Turkey & Chorizo Meatballs


Spanish, Turkey mince, pasta, cheddar, chilli

Turkey meat can be a little bland if I’m honest so when my mother recently gave me a pack of reduced turkey breast mince (we love a bargain in my family), I thought I’d try something new with it. I’ve recently got into Chorizo in a big way as I thought I wasn’t that keen on it but then realised I’d been put off by the cheaper pre-chopped chilled stuff and have now discovered the little sausages which aren’t in the chiller cabinet; the difference in flavour is immense and they come in varying degrees of heat too!

Turkey & Chorizo Meatballs

This recipe divided opinion in our house. My usually conservative daughter who isn’t that keen on spicy food loved my Turkey & Chorizo Meatballs as did I but the boys said they had too much flavour but loved the tomato sauce. I normally go with the majority vote before any recipe gets posted on here and it’s usually my daughter who is the negative one due to her 10 year old personal preferences (of which she has many) so I am bending my rule today. For a dish to please my picky daughter I do sit up and take note! She loves Ratatouille and my husband does not so I think sometimes it’s not the dish that is at fault but we just have our own taste.

Spanish, Turkey mince, pasta, cheddar

Do you have a dish that divides opinion in your family? Do let me know in the comments below!

As this dish is totally made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays event. My turkey mince was reduced from £5.49 to 99p so I am also entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I am hosting this month and run with my partner in crime Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.

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Tasty turkey meatballs infused with red chilli, chorizo and cheddar in a tangy tomato sauce served on a bed of spaghetti.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 4 - 5
  • 300 – 375g Spaghetti
  • For meatballs:
  • 500g Turkey Mince
  • 50g Chorizo, finely chopped
  • 50g Grated cheddar
  • 40g Fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp Freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 Red chilli, deseeded & finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp Light olive oil
  • 1 knob of butter
  • For tomato sauce:
  • 680g Jar of passata
  • 1 Onion, grated or blitzed in herb chopper
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 Celery sticks, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 tblsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dried basil
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  • For garnish:
  • Freshly chopped parsley
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  1. Mix the meatball ingredients together (bar the oil and butter) thoroughly with your hands and shape into balls (I made 24).
  2. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in a pan and fry the meatballs to seal all over.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. In the same pan heat up the remaining oil and gently fry the onion, garlic and celery for 8 minutes without colouring.
  6. Add passata, sugar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  7. Cook the spaghetti according to instructions.
  8. Return meatballs to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes until cooked.
  9. Serve on a bed of spaghetti with a sprinkling of parsley and grated parmesan cheese.

Spanish, Turkey mince, pasta, cheddar

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  1. Paul Wilson

    Soon be time to start looking around for interesting things to do with turkey – this looks a good one.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  2. Lisa Williams

    This is a great speedy dish loving the use of turkey I want to use it so much more than I do with it being so lean but I can never think of what to do 🙂

  3. Paul Wilson

    Mmmm, lovely.

  4. Ursula Hunt

    Chirizo adds a nice spicy kick

    1. Camilla

      Yes, you’ve just reminded me about some chorizo in my fridge:-)

  5. Marion Weir

    I Love making meatballs for my family, I will definitely be giving this one a go 😀

    1. Camilla

      Great Marion, do let me know what you think:-)

  6. Paul Wilson

    Looks very appetising.

  7. Geoff Clark

    Looks like a good way to use up some turkey

  8. Anne Dalzell

    I’ve never had turkey and chorizo together before but i am a big fan of the meatball. This is a meal i’d be very happy to eat

  9. kayleigh white

    I love meatballs!

  10. Hazel Hulson

    Interesting recipe my older son would like this loves meatballs and pasta and spicy food never thought of using turkey mince.

  11. Maddy

    I agree that turkey mince can be bland, so looking forward to trying this spiced up healthy recipe

  12. Heather Haigh

    I do like the sound of these flavour combinations and meatballs always go down well.

  13. Felicity Kelly

    I only have turkey ay christmas! My daughter hates even a hint of spice so we are limited on my house as I love spivey food!

  14. Bev

    Bookmarking for Boxing Day!

    1. Camilla


  15. Karen Hurse

    This looks lush. gonna try it myself.

    1. Camilla


  16. Ursula Hunt

    meatballs for our tea tonight, great

  17. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    I love the sound of Turkey & chorizo meatballs and so i shall be printing off your fantastic recipie!!

    Thanks so much for a great idea to liven up my cooking. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Lucinda, hope you enjoy them:-)

  18. Sarah Maclean

    Sounds delicious, will make this soon as I love chorizo!

    1. Camilla


  19. Annie

    These look gorgeous! We have the same problem too – half like spicy and half don’t – I’ll have to try this out!

    1. Camilla

      Yes so it was so strange the my youngest really approved and my son and husband found the flavour too intense but not too spicy – hence I ignored them and stuck with the girls’ opinion ie mine and my daughter’s LOL:-)

  20. Maya Russell

    I like the rich colour of the sauce. Makes me want to make some now!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, do let me know if you do:-)

  21. Janice

    I don’t think any dish divides our family, we eat everything!

    1. Camilla

      That’s good to here Janice:-)

  22. Javelin Warrior

    I think generally spicy is what divides – I like a moderate amount of spice in food (whether spicy or just spiced with baking spices, etc), but my other half prefers everything punched up in flavor and spice. So I’m constantly having to evaluate if his tastes really reflect common tastes 😉 Love the addition of chorizo to these meatballs – and an excellent way to perk up the turkey…

    1. Camilla

      Well that is why this situation was so confusing as the people that love chilli and spice thought the dinner was too flavoursome and my daughter the conservative one really liked it. But it didn’t stop the boys having seconds so I take their comments with a pinch of salt LOL!

  23. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous dish

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  24. Corina

    I love adding chorizo to meatballs – It makes them so tasty. I’ve always made them with minced beef before though but I’m using turkey more often recently so I might give turkey meatballs a try.

    1. Camilla

      Great, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them then:-)

  25. mellissa williams

    This looks lovely. I may try this as my husband doesn’t eat a lot of red meat

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) Do let me know how you get on if you do decide to make it:-)

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