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Mexican Meatballs with Tomato Corn Salsa

July 15, 2010

The other night, as I was making spiced meatballs, I realized I could probably do a post solely about all the things you can do with meatballs.

On second thought:

All The Things You Can Do With Meatballs

On spaghetti
In a sandwich
On a salad
Kebabs with vegetables
Cold out of the fridge
With a variety of dipping sauces
Wrapped in bacon
Use as the punchline of a dirty joke

Ok, dirty jokes aside, I feel that sadly meatballs are placed in just the Italian category. Spaghetti and meatballs. Meatball sub. Meatballs are gangster, but they can also have a softer side. So I would like to introduce you to my favorite thing to do with meatballs:

Change up the flavor.

The wonderful thing about a pound of ground turkey is that you can add any spices and fillings you like, transforming it from literally a ball of meat to a Middle Eastern kofka or soy glazed Asian kebab.
You can create 3 or 4 meals in one shot if you’d like. Then, you can go to your fridge and say “Hmm. Would I like Chinese, Italian, French, or Moroccan tonight?” Seriously, how good does that sound?!

Instead of making my spiced meatballs with the whole pound of meat, I only used a half pound. I put the other half in another bowl and added all the spices for my Mexican-inspired meatballs. Then I made all the meatballs at once, cooked them on the same tray, and just put the Mexican ones in the fridge until I devoured them tonight.

You can even split your ground turkey 3, 4, or 5 ways and make a variety of flavors in one shot, which would be perfect little snacks to serve at a party.

Tonight’s meatballs were a different kind of spice, hotter than last night with more of a “punch in the face” than a kick. But instead of a cooling yogurt sauce to combat this meatball’s attempts at violence we have a refreshing salsa, made with fresh corn and lime the immediately blasts the heat away. A touch of sour cream finishes the fiesta with a bang.

Mexican Meatballs with Corn and Tomato Salsa

For the Meatballs:
1/2 pound ground turkey

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/4 onion, grated

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper

For the Salsa:

The kernels of 1 ear of corn

1 can of diced tomatoes, drained

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper

To Serve:

Sour cream


Brown rice

Preheat oven to 400*

To prepare the meatballs, combine all ingredients together and mix until everything is evenly distributed. Roll into ball slightly smaller than a gold ball (I got 10 balls from 1/2 a pound of meat).

Place a wire rack on top of an oven proof dish. Put the meatballs on the rack and back for 25 minutes, or until no longer pink.

To make the salsa, combine all ingredients and let marinade in the fridge until the meatballs are done.

Serve everything together in whichever fashion you choose. It tastes just as good all mixed together as it does separately!

If you do decide to make a bunch of flavors at once, you could always play the “which flavor am I?” game.

Oops, there goes another dirty joke.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2010 6:07 pm

    another great variation πŸ™‚

  2. July 15, 2010 8:29 pm

    I love your spicy spin on meatballs! They look so tasty with the salsa. Give me a meatball any way, any time of the day!

  3. July 18, 2010 2:42 pm

    Meatballs are so versatile and this dinner sounds great. Did you see the recent Bon Appetit with all the meatball ideas? I made a soup with Mexican meatballs and a Moroccan stew with them – so fun!

  4. July 18, 2010 8:30 pm

    YUM! I love meatballs and anything Mexican…sign me up! I’ll bet they went together fabulously! Especially with avocado πŸ™‚

  5. July 19, 2010 8:26 am

    fun recipe!

  6. July 19, 2010 8:40 pm

    Yum yum, I love meatballs in all shapes and forms (eeek?). This dish looks especially awesome though… Mexican + meatballs?? What could be better?!

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