Last updated May 11, 2020 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Spicy Jalapeno Meatballs

Spicy Jalapeno Meatballs

These spicy jalapeño meatballs can be made with your choice of ground chicken or turkey. They’re baked, not fried, meaning that you can use less oil and they are much easier to cook! Just pop them in the oven and they are ready to eat in less the 20 minutes.

These protein-packed meatballs are moist and packed with flavor thanks to fresh jalapeño, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Serve with a salad tossed in a simple lime dressing for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

This is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze. Make a large batch and divide into meal-sized portions. Then you can take them out of the freezer and into the oven for a quick, nutritious meal when you are short on time.Enjoy!

4.23 from 31 votes
Spicy Jalapeno Meatballs
Spicy Jalapeno Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 20 meatballs
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 1 Tbsp. oil, olive or coconut
  • 1 lb. ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/205 degrees C. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with a tablespoon of oil, set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix together ground chicken or turkey, finely minced cilantro, finely diced jalapeno, fresh lime juice, salt, pepper and cumin powder. With wet hands, form meat mixture into 20 balls.
  3. Place meatballs on oiled baking sheet, about an inch apart. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked.
  4. Serve meatballs with a side salad drizzled with a simple dressing of 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, a pinch of powdered stevia and salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Chill any remaining meatballs in the refrigerator, freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet, then place meatballs in an air tight container and freeze up to 3 months. To thaw meatballs, let container stand in the refrigerator overnight or use meatballs in recipes frozen, straight from the freezer.

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  1. Marian says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this tonight!

  2. Chrissy says:

    5 stars
    I really enjoy making Cadidia Diet recipes.
    Healthy foods can be easy and fun to make.
    I have The Ultimate Candidia Diet Recipe Guide
    and have made over half of them. Even my fussy
    husband likes most of them. Thank you.

  3. Johnson says:

    4 stars
    These meatballs are really tasty but you need some sort of sauce with them to take it to the next level. I also modified the recipe to 2 jalapeños for a little extra kick.

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