Turkey Taco Meatballs

Yes, you read that right – taco meatballs.  The recipe, such as it is, was on the back of a package of ground turkey breast.  And I thought – why not.  All you do is thoroughly mix a package of ground turkey breast (usually one and a quarter pounds), a package of taco seasoning (I used chicken taco seasoning) and ¼ cup egg substitute.  Form into balls.  Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add meatballs and sauté for 5 minutes. Add hot water about 1/3 of the way up the meatballs, This lets them cook thoroughly without drying out like so many ground turkey breast things do.  Cook for another 5 minutes and turn over, cooking until the meatballs are cooked through and are no longer pink.

I made my meatballs kind of golf ball size and ate them with warm soft tortillas, green salsa, and sour cream.  I made 17 meatballs, with about .5 grams of fat/meatball.  I ate 3 to a tortilla.

I think there are a lot of things you could do with this recipe.  You could add a tablespoon or two of finely chopped onion and/or cilantro. If I do these again, I will definitely add onion, because I think it will give a better texture. You could add chilis. I think they would be adorable little appetizers, if you made them smaller and served them with toothpicks to dip into salsa or sour cream. You could cook them in salsa verde (homemade or from a jar) instead of water and serve them over rice or noodles.  I did this with a jar of salsa verde when I reheated them for another meal.

Taco meatballs in salsa verde over rice.

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