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Mexican Meatballs

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These Mexican Meatballs are wonderfully spiced, with a ground turkey base for a delicious appetizer, side, or part of a main!

Plus, they’re not the only turkey meatballs I have; including these healthy turkey meatballs, turkey quinoa meatballs, and Instant Pot meatballs!

Mexican Meatballs on a tray with guacamole on the side

While great America is pulling on their stretchy pants, here in Canada we are long past that stage. It is Christmas craziness which I can’t seem to get a hang of just yet. All I keep hearing is Cabo’s waves and dreaming of long walks on the never ending beach.

Mexican Meatballs served on plate over rice with a fork

This Mexican meatballs recipe came from Lexi’s new cookbook Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

ground turkey, seasonings, onions in bowl

The meatballs are super simple – ground turkey, cheese, green onions, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin and salt. Do not skip the cheese. Cheese or an egg makes meatballs moist.

I doubled the recipe because newlywed Lexi’s food consumption doesn’t come even close to Olena’s bursting at seams with testosterone house. Plus, I know from experience making my porcupine meatballs, Thai meatballs and other meatball dishes like this turkey meatball soup that I always need to double up!

Mexican Meatballs lined up on parchment paper on baking tray; unbaked

Mexican Meatballs served on plate with rice and guacamole

For a side, I made brown rice. Chopped tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro to make a lazy pico de gallo. And smashed some avocado with garlic and cilantro to make even lazier guacamole. If you are Mexican, judge me all you want re: garlic but this is how I like my Ukrainian guacamole- though you can, of course, make this easy guacamole or salsa guacamole, too.

Mexican Meatballs garnished with diced tomatoes, onions and cilantro

What is great about this recipe is that it can be served as an appetizer. Yaaaay. Those are always tricky to make clean. These meatballs were so easy to make within 20 minutes and came out delicious and full of flavour!

In fact, these turkey meatballs make for a great game-day appetizer alongside dishes like these chicken topped cucumber bites, turkey sliders, black bean nachos, and seven-layer dip!

view of kitchen with crock pot, laptop

By 3PM my kitchen was a disaster. BUT I cooked beans => learn how to cook dried beans, tested roasted red pepper lasagna slow cooker, and made turkey meatball soup. That is how we roll here. And trust me I’m yet to throw out any food. Everything gets eaten here. Prepare to be amazed, Olena.

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Mexican Meatballs

Mexican Meatballs

Super easy and juicy Mexican Meatballs Recipe with ground turkey, bake for 15 minutes, then serve with rice for an easy healthy dinner or as an appetizer.
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 30 meatballs
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


Mexican Meatballs:


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.*
  • In a large mixing bowl, add turkey, cheese, green onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and mix well using your hands. Form into 30 golf ball size meatballs (I use small ice cream scoop).
  • Bake meatballs in 2 batches for 15 minutes or until browned. Serve hot with brown rice/quinoa, guacamole and pico de gallo. Or serve as an appy.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

    Freeze: Lay rolled meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze completely and transfer to a large Ziploc bag. Bake from frozen following recipe's instructions + 10 minutes.



      Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        This are the best meatballs ever!!!My family loves them. We pared them with rice and Mexican beans. Awesome! Thanks for the recipe.

      2. 5 stars
        Wow. Our friends are making this for us tonight. My husband is awaiting gallbladder surgery so his fat is very limited. 1 go per meatball! That’s fantastic. We can’t wait to eat them and I’ve printed your recipe. I’ll be making them soon

      3. I’m wondering how many eggs you would suggest to use if I am trying to make this recipe dairy free?? Or what other substitute for the cheese would you recommend?

      4. 5 stars
        Loved this recipe! Keeper in the rotation! Very moist and flavorful! I served it with coconut cilantro cauliflower rice and beans to round out our Mexican meal!

        1. What a delicious meal you made with the cauliflower rice and beans. SO happy that you liked the meatballs recipe Leslie!

      5. 5 stars
        These meatballs were absolutely delicious. My entire family enjoyed them, even my son, who is the picky eater in our family.

      6. 5 stars
        Loved these! So much flavor! I made mine smaller so I was able to get 49 meatballs instead of 30. I plan to use the leftovers in a Mexican Albondigas soup I want to try.?

      7. 5 stars
        Hi thank you for this quick tasty meal. I added three veggies to go with this when I made it. I always need healthy quick new recipe’s! This was perfect!

      8. 5 stars
        These were very good meatballs! My daughter has already requested they be added to the regular meal rotation. I served with your street corn salad and whole wheat spaghetti noodles dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper. It was a huge hit all around.
        Thank you for the recipes!

      9. So who ended up winning the copies of Lexi’s Clean kitchen?!? I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.

        1. Sorry, forgot to update the winners info. Just added. Sorry, you didn’t win.:( I would give you my copy if you lived near by. Or it is a good price on Amazon. 😉

      10. My favourite clean eating recipe is the Cinnamon apple, walnut, kale and quinoa salad. As i’m cooking for myself this recipe lasted me all week which made cooking during the week easy. I love that this recipe is super light and so tasty and tasted delicious whether eaten hot or cold. I sometimes use this recipe as a side salad with some meat as well if i’m feeling that way inclined. x

      11. Oh boy! A favorite is hard to nail down! What we use most is Sweet with Heat Prepared Mustard. I’m constantly making a new batch! It goes on sandwiches, drizzled over sliced hard boiled eggs, celery and other raw veg get dipped in it, it gets mixed in yogurt for salad dressing!

        We LOVE the mac and cheese muffins even though er aren’t kids, LoL.
        I make the Ukrainian zucchini, cauliflower and potato bake a lot,
        Also most of recipes involving tuna and salmon in a can and salad or patty/melts.
        The Borscht! If I’m eating alone…. sigh… I am recovering from from some abdominal surgery and made some just before, because I thought it might taste good when feeling under-the-weather and be healing and nourishing. I was right!

        I can’t even think of everything! You know? I have been following for a long time. If I’m at a loss for dinner, I come to your recipes and stand in front of my fridge and pantry to see what “we” can make!

      12. I don’t eat meat, but you have lots of recipes that are good for me & my diet. no doubt this cookbook will have plenty for me as well!
        my fav meal when I don’t know what I want & didn’t plan anything is a baked sweet potato stuffed with precooked legumes from freezer & any veggies in fridge.

      13. One of your all-time favorites is your ground turkey spaghetti squash bake. Love it! I also love roasting a variety of veggies then throwing them together with cooked groats, kale or spinach and feta cheese.

      14. Being honest my family and I don’t always eat healthy. We do like our veggie hummus wraps and I have changed from white rice to brown rice. I will be making more changes starting in the New Year. We are just taking baby steps!

      15. I have two go-to’s. One is Portabella pizzas, the other is a simple salad with spinach, chicken or eggs and balsamic dressing. Both are pretty simple and require few ingredients and little time.

      16. I always opt for Mexican flavors, so chili is a big winner in my house. We aren’t allowed dairy, though (Fast Metabolism Diet) so no cheese or sour cream (boooooooo)!

      17. My favorite healthy go to dish usually are ones that allow me to clean out the fridge! I love to layer leftover veggies, meat, and salsa/tomatoes with sprouted corn tortillas and a little cheese. Throw it in the oven, and it’s the tastiest, easy dinner! With a big scoop of guacamole on the side 😉

      18. My favourite to go dish is over night oats. i make them the night before, hit the gym in the morning and grab my over night oats on my way to work.

      19. My favorite clean eating recipe is a chicken soup made with onions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, cabbage, and lots of chicken broth.

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