Honey Chipotle Meatballs (Paleo, Gluten Free)
Serves: 16-20 meatballs
These meatballs make a great appetizer, or you can serve them over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice for a main dish. You can adjust the amount of chipotle powder and dry mustard in the sauce to suit your taste: use less if you are sensitive to heat, or add more if you like things a little spicier!
For the meatballs
  • ¾ pound ground beef
  • ¾ pound ground pork
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, lard, or tallow
For the sauce
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder or chili powder (I use THIS)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dry yellow mustard
  • 3 green onions, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the meatballs: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the ground beef and pork, onion, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper with your hands until just combined. Form the mixture into meatballs 1½ inches in diameter.
  3. Melt the ghee in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 5 minutes, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce: Place all of the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk to combine. Bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional chipotle powder or dry mustard if desired.
  5. Once the meatballs are done cooking, use a slotted spoon to transfer them tothe pan with the sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with chopped green onion, if desired, and serve.
Try this! If you’re serving these meatballs as an appetizer, sprigs of fresh rosemary make a great substitute for toothpicks and add a bit of extra flavor.
Recipe by Primally Inspired at https://www.primallyinspired.com/honey-chipotle-meatballs-paleo-gluten-free/