Meatballs with spicy chipotle tomato sauce

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Mexican chipotle pepper paste gives this everyday pork supper a smoky, spicy flavour

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 406
  • fat 20g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 26g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 31g
  • salt 1.5g


  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 large handfuls fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 egg
  • 2 medium red onion, ¼ finely chopped, the rest sliced
  • small bunch coriander leaves and stems, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic clove, chopped
  • 400ml passata
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • potatoes or rice, to serve


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the pork, breadcrumbs, egg, finely chopped onions and the chopped coriander leaves. Season, mix well and shape into small meatballs. Over a medium heat, add 1 tbsp of the oil to a large frying pan and brown the meatballs on all sides, then remove from the pan and set aside.

  2. Add the remaining oil, sliced onion, garlic, coriander stems and some salt. Cook for 5 mins, then add the passata and chipotle paste. Pour in 100ml water and stir well, then simmer for 10 mins before adding the meatballs and cooking for a further 5 mins. Serve with potatoes or rice and scatter with the extra coriander leaves.

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