Mexican Cocktail Meatballs with Spicy Sauce [Recipe]

January 18, 2014 1

Mexican Cocktail Meatballs with Spicy Sauce [Recipe]


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Serving Size: 4 meatballs


  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 cup finely crumbled tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 can (14.5) ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 Tablespoons agave syrup or 1 Tablespoon sugar


  1. Combine pork, tortilla chips, zucchini, scallions, ¼ cup of the cilantro, the egg, garlic, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt with your hands in a large bowl.
  2. Form mixture into about 40 meatballs (about 1 Tablespoon each).
  3. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add about ½ of the meatballs and cook, gently turning occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to a plate.
  4. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Remove to plate.
  5. Add lime juice to skillet and cook scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Add tomatoes, chipotles, agave syrup and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to a simmer.
  6. Return meatballs and any accumulated juices to skillet and simmer 5 minutes for flavors to blend.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 2 Tablespoons cilantro. Serve with cocktail forks or toothpicks.


Also great as an entrée. Form mixture into larger meatballs or patties and serve over rice. These can be made 1 day ahead and reheated in the microwave.

Comments (1)

  1. OMGoodness!!!! These are soooo delicious!!! My husband and I made them exactly like the recipe suggested. They are spicy and very flavorful. We are definitely adding these to our party rotation. Thank you!!

    - Tillman

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