Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Meatballs with Enchiladas Sauce using Grass-Fed Bison and Pork Sausage

First I want to acknowledge Sarah and John Fragoso @everydaypaleo for this recipe. I modified it slightly but it is pretty much straight from the EveryDayPaleo blog and the Every Day Paleo book(my first paleo book). Apparently Sarah was out of town doing an event and Sarah's husband John was assigned the task of feeding the boys and writing and posting the blog with the Mexican Meatball recipe. BTW, Great  job John! I am assuming John or even Sarah might actually read my blog. OK Probably not. Sarah is a great mom and promoter of Paleo lifestyle and practices what she preaches and John is a chiropractor. Those of you who know me, know I work at my sister and brother-in-laws chiropractic office when I am not cooking, traveling or working for EPTworks seminars.
Here's the super simple recipe. You know it would not be here if it wasn't super simple and fast to make. I got the bison at the farmers market. You can easily substitute ground turkey for the ground pork. End of the Trail Ranch is north of Zionsville, IN in Whitestown. You can buy bison by calling 317-488-1178 and talk to Micah Marsh. I will be filling my freezer with grass-fed bison from Micah.
Bison is a great lean grass-fed meat that can be used in any recipe calling for beef. It is lower in calories and fat. Here is a comparison of bison and beef:
2.42 grams of fat in 3.5 oz cooked bison
10.15 grams of fat in 3.5 oz cooked beef
Information taken from here

Meatballs with Enchiladas Sauce
Start here....
1 large onion finely chopped and divided 2/3rd and 1/3rd for sauce and meatballs

Enchiladas Sauce

Simmer while making meatballs
2/3rd of the chopped onion
2 Tbs coconut oil
2 cups tomato puree, I used a large can drained diced tomatoes
1 Tbs minced garlic, I used the organic garlic from tube
2 Tbs chili powder
organic garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt

Saute the onion in the coconut oil until translucent.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and whir for a few seconds. Pour into the pan with the cooked onions. Reduce heat and simmer while preparing meatballs.


1 lb grass-fed bison burger, I bought this from End of the Trail Ranch at the local farmers market
1 lb ground pork**, I used breakfast sausage from Archers Meat Market in Fishers IN
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3 cloves garlic, I used 1 Tbs dried minced garlic
1 Tbs oregano
Remaining chopped onion
2 tsp cumin

Mix all the ingredients together and form golf ball size meatballs. I used my hands to mix everything together. Place the meatballs into a glass casserole dish. This makes about 24 meatballs so you might need a large dish or two dishes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the sauce that was simmering over the meatballs and bake another 15 minutes.

This was so yummy. I took it to work with me the other day and it got rave reviews from my sister, her husband, my daughter and a friend. They all asked for the recipe.

Nutritious, delicious, easy and fast to make. Why are you reading the label on that box of hamburger helper or jar of Prego when you can make it from scratch and know what is in the food you are eating. It really is that easy!
**Locally produced pork is available at or from Grandpa Jay's at the Noblesville IN farmers market every Saturday, April through October.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was so luck that I got to try these they were very favorable! Thanks


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