Easy Beef Meatballs with Apricot Chipotle Sauce
Tender, easy beef meatballs pan seared and glazed with a wonderful sweet and savory sauce made with apricot jam, chipotle peppers and a few simple pantry items. These Easy Beef Meatballs with Apricot Chipotle Sauce deliver BIG flavor and are the perfect appetizer or main course served with a side. Recipe video included.
Servings: 6 servings
Apricot Chipotle Sauce
- 16 oz apricot preserves
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 lb ground beef (80/20)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Over medium heat in a skillet at the oil and sauté the onion until translucent and slightly golden, about 5 minutes.
In a bowl mix together the apricot preserves, mustard, ketchup, chipotle peppers, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Pour sauce over sautéed onions and cook for 5 minutes on low. Set aside.
Add all ingredients together in a bowl (except olive oil) and gently mix together by hand until incorporated completely. Mixture will be slightly loose and wet.
Use a small 1 1/2 inch scoop or roll into 32 small balls (about the size of a golf ball). Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat add the olive oil and brown the meatballs on all sides (about 5 minutes total). Do in batches to not over crowd the pan and steam them. We want them browned!
Pour sauce over meatballs, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Calories: 811kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 5.2mg