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chipotle feta meatballs

by Heather

Welcome to another Monday morning! Monday’s used to be kinda rough…. the weekend being gone and all, but now they’re not bad one bit, except for Jacob heading back to work.

Did you catch the weekend posts?

Sleep at 6 weeks

who does Hunter look like?

It’s time for meatball fans to rejoice.  I made these fantastic meatballs over the weekend and am so excited to share them. Really, the chipotle, feta and bacon combo was like no other.

A more recent new favorite in our house is beef bacon. I hadn’t set out looking for it, but one day I was at Chucks, my favorite new grocery store, and needed bacon (typically not my favorite thing). Turns out they don’t sell pork there, so it was down to beef or turkey bacon. Beef it was and ever since then we’ve been in love.

I had some help with this recipe. It’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day today and my assigned secret blog, Heavenly Treats and Treasures, is where I found this recipe. I resisted making something sweet (there are a ton of awesome looking treats on her site!) since we already had a batch of cookies in the kitchen, and am so happy I went with this savory dish – chipotle meatballs.

The added feta mixed with the heat from the chipotle worked perfectly together.  Meatball heaven!

Chipotle Feta Meatballs
Makes about 20 meatballs

adapted from Heavenly Treats and Treasures


  • ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 4 slices beef bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1 pounds ground beef


  1. Stir panko bread crumbs and milk in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a saute pan or large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  3. Drain all except 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan. Add onion, chipotle, oregano, cumin and garlic to the same pan, over medium heat, and stir until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add to the milk & bread crumb mixture.
  5. Add feta, salt, and beaten egg to the chipotle mixture, stirring until just blended.
  6. Add ground beef and bacon to the chipotle mixture and mix well with your hands.
  7. Preheat broiler at 450 degrees F. Place a rack 4-6″ from the element. Line a sheet pan with foil, shiny side down (this makes cleanup a breeze), and coat lightly with oil. Roll meat mixture into 1 inch meatballs and place on pan.
  8. Broil meatballs (without turning) until lightly browned and the meat is done, about 8-10 minutes.

I paired the meatballs with whole wheat linguiene and store bought roasted garlic sauce.  The sauce was okay, but the meatballs were amazing.

And because I was curious about what cut of meat beef bacon really is, here’s what I found out:


Beef bacon is a product made from the steer’s belly meat, close to the flank area. It is smoked and flavored with spices to taste like bacon. It is generally made by producers of healthier, grassfed beef, who create a “leaner, healthier bacon” (beef bacon is up to 90% leaner than pork bacon). Beef bacon also contains the Omega 3’s and CLA of grassfed beef. It can be found at health food stores, special-ordered from butchers, and ordered online from producers such as GrasslandBeef.com. — source

Three cheers for a healthier, and better tasting bacon in my opinion!

Have you ever tried or heard of beef bacon?

My abs are really sore today (and I like it!)… but more on that tomorrow 🙂


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Erica July 16, 2012 - 10:25 am

I always enjoy trying new meatball recipes! These sound like fun!!

colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess July 16, 2012 - 10:38 am

My husband would love these. Yet another recipe from your blog I’m saving!

danielle July 16, 2012 - 11:11 am

These sound great! How can you go wrong with that kind of combo?

Grace July 16, 2012 - 1:18 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed the chipotle meatballs! Great addition with the feta – that salty, tangy, spicy combo sounds addictive!

Grace July 16, 2012 - 1:19 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed the chipotle meatballs, your photo is beautiful! Great idea to add the feta for a salty,tangy, spicy flavor combo!

Newyorkerbyheart July 16, 2012 - 1:39 pm

They look so good and I love chipotle 🙂

All the best,

Carol July 16, 2012 - 2:39 pm

When Bruce and I were in Malaysia recently, I noticed when eating at a TGIFridays that all the meals that would normally use bacon, used beef bacon instead. Because its a muslim country they don’t eat pork. I found it thick and tough so didn’t care for it that much. I’d prefer the real thing.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 16, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Bacon in meatballs is one of the smartest things I’ve ever heard of. You just blew my mind! And feta, too? It’s all my favorite things!

Dan July 16, 2012 - 5:07 pm

I think I’d use one of these meatballs to top off the Greek burger I saw in another SRC post! Yum!

Emily Butler @EmilysHomestead July 16, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Wow those look amazing!! My husband hates meatballs but i could just make these into hamburgers and then he’d eat them haha!

Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 16, 2012 - 6:59 pm

this sounds like a fantastic combination! love it!

Jennifer July 16, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Those look really good. I bet it would have been great to make a greek pasta or something and put that in it.

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 17, 2012 - 4:52 am

Beef bacon? Very interesting! I love chipotle flavor, so I bet these are fantastic!

Denise July 17, 2012 - 1:59 pm

I’ve never heard of beef bacon, and I’ve never heard of Chucks. Wonder if Whole Foods has it? Need to check it out. These look great, for dinner and as an appetizer. Thanks for sharing.

Miz Helen July 17, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Hi Heather,
Your Chipotle Feta Meatballs are just awesome and I can’t wait to make this recipe. Great selection for SRC!
Miz Helen
Group B SRC

Elaine Drury July 17, 2012 - 10:10 pm

Those Chipotle Feta Meatballs look great. I can’t wait to try them.

Lisa~~ July 20, 2012 - 7:18 pm

I grew up eating beef bacon and it is delicious. Your meatballs look and sound wonderful, great recipe choice.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC entry: Double Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Cook Lisa Cook


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