Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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These Paleo Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs are simple, batch cook-friendly, and packed with flavor made possible by an abundance of healthy Summer vegetables! Take advantage of this Summer’s tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, onions, garlic, and poblano peppers. The salsa verde is a breeze to whip up and these turkey meatballs are delicious over polished white or cauliflower rice!

Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

I'm happy to share this week's submission for the Summer CSA Recipe series! It's lean, green, mean (okay maybe not mean), batch-cook friendly, delicious, and speaks to my Hispanic roots. WIN!

MAYBE this isn't the most beautiful dish to come out of my kitchen, but it sure is one of the most flavorful! The “verde” sauce cooked with these enchilada-inspired meatballs is actually ANOTHER sneak peek recipe from my ‘Fed & Fit' book! I just love enchiladas. They're so darn comforting! I think it's because they're baked in a casserole dish and come out piping hot (just like these turkey meatballs).

overhead view of a casserole dish of Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are a total BREEZE to whip up, you guys. All you need is a blender or food processor to make the salsa verde (recipe HERE) and then a casserole dish for baking. Your blender and oven really do most of the work!

As for serving this tasty dish, I prefer it over a bed of cauliflower rice OR polished white rice (depending on my mood and need for starch). Be sure to grab an extra spoonful of the verde sauce to mix with the rice!

overhead view of Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

ALSO be sure to check out with Juli and Lexi cooked up for you this week! Links and photos to follow today's recipe.


Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 meatballs 1x


  • 34 large poblano peppers
  • 1 batch Paleo Salsa Verde
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup diced finely chopped red onion, for garnish


  1. Turn the oven on to “broil.” Place the poblano peppers on a rimmed baking sheet and when the oven is at temperature, place them under the broiler. Check on the peppers every 3 minutes, flipping them over so that they blister evenly on all sides. This process may take anywhere between 6 to 12 minutes. The shiny outer skin will bubble, blister, and darken – that's when you know it's done. Remove them from the oven and either set aside to cool completely, or transfer to a container to refrigerate until you're ready to assemble. Note: this step can be done a few days in advance!
  2. Once cooled, peel the skin off the peppers and discard. Remove the stems and seeds, then finely chop the flesh.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F. For the meatballs, using your hands, mix the chopped peppers into the turkey with the rest of the seasonings. Roll the balls into approximately 2 tablespoon-sized portions. Place in a large baking dish (9″ x 13″ is what I used).
  4. Pour the salsa verde over the meatballs and transfer to the oven. Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes, or until the sides of the dish start to bubble and darken.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and onion, serve over rice, and enjoy!

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  1. Cassie says:

    Hi Cassy,
    LOVE your Snapchat!
    These sound amazing, a double batch in the freezer to pull out when it’s cold would be great!

    1. Cassy says:

      Totally! 🙂

  2. where are the instructions for mking the sauce for the meatballs? I have searched the recipe several times and can’t seem to find it. Thepeppers are broiling and I need it asap. norma

  3. Lauren says:

    Made these girlfriend and they are amazing! The salsa verde is SPICY but I love the tang and putting it over plainer things, like a little white rice and plain chicken and Y-U-M. Thank you for your energy and message!

  4. Kristen says:

    I made this a while back and it was very good, but it was too spicy for me. Is it the poblano peppers? Is there a substitution to make it more mild?

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Hi Kristen! Poblano peppers are one of those peppers that can be spicy or really mild, so we suggest tasting them before you cook with them if you’re sensitive to spice. Also, making sure to scrape out all of the seeds should help. Otherwise, we’d recommend going with a green bell pepper and maybe even charring it ahead of time to add a bit more flavor (since a bell pepper has much less flavor than a poblano pepper). Good luck, and we hope this helps!