Mexican Turkey Meatball Sandwiches with Avocado Smash and Game Day Sweepstakes

by heidi on January 14, 2013

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I’m just saying it now. So get out your cute little Moleskins, grab a pen and take heed.

2013 is the year of the meatball.

No matter it’s nationality—Italian, Swedish, Vietnamese, Greek, every country has it’s version of meatballs—the meatball is a ubiquitous culinary staple that is the figurehead of  basic, down-to-earth, comfort food. In. My. Mouth.

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The meatball has even made its way into popular culture, including as the title of one of my all-time favorite movies now being made into a T.V. series  by none other than the creator of Friday Night Lights (I’m so ready to discover  who will become my new Riggins, IF, and that’s a big IF, he can be replaced.) Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times? Ah, yes, about now I certainly am.

Then of course there’s one of my Smudge’s fave movies, Adam Sandler’s beloved dog and describing the scope of Snooki’s Jersey Shore problems. Is Jersey Shore even worth referring to as ‘popular culture’ anymore?

I’m betting you’ll be seeing a few meatballs tossed around the old FoodieCrush blog in the coming months, including a round-up that will become your go-to guide for all things meatball-esque.

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But in the meantime, I’m working on a Mexican-inspired version, one I dreamed up while basking on Secreto Beach over Newy Years at our rented house (we were in the Fish Villa)  outside Playa del Carmen.

Hey ya’ll above the equator, have I made ya’ jealous yet?

For the family vacation, I took charge of the cooking duties, not because I don’t have a family of amazing cooks but because I hate clean-up duties, plus I was absolutely inspired by the foodie ingredients we discovered in the town of Playa del Carmen.

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We succumbed to a visit to Walmart since it was the suggestion of the 21-year-old-driver who trolleyed us from the airport, and hey, we’re in Mexico and my beloved Costco was in the other direction, and we didn’t know where the nearest small-town local market was.

Walmart. It was crazy. Crazier than the usual Walmart spectacle. Another vision to commit to the no-bueno-Walmart-experience.

After 2 hours trolling the aisles we discovered a plethora of tequila varieties, only one brand of tortilla chips and some chick who tried to muscle me out of the way while searching for the perfectly ripest Avocados from Mexico, who I later spotted pushing her car through the parking lot—KARMA!—we made our way out to the car with two shopping carts full of deliciousness to fill us for what a normal family might feed on for a week. For our gourmands, this load would happily last for just a few days.

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As with most of my vacations, much of my enjoyment comes from eating—and cooking—the local flavors. From which certainly inspired these Mexican Turkey Meatball with Avocado Smash Sandwich.

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I love turkey, especially in meatballs when I’m watching the numbers on the scale. Even when I’m watching my weight, I veer away from the leanest grinds of turkey, opting for at least 15% fat so to create a juicy and flavorful ball. Chiles, garlic, a little onion and Mexican spice certainly lend to the mex flavor and when steeped in enchilada sauce, and garnished with Avocados from Mexico plus pickled onions and jalapenos, YOU my friends have an amazing meatball sandwich.

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The other key to this recipe is the bread. If you can, try and find a Mexican roll, like these bolillos, that are soft on the inside, sturdy on the outside. And delicious in between.

Mexican Turkey Meatball Sandwiches with Avocado Smash

Serving Size: 4-6

Mexican Turkey Meatball Sandwiches with Avocado Smash

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey (85% fat content)
1 egg, beaten
½ cup dried bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, minced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped plus ¼ cup cilantro leaves for garnish
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
½ cup dried bread crumbs
1 teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 28-ounce can enchilada sauce
⅓ cup cotija cheese
2 Avocados from Mexico, pitted and removed from shell
4-6 bolillo rolls
pickled jalapenos, plus 2 tablespoons of reserved juice
pickled onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix turkey, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, onion, cilantro, spices and 1 teaspoon salt and pepper until combined, careful not to overwork the mixture. Roll meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs between palms of your hands, making 15 meatballs. Place on a baking sheet in rows of three and place in oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until 180 degrees internal temperature.
  3. Bring a large, high-sided skillet or dutch oven to medium-high heat, add enchilada sauce and bring to a medium boil. Reduce temperature to medium and add meatballs then reduce to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mash the avocados and add the reserved pickled jalapeno juice plus kosher salt to taste. Slice the rolls almost all the way in half and slather some of the mashed avocado on the buns. Top with pickled onion. Pour 1 tablespoon or so of enchilada sauce on the top half of the bun, then slice 2-3 of the meatballs in half and place on top of the avocados. Garnish with cilantro and cotija cheese plus pickled jalapeno if desired.
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Bev @ Bev Cooks January 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

This is absolutely my favorite thing in the entire world. Even though I say that about everything. THIS. IS.

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Louisa [Living Lou] January 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

Always love your photos so much, Heidi! Recipe sounds delish as well.

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thank you Louisa, your shots are always firing my flavor jets too.

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Cassie | Bake Your Day January 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

I love meatballs and I love avocados…and just everything about these sandwiches. Out of this world, Heidi!

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Veronica of Muy Bueno January 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

I just printed your recipe. On my list of recipes to have this week. Love it all! Thanks for such, “jaw-dropping. I gotta make these meatball sandwiches!,” pix. Besos!

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Amy January 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

For the past couple of months I’ve been craving meatballs and recently made a batch but not like these. Need to try this turkey combo. Perfect for a game party!

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Too bad we aren’t closer, we could yell at the television together over meatballs

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Jennifer January 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

Do you have a favorite brand of enchilada sauce? I find so many mediocre ones out there.
Thanks

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

My favorite recently is Las Palmas enchilada sauce. Just make sure you don’t get the hot version for this recipe, like I did when I was recipe testing. It will set your mouth ablaze. Their green enchilada sauce is really good too.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’ve never craved a meatball sandwich at 9:15AM before, but this looks so delish!!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

This is one amazing sandwich! Love the turkey meatballs sitting in their sauce pic :)

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Thanks! All nestled in their bed like pigs in a blanket.

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Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog January 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Ha! I was just thinking about this. The photography is sensational and I love how multilayered and colourful the sandwich is. But it’s also still very clean… I’m imagining your plates/boards/fingers weren’t quite as immaculate once this had been scoffed?

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natalie January 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’m crushing SO HARD on this sandwich right now… I think I’ll have to make it this weekend!

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bridget {bake at 350} January 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

I am not even kidding when I say I want to drop EVERYTHING I am doing and make these RIGHT NOW. Oh my word….delicioso! ;)

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Gracias, seniorita. I wonder if you could bake that into a cookie? :)

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes January 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

There is SO much to love about these gorgeous sandwiches – I just can’t tear my eyes away. Fabulous, fabulous recipe, Heidi!

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Kathleen Conner January 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

A great recipe. I especially liked the photo with all the ingredients in the bowl–it helped me visualize better.

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Kathryn January 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I am ALL for the year of the meatball, bring it on!

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Cheryl Christian January 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Those sandwiches look amazing. Yum

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Kristi January 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

What do you suggest instead of cilantro? I hate it. Sorry, but I do. I would like to try this, but can’t do the cilantro.

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Flat leaf parsley is always a good substitution for cilantro, a nice punch of freshness.

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Denise January 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Heidi! This is outrageous. I am totally into meatballs, and made them many times last year. Tried a few different flavors but never Mexican. Adding this to our must devour this year list!!

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Emily January 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I’m thinking the next time I travel I need the FoodieCrush app so I know what to cook using the local ingredients on hand. ;)

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kelley January 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

muy bueno, mi amiga.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking January 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I love this Mexican Meatball idea, so inspiring. I definitely have meatballs on the brain now! I am totally making these for a Super Bowl party. I am just going to put some toothpicks and guac on the side. Yum!

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heidi January 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Great way to go low carb too.

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Robin Meeks January 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

This will definetly be on my list for SuperBowl Sunday

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Cookie and Kate January 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

Dang girl. I love anything with enchilada sauce and avocado smash!

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Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen January 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

This sounds so perfect — just look at all those amazing spices in the meatballs. I don’t eat beef, so this would be perfect for me. :) Delicious!

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Nupur Kesarwani January 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

Love your recipes will make a Superbowl Sunday for sure :)

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Lisa January 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Had this tonight! Wonderful! Thank you!

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Patricia January 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Me encanta las recetas todo es delicioso!!!

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Jay Sokolow January 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I love avocado salad

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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

Oh my goodness Heidi! These look so amazing….Your shots are completely gorgeous. And I want one of these for breakfast now :)

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Julie January 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Yummy!!! I need a personal cook…or more time!

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cynthia stodolka January 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

love it

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Evelyn Goettner January 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

They look delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 20, 2013 at 5:37 am

I could definitely go for one of those meatball sandwiches!

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Joseph Menard January 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Love meatballs.

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Cara January 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I just told my husband that I’ve never had a meatball sub and he said, “I don’t think you know what you’ve been missing.” I think I’ll skip right to your Mexican version, it sounds delish!

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amanda January 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

looks soo good!!

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Susan White January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

The meatballs were terrific with pasta!

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Y Siddall January 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

Yum…loving the avocados.

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Barbara January 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

Love love love….

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Christy January 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

Oh my.. This looks amazing!

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