I love Mexican food and I love meatballs and wanted to combine the two for my project. I love getting creative with meatballs and using them as a blank slate of ground meat for layering flavors and textures onto. Plus they’re a convenient make-ahead appetizer, allowing you to be an awesome host / hostess when your guests arrive. However, a meatball without tomato sauce is like Simon without Garfunkel. It’s good but you miss the harmonies, so I knew that I also wanted to create a tomato sauce to accompany these meatballs.
Here’s the exercise I did in my head when trying to create this recipe: I asked myself, “What Latin flavors and ingredients would go well in a meatball?” Dissecting all the burritos, tacos, and chilaquiles I’ve consumed, I came up with diced jalapenos for heat and texture; cumin, smoked paprika, and coriander spices to add flavor; and of course garlic and chopped cilantro. For the sauce, coconut milk combined with fire-roasted tomatoes and cumin created the perfect balance of earthy, sweet, and rich. The result? The best Mexican meatballs you’ll have this side of the border.
Mexican Meatballs! with Fire-Roasted Tomato Coconut Sauce
Ingredients - for meatballs
Ingredients - for tomato sauce
Prep (steps that can be done earlier in the day)