Ancho and Chocolate BBQ Sauce? Yes please! While not your typical BBQ sauce, the depth of flavor developed in my Ancho and Chocolate BBQ Sauce with the help of ancho chile powder and dark, all natural chocolate is nothing short of amazing! Pour it over a flavorful Mexican Meatball for a tasty and easy alternative to a comforting classic...
If you've ever had molé, you have experienced the complexity chocolate can bring to savory dishes. Several weeks ago, I discovered a local company called Mozna Chocolate at the McAllen Growing Growers Farmers Market. I jumped at the chance to do a community cooking demonstration November 12 using one of their chocolates. After tasting chocolate from several countries, I decided on the Mexican 70% dark chocolate.
I considered doing a recipe for a healthy molé, but a properly executed molé has a list of ingredients a mile long and is (logistically speaking) not practical for a cooking demo without a full blown kitchen. I did want to capture a bit of the flavor of a molé in a dish that is simple enough to make on a weeknight in a home kitchen. My Ancho and Chocolate BBQ Sauce With Mexican Meatloaf embraces the flavors of Mexico, and the BBQ sauce is finger-licking good!
The Mexican Meatloaf portion of this dish is also well-suited to being formed into meatballs and served as a tapas or appetizer. That is the approach I took for the samples for my cooking demo. The individual meatballs each got a generous spoonful of the Ancho and Chocolate BBQ Sauce and a cocktail pick for serving...
My "go to" ground meat is ground chicken thighs - available at Sprouts Farmers Market in McAllen. Feel free to use your preferred ground meat, or even a combination. You may have most of the ingredients in your well-stocked pantry - spices like ground cumin, ancho chile powder, cinnamon, and smoked paprika - garlic, shallots, tomato sauce, etc. I usually make a double recipe, and freeze half or more for another meal or two. If you've not already discovered chocolate in savory dishes, I hope you'll give this flavorful dish a chance to convince you how delicious it can be!
My "Secret Weapons":
- I love my immersion blender for blending the sauce ingredients. Avoid the mess and burn risk involved with transferring hot food to a blender!
- A small food chopper makes quick work of mincing the onion, cilantro, and garlic for the meatloaf/meatballs mixture.
- Perfect Stix bamboo picks and Bamboo MN disposable wood boats are perfect for serving the meatballs and sauce as a tapas/appetizer.
More Healthy Mexican:
- Mexican Spiced Pork Chops With Salsa Verde and Cotija
- Mexican Cilantro Rice
- Mexican Fish In Parchment
- Nopalitos and Red Chile Rice Bowls