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Tequila-Lime Chorizo Meatballs

Mouthwatering Chorizo Meatballs, drizzled with a creamy cheddar sauce, all infused with Tequila-Lime!

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Tequila-Lime Chorizo Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

Hey, did you know the Superbowl is on Sunday? Because I haven’t heard anybody talking about it or anything? πŸ˜‰ Well, just to add to the over-abundance of already crazy game day eats out there, I’ve got a few more comin’ atcha this week…starting with these Chorizo Meatballs.

Tequila-Lime Chorizo Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

These meatballs are made with tequila and lime juice and an assortment of tasty spices, THEN drizzled (or dipped!) in a cheesy tequila-lime sauce. They’re the ultimate. We loved everything about them, and I know you will too. The meatballs on their own are mouthwatering-ly perfect, the boozy cheese sauce just takes it over.the.TOP.

Tequila-Lime Chorizo Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

Β Let’s talk about the tequila for a second because I don’t want you thinking you’re sitting here getting all boozed up. No way. (Unless you want to? Then I suggest a Margarita!) The tequila cooks off, so they’re safe, but it just gives them SO much flavor. So don’t even think about leaving it out!

Tequila-Lime Chorizo Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

Add these to your game day spread, they’re fantastic. And I promiiiise, you’ll be so glad you did. If you want to keep the cheese sauce warm, just set it in a small crock-pot with a big bowl of meatballs next to them and a little bowl of toothpicks, and dip away! They’ll be gone before you know it!

Tequila-Lime Chorizo Meatballs | Fabtastic Eats

Tequila Lime Chorizo Meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 32 Meatballs

Tequila Lime Chorizo Meatballs

Mouthwatering Chorizo Meatballs, drizzled with a creamy cheddar sauce, all infused with Tequila-Lime!


    Tequila Lime Meatballs
  • 3 links of chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 cup silver tequila
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup panko
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Cheddar Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons tequila
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 ounces extra sharp cheddar, freshly shredded
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large bowl combine the chorizo and ground pork. Using your hands, really mix the two together so that the chorizo is pretty evenly distributed.
  2. Add the paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, tequila, lime juice, and panko. Once again using your hands, mix well.
  3. Roll into 1" balls. You'll get right about 30 Meatballs.
  4. For cooking the meatballs, you can either place them in the oven at 400Β° for 15-20 minutes or in a skillet warmed with olive oil over medium-high heat, for about 5-6 minutes on each side. Once cooked set aside.
  5. To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter over medium heat until it's sizzling. Add the flour and whisk together.
  6. Pour in the milk, tequila, and lime juice, whisking constantly. After about 5 minutes, when the milk starts to warm, add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until completely melted.
  7. Crack a little salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Drizzle the cheese over the meatballs, or pour it in a bowl, with toothpicks and the meatballs on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    These look brilliant. I doubt they would last long especially with that cheddar sauce. πŸ™‚

    January 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah thank you! They definitely went fast!

      January 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Just what I need, another way to consume tequila besides in my margarita! πŸ˜‰ These look to die for! I am obsessed with chorizo and have never thought to make meatballs with them!

    January 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahahah Glad to help! πŸ˜‰

      January 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Nutmeg Nanny

    Swooning over this recipe πŸ™‚ as if the meatballs didn’t already impress me enough, the sauce is fantastic!

    February 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hah oh it’s a perfect combo! thank you!

      February 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Lacy

    Hi Alaina,

    I just wanted to let you know how much my husband and I LOVE these chorizo meatballs…I made them for a date night dinner a few weeks back and we already decided we need them again so I’m making them tonight πŸ™‚ I’m new to your blog and read some of your other posts on pregnancy and motherhood and I appreciate your honesty with making the change to mostly stop food blogging. Your blog is awesome, and it’s awesome that you can spend more time with your kids! Don’t worry about us readers; I will be back for more recipes πŸ˜‰

    April 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hi! Im so so happy you guys enjoyed the meatballs-I love hearing that! & thank you so so much for your kind words, its been so wonderful spending all the extra time with my kids, its so nice! Thank you so much for reading, as always, I appreciate it!

      April 11, 2015 at 9:52 am

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