Pork Chorizo Meatballs & Pepper Rice with Chipotle-Peanut Sauce

Pork Chorizo Meatballs & Pepper Rice

with Chipotle-Peanut Sauce

Group Created with Sketch. 35 min
Wellness at Blue Apron
Find recipes that suit your lifestyle with our new nutritionist-approved dietary tags.
Our vegetarian recipes contain no red meat, poultry, fish, or seafood, and may include eggs, animal-based dairy products, and honey.
500 Calories Or Less
All of these delicious recipes come in at 500 calories or less per serving, ideal for those who choose to monitor their caloric intake, without sacrificing flavor.
WW™ Approved
Our recipes that have earned the WW Mark of Wellness make vegetables the star of your meal, utilize lean proteins, keep calorie counts in mind and limit saturated fat, sodium and added sugar, and use simple, wholesome ingredients to make dinnertime a nourishing and joyful experience. To learn more about WW visit WW.com.
Fri Delivery Only
Recipe only available for Friday delivery.
600 Calories Or Less
All of these delicious recipes come in at 600 calories or less per serving, ideal for those who choose to monitor their caloric intake, without sacrificing flavor.
Mediterranean Diet
Our Mediterranean recipes are inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, a healthy eating plan recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health and wellness, which highlights the flavors and cooking styles from countries along the Mediterranean Sea, including those in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. These recipes showcase a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, as well as lean proteins and moderate portions of dairy.
Carb Conscious
Our Carb Conscious recipes provide a balanced approach to carbohydrate consumption by replacing refined carbohydrates from sources like white flour, rice, and cane sugar with high-fiber foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. *Our Carb Conscious recipes have 48g or less of net carbohydrates (total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber) per serving.
Our Plant-Forward recipes are designed by our chefs to help support a flexible diet that emphasizes plant-based foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and other legumes like lentils and soy foods, and includes occasional, moderate portions of meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.
Diabetes Friendly
Our diabetes friendly offering allows you to enjoy wholesome options while adhering to the guidelines set forth by the nutrition experts at the American Diabetes Association. To find out more visit www.diabetes.org.
  • icon-servings Created with Sketch.
    2 Servings
  • icon-nutrition Created with Sketch. Est. 810 Cals/serving

These flavorful meatballs—made with smoky chorizo, a type of Mexican-spiced pork sausage—get a delicious lift from a savory sauce of tomato, chipotle chile paste, and creamy peanut butter spread for incredible depth of flavor.

Get Cooking
Pork Chorizo Meatballs & Pepper Rice with Chipotle-Peanut Sauce
  • 10 oz Pork Chorizo
  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter Spread
  • 2 tsps Chipotle Chile Paste
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Tbsps Raw Pepitas
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar

Tips from Home Chefs

About Blue Apron

Ba hero

Blue Apron delivers original, step-by-step recipes and fresh ingredients to customers nationwide. Our menus change every week, so with each delivery you learn to cook inventive new dishes with seasonal ingredients. By letting us source these hard-to-find ingredients for you, you'll get food that is fresher and cheaper than you can get at your local supermarket, and there's no waste because we only send you what you need for each recipe.

We named our company “Blue Apron” because chefs around the world wear blue aprons when they're learning to cook, and it has become a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking. We believe you're never done learning in the kitchen, so we design our menus to ensure you're always learning new cooking techniques, trying new cuisines, and using unique ingredients.

Blue Apron is a weekly subscription service with no commitment - you can skip a week or cancel at any time with a week's notice. We can't wait to cook with you!

Get This Recipe Delivered
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the peppers. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then large dice. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. In a bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, peanut butter spread, sugar, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and 2 teaspoons of water; season with salt and pepper. 

2 Make the pepper rice

In a medium pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced peppers and diced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 16 to 18 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork.

Make the pepper rice
Toast the pepitas
3 Toast the pepitas

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pepitas; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned (be careful, as the pepitas may pop as they toast). Transfer to a plate.

4 Form the meatballs

In a bowl, combine the chorizo and breadcrumbs. Gently mix until just combined. Shape the mixture into 10 tightly packed meatballs. Transfer to a plate. 

Form the meatballs
Cook the meatballs & serve your dish
5 Cook the meatballs & serve your dish

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs. Cook, turning occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Using a spoon, move the meatballs to one side of the pan. Add the chipotle-peanut mixture to the other side. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add 1 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently and spooning the sauce over the meatballs, 5 to 7 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked meatballs and sauce over the pepper rice. Garnish with the seasoned sour cream and toasted pepitas. Enjoy! 

* An instant-read thermometer should register 160°F.