For the meatballs:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 eggs
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons adobe sauce (from can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
To make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except the canola oil. Shape heaping teaspoons of the mixture into 1-inch balls. In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, wiping pan in between, saute the meatballs, turning frequently for even browning, until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate.
To make the sauce:
Heat oil in the same Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.
Add the browned meatballs to the Dutch oven and toss gently to coat with sauce.
Recipe and pic from Food Network