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Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles Recipe

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as an appetizer, topping a southwest salad or even stuffed in a hoagie. They’re perfect for any time of year but especially tailgating!

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as an appetizer, topping a southwest salad or even stuffed in a hoagie. They're perfect for any time of year but especially tailgating! | HostessAtHeart.comThere are so many activities this time of year and that makes it especially important to relax with friends. Sports are a great excuse to do that and these Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as a tailgating treat.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as an appetizer, topping a southwest salad or even stuffed in a hoagie. They're perfect for any time of year but especially tailgating! | HostessAtHeart.comGround turkey is a great lean option for when I make anything where I normally use ground beef. The thing is they can be pretty flavorless unless you add some spices. I learned that lesson when I made my Turkey Sloppy Joes. After a couple of tries, they are now my go-to Sloppy Joe recipe.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as an appetizer, topping a southwest salad or even stuffed in a hoagie. They're perfect for any time of year but especially tailgating! | HostessAtHeart.comI wanted these meatballs spicy so I used a homemade taco seasoning and some green chiles. John loves food a lot spicier than I do. When food is too spicy I think the flavor is replaced with heat. He just thinks I’m just a wimp. I originally made these with turkey sausage but the sausage spices just took over and none of my other flavors came through. They were delicious for breakfast but not what I was looking for here.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as an appetizer, topping a southwest salad or even stuffed in a hoagie. They're perfect for any time of year but especially tailgating! | HostessAtHeart.comThese meatballs came out delicious. Best of all they can be mixed and baked in under 30 minutes so they’re perfect when you need something on short notice. They are good cold or can be baked in a jiffy and then thrown into a slow-cooker to keep warm which makes them a great make and take appetizer too. While they don’t need a sauce, a side of salsa or cheese dip would be yummy too.

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Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles Recipe

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles are perfect as an appetizer, topping a southwest salad or even stuffed in a hoagie. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 25 meatballs
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs plain or seasoned
  • 1/4 cup Cotija cheese grated
  • 1 4 oz can green chiles mild or hot undrained
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1//2 tsp Mexican oregano dried
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/2 for spicier
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.  Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil.  Spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients together and mix to blend.  Roll into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place them on the baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 61mg | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Tailgating 2017

It’s no secret that I’m a snacker and can live on appetizers. October is “Tailgating” month organized by Debi from Life Currents. I don’t know how she does it because it would be like herding a bunch of cats. Well, I’m one of those cats and let’s see what the others brought too!

October is Tailgating Snacks Month 2017

Hosted by Life Currents

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Recipe Rating




Deanna

Monday 30th of October 2017

Love this!!! I am a HUGE meatball fan!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of October 2017

Thank you, Deanna!

Debra C.

Sunday 29th of October 2017

These look just delicious, I love the salty bite from the cojita cheese, I love the slaty bite. I'm sure it sends these turkey meatballs right over the top - what a great bite for tailgating!

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of October 2017

Thank you, Debra!

Michaela Kenkel

Sunday 29th of October 2017

Green chilies are one of my FAVORITES!! These are perfect little bites!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of October 2017

I love green chiles too and am always trying to stuff them into stuff.

Judith Graber

Saturday 28th of October 2017

I am a big fan of any kind of meatballs and your "Mexican" version sounds so good. I have printed it and hope to make them before college football season is over. I know these would be a hit :)

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of October 2017

Thank you, Judi! I swear I could eat Mexican inspired dishes 24/7!

Lori Vachon

Friday 27th of October 2017

Love the flavors in these meatballs, some of my favorites!

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of October 2017

Thank you, Lori!