Ras el Chipotle Meatballs

It’s been a looong time since I last made meatballs.  I remember them being a bit fiddly, so I usually just end up making a bolognaise-type sauce with mince instead.  Fortunately, I decided to give them another go, and it turns out they can be quite easy and worth the little bit of extra effort.

Ras el Chipotle Meatballs

Ras el Chipotle Meatballs

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Holy Mole Frijoles Negros

One of the lovely spices I picked up last weekend is whole dried chipotle chilli.  The rating on the pack advises a hotness of 6/10.  10 must be rip roaring hot, cause this 6 will definitely put hairs on your chest.  Chipotle chilli is excellent in tomato based dishes, and I’ve tweaked my Black Bean Salsa recipe  so that it has a lot more punch.  If you’re not a fan of heat, only use half the chilli.  Chipotle + cocoa + black beans + tomato = one awesome salsa/stew a.k.a ‘Mole’ (sauce made with chilli, tomato and chocolate).  If I wasn’t trying to eat slow-carb, I’d add a few squares of good quality chocolate instead of cocoa.

Holy Mole Frijoles Negros – black bean, chipotle and chocolate ‘salsa’ with chopped soft-boiled eggs and avocado

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