Barbecued Southwest Meatballs with Garlic & Lime Avocado Sauce Recipe

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These Barbecued Southwest Meatballs are delicious right off the grill, and the sauce is simply divine.

I know. Seems a little odd to barbecue meatballs. But man are they good! That flavor from the grill really amps up the overall deliciousness of this dish.

Clean Eating Barbecued Southwest Meatballs with Garlic & Lime Avocado Sauce Recipe

Serve with almost any type of side from veggies to whole grains or pasta. Make a southwestern pasta dish with pasta and extra dressing, or even make a sandwich out of them with a whole grain bun or bread!

These are also wonderful the next day for lunch. Easy to pack up and take with you!

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About The Ingredients

Meatballs

Ground turkey – You can also use ground beef if you prefer.

Red bell pepper – Chop this as finely as you can. It will make a difference in the overall texture of the meatballs.

Ground cumin

Chili powder

Garlic – Mince this fine, or press with a garlic press.

Onion powder – Or onion granules.

Sauce

Limes – Just the juice

Honey – Any kind.

Avocado

Cilantro – Stems removed

Garlic powder

Salt – To taste

How To Make Barbecued Southwest Meatballs

Meatballs

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients, kneading with your hands.

Then mold the meatballs to about the size of a golf ball. Place the meatballs on a hot grill and cook until they reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer. Note that this may be a bit easier to do in a grill pan.

Sauce

While the meatballs cook, combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

When the meatballs are done, serve them with sauce drizzled over the top or in a side dish for dipping.

Storing Barbecued Southwest Meatballs

Store the meatballs separately from the sauce. both the sauce and the meatballs will keep in the fridge for 3 days if stored in an airtight container.

Freezing Barbecued Southwest Meatballs

The sauce cannot be frozen. But the meatballs can. Pack them well and freeze them for up to 4 months.

Reheating Barbecued Southwest Meatballs

From frozen – Thaw completely in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

From fridge – These can be reheated on the grill, in a microwave, or even in an oven.

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Barbecued Southwest Meatballs with Garlic & Lime Avocado Sauce Recipe

Delicious meatballs with a luxurious avocado sauce that is perfect for drizzling or dipping.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 66kcal

Ingredients

Meatball Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • ¾ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 4 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder

Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 medium limes (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 sprig cilantro (stems removed)
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • salt to taste

Instructions

Meatballs

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients, kneading with your hands.
  • Then mold the meatballs to about the size of a golf ball. Place the meatballs on a hot grill and cook until they reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer. Note that this may be a bit easier to do in a grill pan.

Sauce

  • While the meatballs cook, combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • When the meatballs are done, serve them with sauce drizzled over the top or in a side dish for dipping.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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