Southwest Turkey Meatballs

These Southwest Turkey Meatballs are made with ground turkey, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, scallions, garlic and cumin which I served with a Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dipping Sauce.

Meatballs make the perfect finger food and are so much fun to eat. Put them on a platter with toothpicks or as a main dish with salad or grains. Also great for meal prep!

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

If you prefer them spicy, leave the seeds in, or play around with different peppers like serrano, poblano, or habaneros.

To Meal Prep, divide the meatballs in 4 meal prep containers and serve with salad and vegetables such as cauliflower rice.

How To Make Southwest Turkey Meatballs

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Southwest Turkey Meatballs

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!


  • 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, chopped
  • 1/4 cup seasoned plain or gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch oregano
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray
  • Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dipping Sauce (optional for dipping)


  1. Lightly spray baking pan with oil. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Place jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and scallions into a small food processor or chopper and pulse a few times until finely minced.
  3. In a large bowl combine turkey, chopped herbs, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, salt and pepper.
  4. 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.
  5. Roll and place on a baking pan.
  6. Bake meatballs at 400° 15 minutes.
  7. Makes 24 meatball.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size: 2 meatballs

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 0
  • Points +: 2
  • Calories: 67 calories
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2.5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 10.5g
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