Chipotle Spiced Meatballs with Peppers and Onions in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free)

Chipotle Spiced Meatballs with Peppers and Onions in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free) | This is so good...I recently picked up a large order from my farm share, which included twenty pounds of ground pork.  Ground meat, whether beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, is so versatile and can be used in so many different preparations.  Burgers, taco meat, spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, or meatballs are just a few ideas.  Today’s recipe is a Mexican twist on an Italian favorite – meatballs with tomato sauce.  Chipotle Spiced Meatballs with Peppers and Onions in Tomato Sauce is a slightly spicy dish packed with Mexican flavors and lots of veggies.

This meal comes together relatively quickly.  I like to bake my meatballs instead of frying them, which gives me time to prep veggies for the sauce and maybe make a side salad.  It also keeps mess to a minimum, so I don’t have to clean a greasy stovetop after frying!

I like to serve my Chipotle Meatballs with Peppers and Onions in Tomato Sauce over white rice or along side Mexican Cauli-rice if you are grain-free.  Serve with a sliced avocado or some Easy Guacamole and you have a complete meal!

Chipotle Spiced Meatballs with Peppers and Onions in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free)


    For the Meatballs:
  • 2 pounds of ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried chipotle pepper (here or here)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (here or here)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (here or here)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, minced (optional, or use parsley)
  • For the Peppers and Onions in Tomato Sauce
  • 3 red or orange bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 28 ounce can of tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (here or here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (here or here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chipotle pepper (here or here)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Using a large size scoop, or your hands, form the mixture into 2 inch meatballs and place them in a glass or ceramic baking dish.
  4. Once all of the meatballs are formed, place the dish into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked throughout.
  5. As the meatballs are baking, melt the coconut oil in a large sauté pan and add the peppers and onion.
  6. Sauté for 5-6 minutes or until the onions are translucent and then add in the tomato puree and the spices, mixing well to combine.
  7. Once the meatballs are finished baking, add them to the sauce and toss to coat them in sauce.
  8. Let the meatballs simmer in the sauce for another 5-10 minutes for the flavors to meld.
  9. Enjoy!

What is your favorite meal to make with ground meat?  Tell me about it in the comments!


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  1. This recipe will be on my list to try, this month. I have some ground turkey, and i bet it will work well, here.
    Like you, I enjoy taco-seasoning, chill-con-carne, burgers etc.
    Good quality ground meat from sustainably raised and respected animals?
    Unlimited meal ideas!!

  2. Wow. These sound so flavorful and delicious! Beautiful recipe.

  3. Yum!! These sound so delicious! Meatballs are always a favorite in my house.

  4. This sounds delicious! Looks so pretty too!

  5. You had me at chipotle! ONe of my favorite flavors!

  6. Love all the spices in this recipe. Cannot wait to try! Sounds so yummy!

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