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Southwest Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

We have been on a total meatball kick lately, mostly because they make life easy. We just make a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs, and then use the leftovers for lunches and snacks throughout the week. It is so easy and makes for a good, protein-packed snack! They are also a great game day finger food item too! Or even an appetizer as we move into the holiday party season. So many options!

We love making a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs for lunches and snacks during the week. They are so easy and make Paleo + Whole30 a breeze! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar-Free. | realsimplegood.comHow These Southwest Turkey Meatballs Come Together

All you really do to make these fabulous meatballs is place all of the ingredients (except for the canned tomatoes) in a large mixing bowl, and roll your sleeves up. Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients. Then, use an ice cream scoop to carve out golfball sized meatballs right on your parchment lined baking sheets. Yes, we use parchment to line our baking sheets to help with clean up and so they don’t stick to the pan and fall apart.

We like to bake our meatballs and find that they turn out best when baked since we don’t use bread crumbs, grains or eggs to keep them together. Plus, it is actually quite easy to scoop them out onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven. Once they are baked, we toss them on the stove with crushed tomatoes for the finishing touch.

We love making a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs for lunches and snacks during the week. They are so easy and make Paleo + Whole30 a breeze! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar-Free. | realsimplegood.comBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack – They’re Great Anytime

The true beauty of these marvelous meatballs is that they can really be eaten any time of the day and for any meal or snack! Meatballs are truly one of the most versatile things. You could pair them with eggs for breakfast, serve them over greens for lunch, with roasted veggies for dinner, or just eat them solo for a snack! Seriously, now are you starting to see why we’ve been in a meatball craze lately!? You can also try our teriyaki turkey meatballs for an entirely different flavor.

We love making a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs for lunches and snacks during the week. They are so easy and make Paleo + Whole30 a breeze! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar-Free. | realsimplegood.comYour Turn To Make Our Southwest Turkey Meatballs

Go ahead and make a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs to have on hand for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks during the week. See how easy they make your life! Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood, so we can check it out!

We love making a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs for lunches and snacks during the week. They are so easy and make Paleo + Whole30 a breeze! Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar-Free. | realsimplegood.com

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Southwest Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Justin + Erica Winn
We love making a big batch of these southwest turkey meatballs for lunches and snacks during the week. They are so easy and make Paleo + Whole30 a breeze!
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 3 jalapeños, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet (one large or two small) with parchment paper. 
  • Prepare the jalapeños, garlic and green onion as noted above. Place in a large mixing bowl with ground turkey, cumin, salt and pepper. Use your hands to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop to make golfball sized meatballs on your parchment lined baking sheet(s). It should make about 24-25 meatballs. Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked all the way through.  
  • In the last five minutes of baking, place your can of diced tomatoes in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Let it heat up. Once meatballs are done cooking, remove from oven and use tongs to place them in the tomatoes on the stove. Toss to coat and serve. Enjoy - for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks! 

Notes

Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 2g
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6 thoughts on “Southwest Turkey Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

  • My husband cannot handle spicy, so I’m always worried when recipes call for jalapeños, especially 3! Do you think using just one jalapeño would keep it more mild, or do you have a less spicy substitute recommendation? These sound delicious and I look forward to making them. Thanks!

    • Yes! You could totally cut back on the jalapeños or use green chiles instead. I think they’re more mild. You could also just pass on them entirely! If you do use them, make sure to remove the seeds. They carry the real heat! Thanks for visiting! Hope you make these yummy meatballs real soon! Let us know how it goes if you do. 🙂

  • Oh heck to the yes! These look insanely good- love how simple and flavorful they are! AND low carb- an all around winner if you ask me!

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