Recipe: Meatballs with Tavern Direct Smokin’ Chipotle Sauce and Honey

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I have a confession, before tonight, I had absolutely no idea what chipotle was. I’d seen it mentioned a number of times but I really had no idea until I received a bottle of Smokin’ Chipotle sauce from Tavern Direct.

Well I checked the Tavern Direct site and this is what I found:

Inspired by popular Mexican taste sensations, Tavern on the Green Smokin’ Chipotle is a gourmet twist on barbeque sauce with a perfect mingling of sweet and hot. A true winner as a basting or finishing sauce for barbequed chicken, pork or ribs. Andale, flavors beyond the border come home!

Ingredients: Tomato puree, molasses, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, water, pure maple syrup, natural hickory smoked flavor, chipotle powder, herbs & spices. Yummy! Sounds like just my thing! After a little thought, I decided it would go perfect in this recipe:

Meatballs with Tavern Direct Smokin’ Chipotle Sauce and Honey

1 pound ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Chipotle-Honey Sauce

1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons Tavern Direct Smokin’ Chipotle Sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form beef mixture into 24 meatballs. Place the meatballs on the baking sheets and cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

While the meatballs are chilling, make the sauce.

In a food processor or blender combine honey, chipotle sauce, chicken broth, tomato paste, lime juice, Dijon mustard and salt. Process until smooth. Set aside.

Remove meatballs from the refrigerator and lightly brush with vegetable oil. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.

Remove the trays from the oven and place meatballs in a baking dish. Add Chipotle-Honey Sauce and brush the meatballs until they are coated.

Bake another 12-15 minutes until meatballs are heated through and glazed with sauce.

We served ours over rice but they could easily be served as an appetizer for a party.  I love the pairing of the Smokin’ Chipotle sauce with the honey.  It’s a slightly sweet, smokey kind of flavor that was absolutely amazing.

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  1. Yummy! I bet this would be an awesome topping on meatloaf as well!!!
  2. now that sounds yummy!
  3. You know, I never thought to use chipotle sauce with meatballs. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
  4. Turning the Clock Back says
    I am a big fan of Chipolte sauces! Nice bold flavor!
  5. lifeinreviewblog says
    Down here in TX everything is Chipotle! lol This looks SO good! I agree with April, it sounds good for meatloaf also! I love meatloaf.

    Michelle V
  6. Tribute Books Mama says
    Sounds good to me.
  7. Momma Teri says
    Those look so thick and filling. I bet with the rice, you could barely eat the entire plate. My hubby hates store bought meatballs, so I will have to give these a try one night.
  8. Jennifer says
    I LOVE making meatball meals! I have never tried it this way before. My mouth started to water after looking at the pics! YUMMMMMMM!

    -Jennifer, Jennifer's Deals
  9. Looks so good! I love chipotle anything!
  10. Jennifer, A Self-Confessed Foodie says
    This looks really tasty! Want to make dinner for me tonight? :)
  11. Our Village is a Little Different says
    Yum! I love chipolte!
  12. That looks very yummy!
  13. I used to go to the restaurant of the same name - Chipotle. Yummy stuff.
  14. Wow, this looks fantastic. I have to try this stuff! I just checked out their website and they have an amazing variety of sauces and marinades, and even dipping sauces. There's a killer recipe section also!
  15. Mmmmm! Anything with chipotle is usually fabulous!
  16. Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews says
    I'm not a big Chipotle Sauce fan BUT meatballs and rice sound like a yummy combination since I love eating rice. :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  17. Cuzinlogic says
    Chipotle and meatballs what an an interesting combo. Sounds tasty!
  18. Oh wow...these look really, really, REALLY good! My hubby is a meatball and rice kind of guy and we are always searching for new recipes to try. I may surprise him with this for his birthday. Thanks!!
  19. BethElderton says
    These might be the most delicious meatballs I have ever seen. Almost everyone goes Italian for meatballs--what a wonderful change.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com
  20. I'm not sure if our 12 yr old son would eat them, but since they sounds like they'd be smoky sweet, hubby and I would eat them!!!
  21. These meatballs would be great at a party. thanks

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