Friday , 19 January 2018

Southwest Meatball Skillet

Ugh, pretty sure I have senioritis.   Is that even possible to have in grad school?  I’m just done.

I don’t know; I’m simply dreading the new class that’s starting on April 30th.  It’s funny, one month of only taking one class instead of two and I’m completely spoiled!

But anyway, let’s talk food.  I’m pretty sure my love of Southwestern/Mexican cuisine is pretty well documented.  As you can see from recipes like my Chipotle Marinated Steak with Beans and Corn, Mexican Mayonnaise Chicken, Fish Tostadas with Guacamole or my Turkey Salsa Negra over Acorn Squash.

Funnily enough, while I enjoy Mexican food it’s my husband that’s the real die-hard.  I’m pretty sure I could feed him burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, etc. on a daily basis without any complaints from him.  The man even thought he would end up marrying a woman of Hispanic origin!  Which basically adds up to us eating a lot of Southwest inspired dishes since I know my husband will love it.

I saw this recipe on the cover of Clean Eating and immediately wanted to give it a shot, influenced by my love of meatballs.

Serious Side Note: I freaking love meatballs in all their forms.  I’m not sure why having the meat in a small ball versus an actual piece of meat makes me like it so much more.  Maybe it’s because of all the fun stuff you can mix in to them?

Plus this had the added bonus of being a one dish meal and being cooked in my new cast iron, so this was a particular favorite.  Add in the fact that the majority of the ingredients are pantry staples for me and it was a definite must make.

Southwest Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Serving Size: 4 meatballs + 1/4 of vegetable mix

Calories per serving: 393

Fat per serving: 9.6

Southwest Turkey Meatballs

If you wanted you could definitely use all ground turkey or all ground beef.


    Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • ¾ tsp Spanish smoked paprika or Chipotle Chile powder if you like heat
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • Dash cinnamon (about 1/8 tsp)
  • For the Meal
  • 8 oz ground turkey breast
  • 8 oz at least 95% lean ground beef
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat panko
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup frozen yellow or white corn
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine all of the seasoning mix in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, egg whites, bread crumbs, one third of seasoning mix (just eyeball it) and mix well. Shape into 16 meatballs, each about the size of a golf ball.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté onions and garlic for 2 – 3 minutes until onion is starting to become translucent and remove from pan.
  4. Heat remaining 2 tsp of olive oil in skillet. Add meatballs and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Add corn, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, remaining seasoning mix, onions, garlic, stock and lime juice and mix well. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through. Taste and adjust seasonings (more salt, pepper, seasonings, lime juice, etc.) Stir in cilantro and serve.

Original Recipe Here

This recipe is being shared at the NewlyWed Recipe Linky

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  1. I’m entirely grateful that you love Mexican cuisine… I am so there with you! And I always appreciate how you use the full roster of spices – making it bold and beautiful every time. This meal looks fantastic!

  2. Mexican food? I’m in! haha. I love Mexican food and wooow i’m impressed that you have all those spices in your pantry. well I am pretty sure I have some but not all of them.. time to get my Mexican spices so I could cook up this fabulous looking Southwest Meatball Skillet!

    thanks for keeping me company at my blog… it gets lonely sometimes 😛

  3. Oh, we all love Mexican food here! Though I very seldom cook it at home, my family loves going to Mexican restaurants.
    Your southwest turkey meatballs is something I should try making one of these days!

  4. I could eat Mexican food every day, love it. Such great flavors. The meatballs look fantastic!

  5. I have been trying a few Mexican recipes and love them. This looks fantastic.

  6. mmm! That looks delicious! Mexican food is really amazing! It’s too bad there’s not a whole lot here. Although I’m not too knowledgeable about Southwest cuisine, I’ve never encountered a dish I’ve disliked! So I guess it’s safe to say that I’m a huge fan of it too!! mmm… Totally craving for this now…

  7. This sounds fabulous with the turkey meatballs and all of those beans and veggies! What wonderful flavors!

  8. Another great southwestern recipe! Love these one skillet meals with SO much flavor! Delicious! Hope your new class goes well.

  9. If you freaking love meatballs in all their forms, I do love Mexican dishes in all forms as well, the mixture of spices, tomatoes and sometimes cheese is irresistible

  10. What a delicious meal to serve! I would love to cook this at home and eat with my friends and family. Is this an original recipe? Thanks a lot for sharing this by the way.

  11. This post is really attractive and it makes me want to cook this meatball skillet immediately. Where did you get this recipe? Thank you very much for sharing this

  12. That picture is making me drool it looks so good. I <3 Mexican food 🙂

  13. Seeing the dish I really think I should try it once…. getting some positive feedback’s from people….
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