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Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

You can never go wrong with a good meatball recipe and these baked turkey meatballs are beyond delicious! Made with ground turkey and chorizo, these meatballs are paired with an avocado sauce and are done is 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 239kcal
Author: Amanda Mason

Ingredients

For The Meatballs

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound chorizo (pork, chicken, beef)
  • ¼ small red onion, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground blank pepper

For The Avocado Sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ fresh lime juice from a lime
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ jalapeño
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise

Instructions

To Prepare The Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  • Place the ground turkey, ground chorizo, red onion, bell pepper, garlic cloves, jalapeño, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper into a bowl and use your hands to mix the mixture together.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the mixture and form into balls. This should make about 18-24 meatballs.
  • Place each meatball, side by side, into the greased baking dish.
  • Put in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

To Prepare The Avocado Sauce

  • While the meatballs cook, create the avocado dipping sauce by placing the avocado, cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, jalapeño, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Pulse until well combined.
  • Once smooth, add the mayonnaise and process once more until well combined.
  • Dip the cooked meatballs into the sauce and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Use disposable plastic gloves when chopping the jalapeño, removing the seeds, and mixing the meat and other ingredients. Fresh cut jalapeños can irritate and burn your skin for up to 2 days so be careful.
  • Feel free to use a blender if you don't have a food processor. 
  • There's no need to turn these meatballs while cooking. 
  • Serve with any sauce you like. They taste amazing with marinara and pesto sauce.
  • If you like meatball subs, then this recipe works really well!
  • These also taste amazing in spaghetti and chili.
  • You can make these meatballs any size you want. Regardless of how big or small your meatballs are, use an instant read thermometer to make sure they are completely cooked.
  • You can also serve these on a bed of rice or cooked pasta. 

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg