Magic Meatball Appetizer

Great recipe for: Magic Meatball Appetizer - Hot and tasty - A kitchen workhorse and the foundation of many party Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvre, and Snacks

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Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield: 8 Serving

Magic Meatball Appetizer

Magic Meatball Appetizer



  • 1 med onion -- chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic -- chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup chipotles en adobo with sauce


  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup onion -- finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro -- finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup ground Salsa Verde Doritos chips
  • 1/4 tsp Calvins "Magic" Powder -- or more
  • 1 egg -- beaten OR
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil -- for frying


  1. To make sauce: Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until they are lightly browned. Add the tomato sauce, broth, and the chipotles en adobo. Heat the mixture to just boiling and simmer for 20 minutes. Place the sauce in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth (I used a 2 qt saucepan and used my hand blender instead).
  2. To make meatballs: Combine the turkey, onion, cilantro, bread crumbs, Dorito crumbs, Calvins powder, egg (or egg subs.), and salt and pepper. Gently mix, then form into small meatballs (about 1 inch). Pour a couple of tbsp oil in a heavy saucepan and fry the meatballs. Cook most of the way and then place in the oven at 350F for 15 minutes to finish cooking. Remove and drain.
  3. Return the sauce to the pan, add the meatballs to heat everything together and to mingle the flavors.
  4. To serve: Place in a chafing dish, garnish with cilantro and serve accompanied with toothpicks.
  5. Yield: 8 servings as an appetizer. I found it made about 42 meatballs just with 1 lb of meat. With 2 it will probably make about 84 meatballs.
  6. Out of 42 meatballs there were only 6 left when I left the hot luck. Must've been good!