Low Carolie Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat.

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16 oz ground turkey
1 large egg
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp ground Parmesan cheese
Spray oil

For the Tomato Sauce:
1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
2 small Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 tomatillos, chopped
1 red or yellow sweet pepper, chopped
1 oz fresh basil, chopped
1 oz fresh oregano, chopped
Spray oil


For the meatballs: In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well with a slotted spoon. Form small meatballs and add to a heated frying pan, 1-2 ounces each. Lightly spray with no calorie spray oil.

Fry over medium heat 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. Be sure to turn the meatballs every few minutes so they don’t burn on one side.

Serve with tomato sauce. See below!

Cooking Directions for Tomato Sauce:

Heat a deep pan to medium heat and spray lightly with spray oil. Add onion and cook about 3-4 minutes, or until onion begins to become translucent. Add jalapeno and sweet pepper and cook 2 more minutes, stirring often.

Add remaining ingredients and heat until tomato sauce begins to bubble.Reduce heat to medium and simmer at least 20 minutes. You can simmer longer to allow the herbs to strengthen in flavor.Serve over meatballs above!

NOTE: If you prefer your sauce to be a bit “saucier” in consistency, you can transfer some of it to a blender or food processor for blending, then set back to the pan to simmer.

Total Calories/Meatballs: 1115 (~279 calories per 4 ounce serving) Total Calories/Sauce: 254 (63.5 per serving) Total Calories: 1369 (343 calories per serving

Serves 4 total

From chilepeppermadness.com