Feb 2, 2011

Southwest Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce




Meatballs make the perfect finger food and are so much fun to eat. Put them on a platter with toothpicks or serve them on small buns to make sliders and you have yourself a party!

I really love Italian meatballs and spaghetti, who doesn't, but why not get creative and experiment with different meat, herbs and seasoning.

These meatballs are made with extra lean turkey, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, scallions, garlic, cumin and served with a creamy cilantro tomatillo lime dipping sauce. If you prefer them spicy, leave the seeds in, or play around with different peppers like serrano, poblano, or habaneros.


Southwest Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 12 • Size: 2 meatballs (sauce extra) • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 67.1 • Fat: 1.8 g • Carbs: 2.3 g • Fiber: 0.4 g • Protein: 10.5 g

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed (leave some in for spicier meatballs)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch oregano
  • salt and fresh pepper 
  • cooking spray 

Directions:
      Lightly spray baking pan with oil. Preheat oven to 400°.

      Place jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and scallions into a small food processor or chopper and pulse a few times until finely minced.

      In a large bowl combine turkey, chopped herbs, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well and measure 1/4 cup meat, then divide in two so you end up with each meatball 1/8 cup in size. Roll and place on a baking pan.




      Bake meatballs at 400° 15 minutes.



      Makes 24 meatball.


      72 comments :

      1. These look delicious. I can't wait to try them! All the recipes I've tried so far have been delicious, so I know these will be just as good.

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      2. i cannot wait to make these for my husband. he is going to flip. :)

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      3. Love it! Thanks so much........No problems printing this with IE7.

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      4. Wow! This sounds amazing! I know my husband will love it!

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      5. Wow they sound amazing and look good to. I am going to try these this weekend. Thanks

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      6. After baking, do the meatballs freeze well? I was thinking of freezing them in ziplocs in pre-portioned meals for easy reheating...what do you think? thanks

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      7. Can this be made into a meatloaf?

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      8. This must be devine. I have some home made basil pesto , think I'll use it up in the meat balls. I love your recipes. I am embarrassed to say I have never used a tomatillo. I see them, but didn't know how to use them. Are they really hot?

        yvonne

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      9. I think it would freeze fine, also think it would work as a meatloaf.

        Tomatillos are not spicy at all, they are like green tomatoes, with a slightly different taste.

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      10. Everytime I visit your blog I feel so glad to have found you! All the recipes are something I can make anytime and ENJOY them without feeling guilty!

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      11. These sound very yummy, I will be trying them out. There are so many of your recipes that I make and hubby doesn't even know that they are lower in calorie!! I also stopped by to tell you that I gave you a Stylish Blogger award. Come on by and pick it up.
        http://fit-healthy-by-2012-2.blogspot.com/

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      12. I absolutely love this sauce with such tiny and delicious meatballs!

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      13. These sound so spicy and delicious! definitely great game day food!

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      14. Turkey Meatballs are my favorite! What a great idea to serve them as an appetizer!

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      15. These look delicious - a fantastic option for a Super Bowl party this Sunday! I just made a cilantro-based sauce with roasted poblanos that was oh-so good: http://missiondelectable.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/cilantro-lime-steak-fajitas-with-roasted-poblano-sauce/. It would actually work well as a dipping sauce too. Thanks for the inspiration!

        Lovely blog, by the way!

        -Kirsten

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      16. I'm trying these this weekend...They look and sound YUMMY!!!!! I love Cilantro!!!

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      17. I gotta get those mini dipping forks. Gina, we love mini meatballs over here too. This recipe looks great :)

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      18. What a wonderful and creative appetizer and beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so glad to have found your beautiful blog and look forward to seeing more! :) - Georgia

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      19. Congrats on winning the "Best Home Cooking Blog"! I'm way excited for you, I love your blog! I've been introducing it to my entire family and they love it too!

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      20. I'm making this weekend for superbowl Sunday!!

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      21. Hooray! Now I have a yummy, healthy snack to take to the Super Bowl party. Think anyone will be offended if I just eat my own food ;)

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      22. These look delicious! Is there any way you could lighten up beef stroganoff? It's my favorite and I miss it now that I'm dieting

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      23. These meatballs were absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I served them with brown rice and the cilantro dipping sauce on top and they were to die for! Thanks Gina for inspiring me to cook new and interesting recipes that are totally outside of my comfort zone!!

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      24. These are soooo good! These meatballs would be great with pasta or even as a meatloaf. Fresh and satisfying the cilantro dip is just lovely. I made extra! It is my new go to salad dressing. I did not have buttermilk and so I just measured out 1/2 cup of milk into the blended, then added the limejuice, and let it sit to sour while I prepared the rest of the ingredients. So easy and everyone loves them.

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      25. I'm so happy you all enjoyed them, would make great sliders too!

        I have a lightened up beef stroganoff recipe, you can use the search bar (top right) and you'll find it.

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      26. I made these yesterday, wrapped them in flour tortillas with salad using the sauce as a dressing and they were delicious. I've frozen the leftovers, so we'll see how they turn out ...

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      27. My wife and I made these last night for the superbowl... they were tasty! We kept the jalapeno seeds in for the balls, and kept them out of the sauce. I would add seeds next time for a little more kick. We also used fresh parsley... I think next time we'll use the recommended dried.

        Thanks for the recipe - it was a hit, and the Packers Won! YES!!!

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      28. These look very tasty. As a Texas gal, I love all of those flavors. These would be great for a party. The sauce sounds fantastic.

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      29. Harkin, I like a little kick too!

        Texas peach, yes the flavors are right up your alley!

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      30. These were great! We made turkey burgers instead of meatballs and skipped the buttermilk and lime juice in the sauce for a thicker consistency. Perfect!

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      31. I made these for a Super Bowl party and they were a smashing hit! I had a ton of compliments from everyone. Had a couple guys ask for the recipe as well. Definitly a recipe to repeat for pot lucks and get togethers with friends and family. Thanks so much for my new favorit orderve! :)

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      32. I made these for a Super Bowl party and they were a hit! I only made one batch but they went really fast. I put a lot more cilantro in mine but I was surprised how filling they were for being turkey. Definitely will make again!

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      33. These sound amazing. I like the idea of something a little different. All of the spices together will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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      34. I've used your recipes all week to cook dinner for me and my husband. I have LOVED every recipe. I made these tonight and served it as a main course over rice with the tomatillo dressing. It was AMAZING. I love your website. Thanks for sharing!

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      35. hi gina!

        just wanted to ask, if i want to pan fry this meatballs (with Pam spray), how long should it be?

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      36. I'm not sure, I would cut one open to see if it's cooked through.

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      37. Thanks for another great recipe! Can you please tell me where you got those cute little forkie things you stuck in the meatballs?

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      38. Just to let you know, the meatballs and sauce freeze well. Had the leftovers as a very tasty lunch - this could well become a family favourite. Thanks!

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      39. I made these for a pot-luck party and people loved it!

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      40. I'm back on my 3rd time of making these - very popular :)

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      41. Oh, Gina, these were so good. Thank you!!!

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      42. I bet these would make great burgers too!

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      43. I made these yesterday for my BF's birthday party and they were a huge hit! It was my first time making homemade meatballs and i'm so happy they came out well. I also made the sauce, but they didn't have tomatillos at the grocery store. Of course no one noticed and enjoyed it all the same. Thanks!

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      44. Gina, these were the bomb! I made mine into burgers. threw them on the grill. I then mixed some chipotle pepper and adobe sauce in some ketchup. I used the 100 calorie thin buns. Fabulous dinner! served with roasted veggies. Can't wait to try these as meatballs but I think we may be addicted to the burgers!

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      45. I've been thinking of making these into burgers, love your idea! I may try this soon!!

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      46. FYI, Those little forky things can be picked up at any party supply store, CVS, or even $ stores sometimes. Also, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc. Not a difficult item to find.

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      47. I have made these twice and they are awesome. the first time I used 99% lean turkey and i think I overcooked a little bit and the second time i used 93% lean turkey and cooked exactly 15 minutes and they turned out amazing. I will be taking these to alot of parties this fall. Oh, and the dipping sauce is to die for. Thanks Gina.

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      48. I made these for the Virginia Tech game the other day and they were great! So easy and a different flavor for turkey meatballs. Thanks for a great idea!!

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      49. Made this tonight-was great-had baked sweet potatoes and boiled cabbage. Sliced an avacado and put some of the cilantro sauce on it. Very filling-no bedtime munchies tonight. Thanks for all your great recipes!!

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      50. has anyone tried these in a crock pot/slow cooker? if so, how long did you cook them for?

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      51. I I really want to make these tomorrow, but can not find the creamy cilantro tomatillo dipping sauce on your website, I can only find the dressing. How do I make the dipping sauce?

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      52. How can I print this?

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      53. I mixed ingredients from this recipe and the Greek meatball recipe. OMG Amazing. I made them for lunch and dinner this week and I'm sitting here resisting the urge to devour them all now!

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      54. I made these last night and they were beyond amazing. I could literally eat them daily and never tire of them. My husband raved and raved about them and absolutely went nuts for the Cilantro dipping sauce! Fantastic...I rarely comment on recipes, but this one is out of this world delicious!!!!

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      55. I decided to make these into burgers and the results were a success. I used half the egg and bread crumbs as needed for the meatball recipe. Formed the mixture into patties, cooked them on my grill pan, topped them with melted fat-free cheddar cheese and salsa, and served them on 80 calorie wheat buns. YUM! The burgers by themselves were very light in flavor so the salsa was key to making this a tasty, almost fat free, dinner. I paired them with "baked seasoned fries".

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      56. I made these last night, but instead I turned them into burgers and used the creamy cilantro dressing on the burger. I only used a small amount of the egg to hold everything together and grilled for about 20 minutes. Adding a pickle gave it the crunch it needed.

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      57. I have to eat a non-dairy diet. Can you suggest a dipping sauce that does not have milk in it??

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      58. Delicious. but a bit of advice - do NOT cook them for 20 minutes because they "don't look done" at 15. unfortunately, they were very hard. next time will monitor more closely

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      59. Delicious. Love the tip on sizing the meatballs. The 1/4 cup then splitting it made them all the same size. Great taste and presentation.

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      60. Well, Gina...you've done it again! Excellent recipe, easy to make and WW-friendly!! And the sauce was TO DIE FOR :) Lunch for tomorrow is the leftover meatballs (that I had to fight for!), on top of regular salad fixins, with the cilantro dipping sauce as dressing. Can't wait! THANK YOU!!

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      61. Make these for your next get together and you will be the HIT of the party like I was! Delicious and the dipping sauce is to die for!! Highly recommend making these! Follow the easy recipe as written and you won't be disappointed!!

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      62. Hi Gina! These look amazing! I want to make them for a work pot luck, but I'm curious-if I made them the night before, what is the best way to prepare them the following day? Could I throw them in a crockpot to heat them up? Or will microwaving them be ok? Thanks!!

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      63. Would I be able to freeze these? If yes, should I reheat them in oven or microwave?? I'm looking for appetizers to make ahead for my hubbies 50th bday party, and these sound wonderful!!

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      64. Looove these!! I didnt have scallions or cilantro on hand so I added onion, green onion, and kale instead. I add kale to everything!! Turned out wonderful!!

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      65. I made these and ate the leftovers the next day. The dipping sauce is even better the next day! Then I made cauliflower crust pizza and used the rest of the sauce as the pizza sauce! Great one Gina!

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      66. making these right now ... they smell so good!! The dressing turned out great!!!

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      67. if you can also give calories and serving size it would be great! i love the recipes

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      68. I've had them! there unbelievably good! Great appie

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      69. I just made these.. they are SO good! And the dipping sauce is absolutely addicting. I left the jalapeno seeds in the sauce because I like things spicy, and it is fantastic. I want to put it on everything. Thank you for making eating healthy not so bad! I already can't wait to make these again.

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