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Turkey Meatballs with Tex Mex Gravy

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Savor the bold Tex-Mex flavors with our Turkey Meatballs enveloped in a rich, homemade gravy. The hearty gravy, crafted with HORMEL® Turkey Chili with Beans, unfolds a symphony of spices. A taste experience that marries the essence of Tex-Mex cuisine with the comfort of hearty meatballs, making every bite a delicious journey of flavor.

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2 (16-ounce) packages JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup oil
1 small onion, minced
½ cup minced red bell pepper
½ cup minced green pepper
1 stalk celery, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 tablespoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Tex-Mex Gravy
1 (15-ounce) can HORMEL® Turkey Chili with Beans
2 tablespoons oil
¼ cup flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups chicken broth
cooked rice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


For the Meatballs

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. In large bowl combine all meatball ingredients. Form mixture into meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Always cook turkey to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

For the Tex-Mex Gravy

  1. In bowl of food processor, place chili. Puree until smooth.

  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Stir in flour. Cook, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes or until it makes a light brown roux. Add tomato paste, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, pepper, chili powder and salt. Add chicken broth, mixing and stirring until the sauce thickens. Add blended chili. Reduce heat. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened and heated through.

  3. Add meatballs to gravy. Simmer together 5 to 7 minutes.

  1. In 3 quart casserole, place desired amount of cooked rice. Top with meatballs and gravy. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.

  2. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and meatballs and rice are heated through.