining ingredients for the meatballs. Use your hands to combine everything well. Use a medium sized cookie scoop to portion out the balls (about 2 tablespoons) then use your hands to roll them into balls, you should have about 16 balls. Place them on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake: Bake the meatballs for 10 to 16 minutes, or until cooked through. If using red meat 10 ish minutes will get you a medium rare meatball and 16 minutes will get you a well done meatball - I liked mine at 10 minutes. NOTE: If using ground chicken or turkey make sure they cook thoroughly, ABOUT 16 minutes and reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (they will reach 165 as they cool).
- Make the chipotle honey sauce: While the meatballs are baking make the sauce. Add all of the ingredients for the honey chipotle sauce EXCEPT FOR THE BUTTER to the rinsed out food processor. Process until smooth, Taste and adjust flavors as needed. Set aside.
- Make the cooling cilantro Lime Sauce: Add all of the ingredients for the cooling lime sauce to a small mixing bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as needed. Also adjust thickness of sauce by adding more water or adding more yogurt to make it thicker. Set aside.
- Finish: Once you are ready to serve the meatballs heat the chipotle lime sauce in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the tablespoon of butter and allow the sauce to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add the meatballs and stir to coat them in the sauce.
- Serve: Serve the meatballs with toothpicks or small appetizer forks or as your main entree. Serve the cooling cilantro lime sauce on the side for dipping and drizzling on the meatballs. Serve immediately.
- Leftovers: Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. The meatballs and chipotle honey sauce are best when fresh.
Make ahead tips:
-Mix up meatballs, place them on the baking sheet, cover and store in fridge
-Make chipotle honey sauce
-Bake the meatballs the day of and heat in sauce + make the cooling cilantro lime sauce day of.
Chipotle honey sauce adapted from All Recipes.
Meatballs heavily adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.