Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chorizo Meatballs

For our 4 year anniversary, we went out for dinner and drinks. We ordered some chorizo meatballs as an appetizer. From the moment we tasted them, we looked at each other and said "We need to make these for the blog!" Just a few days later, we were in the kitchen experimenting with some of our favorite ingredients and flavors. If you are a follower of our blog, you know how much we love chorizo! These meatballs are so versatile - you can serve them on top of toasted French bread as a party hors d'oeuvre or you can serve for dinner with rice or pasta.

Ingredients for meatballs:
16 oz. of chorizo
1 lb. of ground turkey
1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
1 cup of panko bread crumbs
1 egg

Ingredients for sauce:
1/2 of a large onion
2 tablespoons of olive oil
5 ribs of celery
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
3 cloves of garlic
16 oz. can of diced tomatoes
16 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 cups of red wine
1/4 cup of sugar

Ingredients for garnish:
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Kitchen Essentials:
Medium sauce pan
Mixing bowl
Baking dish
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Cutting boards
Wooden spoon

Roughly chop the celery and onions and set aside. Next, finely mince the garlic and also set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Directions for meatballs:
Begin by removing the casing of the chorizo and place in a medium sauce pan. Using your hands, crumble the chorizo into small pieces. Place over medium heat and cook the crumbled chorizo for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

In a mixing bowl add the ground turkey, worcestershire sauce, panko bread crumbs, egg and cooled chorizo. Using you hands, mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Shape the meatballs using a tablespoon of the meatball mixture and roll with your hands. Place on a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

(Shaped and ready to be placed in the oven!)

Directions for sauce:
In the same saucepan you browned the chorizo, add the olive oil and place over medium heat. Once the olive oil is hot, add the chopped onions, celery, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Once the onions and celery are softened, add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Lastly add the sugar, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and red wine and stir. Allow the mixture to simmer and reduce for 30 minutes.

Directions for assembly:
After the meatballs have cooked in the oven, spoon sauce into the baking dish until the sauce is half way up the sides of the meatballs. Grate Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over the meatballs and return the baking dish to the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once your remove from the oven, garnish with a little chopped parsley and enjoy!!!


  1. Meatballs look amazing,they are very delicious..The recipe and the presentation is beatiful.

  2. I love trying to recreate restaurant dishes at home. Looks like you did a great job of it!

    1. Thank you! We love to recreate dishes we love.

  3. I'm a huge fan of meatballs.. with pasta.. by themselves.. eating directly out of the pan.. whatever. These look great, have to try them!

    1. Thanks Pamela! Let us know if you make them.

  4. I love that they stand on their own - no pasta necessary.

  5. me must be on the same page because I made some meatballs with chorizo and ground turkey but I haven't posted it yet on my blog. plan on posting it tomorrow - but I also put a little bacon in mine

    1. Cool! What a coincidence! Can't wait to see the post.

  6. I love anything with chorizo in it but this looks extra tasty!
    Great recipe, thank you :)

    1. They are... the chorizo flavor is the star of the show.

  7. Happy 4th anniversary. You and your husband must be made for each other to look at each other and think we have to make these meatballs. My husband and I would never think that, instead he would ask me to make it for him. :)
    Looks so full of flavor.

  8. Happy belated 4th anniversary, and I wish you many many more!!!!
    Your Chorizo Meatballs looks and sound delicious, and recipe is very comforting. Yummy pictures too!

  9. What is chorizo. like to try new things.

    1. Its a type of spanish pork sausage.. delicious!

  10. Chorizo with ground turkey is a nice flavor blend. It was really gives the chorizo an opportunity to stand on its own in the meatballs. Nice!


    P.S. You left a comment about photos used on my blog for Wordless Wednesday. If you are interested in submitting a photo for my Wordless Wednesday post you can send it to me via my email link on my blog. Would love to host one of your photos.

    1. Thanks for the info... Will contact you

  11. WoW! really nice recipe! I am glad you ordered them and then tried making yourself :)

  12. I also love chorizo... what a great idea mixing it with minced turkey to make meatballs. Can't wait to make these myself. They look superb!

  13. Yum! I would have never thought to make chorizo meatballs but they sound delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Very beautiful. These meatballs sound like they would make a great meatball hero with melted mozzarella.

    Happy Anniversary to you both. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Thanks Catherine.. Thats a great idea

  15. These sound awfully tempting - the recipe is new to me but I just know that they would make the perfect appetizer for the family! Wonderful pictures too!

  16. Chorizo in meatballs, how delicious sounding! I could definitely make a meal of these! Happy anniversary!!! Hope you have a zillion more to come! :)


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