Fiesta Meatballs with Ancho Dipping Sauce


  • 1-1/4 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 C dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters or 2 Tbsp. ANGOSTURA® orange bitters
    Ancho Dipping Sauce
  • 1 can (8 oz.) plain tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
  • 1 tsp. red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a large sheet tray. Place ground beef in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, ancho powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Stir in onion and garlic. Sprinkle over meat in two batches, cutting into meat with the side of a large spoon. Whisk together egg and Angostura® bitters. Drizzle over meat, cutting in with spoon. Form into 1” meatballs and place on sheet tray. Bake 16-18 minutes.
  2. Stir together sauce ingredients and warm up in microwave. Serve with meatballs and toothpicks.