Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 4 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce)

Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 6 ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.

Step 2

Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, and chili powder in a large bowl; using wet hands, shape into 16 meatballs.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add meatballs; cook 2 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add tomato mixture to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes or until the meatballs are done.

Ratings & Reviews


June 07, 2016
These meatballs had no taste to them at all.

sukeedog's Review

September 13, 2014
Weird and bland. The meatballs are blah, the sauce is thin and vinegary, and "barbecue" is very misleading. The flavor is more - southwest, maybe? Which we normally love, but it definitely didn't go with the Italian-flavored breadcrumbs... All in all, a disappointing recipe.

djohnston7's Review

September 11, 2014
This is the first CL recipe I have rated this low. Took the previous reviewers' advice and tried adding missing ingredients that make up by fav bbq sauce (worsteshire, dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, celery seed). It was still odd - the consistency of the blended (used food processor also) diced tomatoes left the sauce watery in parts with thicker blobs. I think the tomatoes with peppers (I used Rotel) was what helped make it taste taco-ey. The meatballs definitely needed salt. Made this with cornbread pudding - ate more of that than I did the meatballs!

LightestFan's Review

January 13, 2014

Kalifish's Review

October 12, 2013
Easy recipe, very good with mashed potatoes. I added a pinch of salt to the sauce. Obviously the ingredients do not lend a typical bbq flavor.

bellymama's Review

July 15, 2013
This rates as one of the worst Cooking Light recipes we've made. The sauce was vinegary and just not good. The meatballs were bland without the sauce, but nobody liked the sauce. This is not a keeper.

jackiedeeh's Review

June 28, 2013
I agree with previous comments, it was more of a salsa/southwest spicy flavor versus a barbeque. I also wish the sauce thickened up more as it was kind of runny. I added one egg to the meat mixture because I was afraid of the meatballs not sticking together as I haven't ever made meatballs without either 1 egg or 2 egg whites.

3littlebirds's Review

June 25, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly & my boyfriend & I loved it! It was def too spicy for the kids though. I used the leftover sauce & meatballs the next day on a pizza with some smoked gouda, it was amazing!!!

LDombeck's Review

June 11, 2013
This was a good recipe. I only found a 10.5 oz can of tomatoes with green chiles. and my breadcrumbs weren't seasoned. I served it with rice. It was a good recipe, but I probably won't make again. I have a lot of other better things to use my ground turkey with. Good to make once.

KathleenLee's Review

May 23, 2013