Chipotle Meatballs in Mexican Corn Cream Sauce

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Chipotle Meatballs with corn sauce over rice on white place with peppers on side. Plate on marble counter with peppers on plate in back and pan with meatballs in back.

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are unexpected and delicious!  The meatballs are made with lean ground beef, black beans, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground tortilla chips, and scallion.  They are then baked, which makes cooking super easy and healthier than frying.  The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn. The slight sweetness from the corn, the smokiness from the Mexican spices, the subtle heat from the Chipotle adobo sauce, and the cool and tangy sour cream make this creamy sauce the perfect complement to the Chipotle Meatballs!

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are delicious! The meatballs are made with Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, black beans, and scallion and are baked to perfection. The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn with sweet corn, smokey Mexican spices, cool and tangy sour cream.

Mexican Flavors + Meatballs = 😍

We love Mexican food in our house!  If they could, my daughters would have Taco Tuesday everyday.  So when I was thinking of a new way to reinvent meatballs, I was inspired by my and my girls’ love for Tacos and Mexican food!

The meatballs are a wonderful combination of black beans and lean grass-fed ground beef.  The black beans are blended so that they are partly creamy, but still have bits of bean for texture.  The creaminess from the beans added to the ground beef makes these meatballs so MOIST, tender, and so flavorful.  The Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce give the meatballs that Mexican flare!

Then there is the Mexican Corn Sauce!  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier in my life…a fusion of Cream Corn + Mexican Street Corn + sour cream sauce….HEAVEN!!!

Mexican Corn Cream Sauce in Pan on stove

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ‘KIT’:  Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming.  Here is my recommendation for making dinner easier: make your own kits!  On Sunday, prep all of the ingredients and components for 3 meals and store them in the fridge on meal-specific pans or bowls.  Then on the night you cook, everything is ready to go!  You will need 1 gallon bags and sandwich-size bags.

This recipe uses Gluten-Free Tortilla Chips instead of breadcrumbs as the binder for the meatballs.  Add a handful of tortilla chips to a food processor and blend until fully ground and you get 3/4 cup. Remove from the processor and set aside.

To the same food processor (no need to clean), add the drained beans and sliced scallions.  Put 1 tablespoon of the scallion greens in a baggie for the sauce and the rest go into the food processor for the meatballs.  Rough chop 2 Chipotle Peppers and add to the food processor with 1 tsp of the sauce.

Also to the food processor add 1 tbsp water, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin. Pulse the food processor until the mixture is completely combined and you can see that the chipotle peppers have been fully blended into the beans. You should see mostly creamy beans, but still some bean bits left for texture.

To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, the bean mixture, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of the tortilla crumbs. Mix with hands or a large fork to completely combine.  Add more tortillas crumbs as needed until the mixture easily forms into balls.  Cover bowl and store in fridge until ready to make meatballs and bake them. You could also bake these in advance and reheat them later.

Roast the corn by placing it under the oven broiler for 5 minutes on each side. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t completely burn. When it is done, cut off the kernels and store in a storage bag. Mince 1 clove garlic and add to the same bag with the corn.

Place the Meatball mixture, the corn, and the cooked rice all on a pan in the fridge for cooking later.

 

LET’S COOK:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Roll the meatballs into 1.25 inch diameter balls and place on large baking sheet that you have lightly coated with Olive Oil.  Add the whole mini sweet peppers in and around the meatballs (note, this is optional).  Bake in oven on center rack for 30 minutes

While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.  Add 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a preheated pan and then add the roasted corn kernels, minced garlic, and 1 tbls scallion greens.  Stir and saute for 3 minutes and then add 1 tsp of the sauce from the Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  You can add more if you want it spicier.  Stir in the chicken broth, cumin, chili powder.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, then turn down heat to keep warm.

When the meatballs are done, remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes.  At this point, to the sauce whisk in the sour cream, add the cilantro.

Last, add the meatballs to the sauce.  Make sure to add any brown bits from the pan to the sauce too!

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are delicious! The meatballs are made with lean ground beef, black beans, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground tortilla chips, and scallion and then baked to perfection. The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn with sweet corn, smoky Mexican spices, cool and tangy sour cream. Yum!

Pour the meatballs and sauce over the rice, garnish with cilantro and add the sweet peppers.  Enjoy!!

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Chipotle Meatballs in Cream Corn Sauce

Chipotle Meatballs with Mexican Corn Cream Sauce are delicious! The meatballs are made with lean ground beef, black beans, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground tortilla chips, and scallion and then baked to perfection. The creamy sauce is inspired by Mexican Street Corn with sweet corn, smoky Mexican spices, cool and tangy sour cream. Yum!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cook Night Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chipotle Meatballs

  • 16 oz Lean Ground Beef, Grass Fed, Raised without antibiotics
  • 15.5 oz Black Beans
  • 4 Scallions
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce get smallest can/jar available
  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Ground Tortilla Chips

Mexican Corn Cream Sauce

  • 1 Ear of Corn
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.5 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Sauce from Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbls Scallion greens from the 4 scallions in the Meatballs
  • 1 tbls Cilantro, chopped

Other

  • 1 cup Rice, uncooked
  • 12 Mini Sweet Peppers this is optional, but adds great flavor

Instructions

Prep-Ahead to make Kit

  1. Add a handful of tortilla chips to a food processor and blend until fully ground and you get 3/4 cup.  Remove from the processor and set aside to be added to the meat later.  You should only need 1/2 cup for the meatballs, but you will want extra just in case your meat mixture is too wet.

  2. Drain and rinse the black beans and put into the same food processor.

  3. Slice the 4 scallions.  You will need to save 1 heaping tablespoon of the greens in a baggie for the sauce, the rest will go into the food processor for the meatballs.

  4. Rough chop 2 Chipotle Peppers and add to the food processor with 1 tsp of the sauce.  Save the rest in a storage container as you will need the sauce for adding to the Cream Sauce later.

  5. Also to the food processor add 1 tbls water, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin.  Pulse the food processor until the mixture is completely combined and you can see that the chipotle peppers have been fully blended into the beans.  You should see mostly creamy beans, but still some bean bits left for texture.

  6. To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, the bean mixture, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of the tortilla crumbs.  Mix with hands or a large fork to completely combine.  If the mixture seems too wet, sprinkle in a little more tortilla crumbs.  Cover bowl to seal and store in fridge until ready to make meatballs and bake them.  Note: You could bake these off in advance and reheat them later.

  7. Roast the corn by placing it under the oven broiler for 5 minutes on each side.  Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't completely burn.  When it is done, cut off the kernels and store in a storage bag.  Mince 1 clove garlic and add to the same bag with the corn.

  8. Place the Meatball mixture, the corn, and the cooked rice all on a pan in the fridge for cooking later.

Cook!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Make rice according to package instructions.  

  3. Roll the meatballs into 1.25 inch diameter balls and place on large baking sheet that you have lightly coated with Olive Oil.  Add the whole mini sweet peppers in and around the meatballs (note, this is optional).  Bake in oven on center rack for 30 minutes.

  4. While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.  Add 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a preheated pan and then add the roasted corn kernels, minced garlic, and 1 tbls scallion greens.  Stir and saute for 3 minutes and then add 1 tsp of the sauce from the Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  You can add more if you want it spicier.  Stir in the chicken broth, cumin, chili powder.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, then turn down heat to keep warm.

  5. When the meatballs are done, remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes.  At this point, to the sauce whisk in the sour cream, add the cilantro.

  6. Last, add the meatballs to the sauce. Make sure to add any brown bits from the pan to the sauce too!

  7. Plate: Pour the meatballs and sauce over the rice, garnish with cilantro and add the sweet peppers.  Enjoy!!

5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup with sour cream on top in bowl on counter

Now, I love my slow cooker for soups, but sometimes, I need a quick fix!  This 5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup is quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious AND…it’s an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE!  Done in 30 minutes, this soup will become your new favorite 🙂

This is also a fantastic recipe to use leftover chicken in!  Making extra proteins either when prepping on the weekend or just when you are cooking any dinner is smart!  Then you can use the leftover protein in a second dinner – easy and quick!  I have a great free printable cheat sheet for you with 30 Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!!  Be sure to get this now and put it up in your kitchen for easy reference!

So, what goes into a quickie, 5-ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup?

  • Chicken
  • Scallions
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Kale
  • Tortillas

You also need water, some salt & fresh ground pepper, plus whatever garnishes you may like, such as shredded cheese or sour cream, but seriously, you will not need anything else – it’s THAT GOOD!

To begin, you simply place the chicken breasts and scallions into boiling water that you have seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.  You need enough water to cover the chicken with about 3/4 inch additional above the chicken.  Boil for 10 minutes or until fully cooked through.  Remove chicken from the liquid, which is now a broth and set aside in the fridge to cool for about 5 minutes.  When the chicken is cool enough to touch, start shredding it all up into small bite-size pieces.

While the chicken is cooling, you can whisk into the broth, 1/2 packet of your favorite taco seasoning and bring it up to a light boil.  Place the shredded chicken back into the cooking broth and add thinly sliced kale.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips and mix into the soup and cook for another 5 minutes.  The tortilla chips will blend into the soup to both thicken it and flavor it with the delicious corn chip flavor.

That’s it!  Serve in bowls, garnish with sour cream and more crushed tortilla chips & Enjoy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl with sour cream on top and tortilla chips on side. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
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5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup is quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE!  Done in 30 minutes, this soup will become your new favorite 🙂

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, tortilla soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 385 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Base (Better than Bouillon)
  • 6 cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 3 cups Kale, finely sliced
  • 1 cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 4 Scallions

Instructions

  1. Clean the Kale, remove the stems and thin-slice it making sure there are no large pieces that are difficult to scoop with a spoon in the soup.  Dice the scallions.  Crush the tortilla chips.

  2. Bring a medium pot of water, about 5 cups of water, with the scallions (save some of the greens for garnish if you desire) 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp fresh ground pepper, up to a boil.  Add the chicken breasts and boil for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

    Chicken boiling in pot for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
  3. Remove chicken to a bowl and put in fridge to cool down.  While the chicken is cooling, whisk into the chicken liquid (now broth) 1/2 of a packet or 1 heaping teaspoon of your favorite taco seasoning.  Taste for seasoning and add more taco seasoning as needed (depends on how much cooking liquid you have in the pot and how spicy you want it).

    Cooked Chicken in bowl for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
  4. Once cooled, shred the chicken with fingers into small, bite size pieces.

    Shredded Chicken in bowl for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
  5. Add the chicken and Kale to the soup liquid and bring back to a light boil for 5 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of the crushed tortilla chips and stir.  Cook for another 5 minutes.

  6. Serve, garnish and enjoy!

    Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl with sour cream on top. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!