Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

Have I got a spicy Sunday recipe recap for ya’ll today…

Featuring the one, the only, the beloved crockpot!

Makin’ life easy since ohhhh, whenever I bought this ol’ thang 😉


I made these meatballs up ahead of time, then placed them into the crockpot with the spicy chipotle sauce a bit later, just in time to have them on the table for a Sunday night dinner!

They turned out perfectly rich and spicy, the chipotle peppers in adobo adding a wonderful smoky spice to a garlic infused roasted tomato sauce. 

This recipe was a winner, not only with me, but with Lil’ Sis and Mylez too.  Always makes me happy to send them back off to school with a tasty, homecooked meal! 🙂

Spicy Chipotle Meatballs

The meatballs couldn’t be easier to make. All you’ll need is some ground beef, bread crumb, garlic, egg, oregano and chili powder.

Get those hands dirty and mix up the ingredients until well incorporated.

Then form into whatever size meatballs you like. This 3/4 lb. of ground beef turned out a total of 20, so these were smaller, maybe 1/8 cup each? 


The rest of the recipe comes together in a cinch.

Simply saute some onion & garlic in olive for about 10 minutes, or until soft.

Then combine with fire roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers in adobo and chicken broth.

If you’ve never cooked with chipotle peppers in adobo then you have got to change that! 

These lend the most amazing smoky spice to a dish, I absolutely adore them 🙂

And check out the roast on these fire roasted tomatoes.  Yum!

If you can’t find the fire roasted version though, regular crushed tomatoes will work too.  Just add some more chipotle peppers in adobo.

Once the sauce ingredients are combined in the crockpot, simply set the meatballs into the sauce and pop the lid shut!

Come back 6 hours later and you have yourself some kinda delicious meatballs all ready to serve 😛

I served these with a side of millet, which soaked up all the spicy rich tomato sauce, plus my favorite sweet apples n’ kale recipe!

They were the perfect ending to a perfect weekend spent with some of my favorite people in the world.  Can’t ask for better than that, now can you? 😀


  1. OM gosh- those sound totally divine! I love making meatballs ahead of time and throwing them in the crockpot. Lifesaver. I’m actually making meatball soup right now!

  2. These look amazzzzing!!!! Can’t wait to try them very soon!!! 🙂 Glad you had such a great weekend.

  3. Mmm, these sound/look incredible! I love using chipotle peppers in recipes…though I learned the HARD way early on in my kitchen experimentation that a little goes a lonnnnnng way! :-/ Let’s just say a pot of chili that was supposed to serve 6 became more of a mixed vegetable that served 12 after I added a WHOLE can of peppers to it! Oops!

    Definitely going to make these soon…if only for the chance to play with hamburger meat…is it odd that I find patting out burgers/meatballs very therapeutic? 😉

  4. Omg peppers in adobo are my GO TO ingredient! Last week I made three meals that included them and my husband RAVED over all three! I made Creamy Enchiladas, Chipotle Burgers and Sausage Hodge Podge (Sausage and veggies in a tomato sauce over cornrbead). They have an amazing flavor that people usually can’t quite put their finger on. So yum.

    • All of those meal ideas sound delicious! I am such an enchilada fan, but I’ve never made them to include the chipotle peppers in adobo, such a fabulous idea!

  5. I am a changed woman since figuring out you can cook meatballs in the crock pot. I will have to try these ones on my next venture! And agreed- Adobo sauce is the jam.

    • I have to admit, I think your latest crockpot meatball adventure inspired me! So easy to be able to just plop them in the sauce and move along with your day haha 🙂

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with chipotles, bu tI’ve been looking for a good meatball crockpot recipe. I think I’ll have to try it for a party this weekend 🙂

    • If you do give it a try I hope you enjoy! I can’t wait to make an Italian style version next, the crockpot just makes it so easy! 🙂

  7. YUMMM! I’ve been meaning to make some balls in the crock lately as well. Not sure if it will happen until after Thanksgiving though…

  8. These were very good, all four of my family me,bets enjoyed them! I used a pound and a half of meat ans still had plenty of sauce. I also carmalized the onions to give them a sweeter flavor. I will definately be making again.

    Thank you!

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