Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatball Pita Sandwiches

I’m in the midst of switching Not Rachael Ray to Rachel Cooks! I am very excited and a little lot nervous about the switch. My brother-in-law is helping me make things look pretty and I’m trying to tackle all the technical stuff myself (and yes, I know I’m craaaa-zy).

I already have a new Facebook page. Have you “liked” it? Am I driving you crazy telling you about it yet? Thanks for bearing with me during this transitional phase.

I also have a new Twitter handle, @rachelcooksblog. Tweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet me! I always feel so silly saying that. “Tweet.” “Tweet.” How do people come up with these things? #ihavenocreativity

I’m launching a new weekly feature called “a day in the life” starting after the domain change. Stay tuned for more about that!

In the meantime, I made you meatballs. I don’t really have much to say about them except that they are good. And healthy. And easy to make. Oh! They freeze well too.

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatball Pita Sandwiches
adapted from Everyday Food Magazine
Serves 2-3 as a main dish

1.5 pounds ground turkey
1/2 yellow onion, shredded over bowl to catch juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons honey
1-2 Tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 avocado, sliced or mashed (depending on your preference)
fresh cilantro to garnish
whole wheat pitas (2-3 whole pitas)

1. Preheat oven to 375*.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, yellow onion, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper using your hands. Mix until just combined. Form into sixteen small meatballs. In a separate small bowl, whisk together honey, chilies/sauce, and vinegar. Set aside.
3. In a large oven-proof pan, heat approximately one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides. This should take 10-12 minutes. Transfer pan to oven and bake for five minutes.
4. Meanwhile, cook red onions and red bell pepper in a small frying pan over medium-high heat with ~1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook until softened.
5. After meatballs have baked for 5 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and pour honey mixture over meatballs. Swirl pan so that meatballs are evenly coated. Return to oven and bake until sauce has become glaze-like, about another five minutes, swirling pan halfway through cooking time.
6. Serve meatballs and sautéed peppers/onions on a pita with fresh cilantro and fresh avocado. We served ours along side of tortilla chips.

Verdict: These were great! I went on the light side with the chipotle but I think I could add more next time.
Husband’s take: He liked these a lot. He’s all about a hearty, meaty sandwich. Super manly, I guess. I made a double-batch of these meatballs and froze half. He ate that half while I was out of town.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy. Make sure you slice your peppers, onions, and avocado before you get to cooking your meatballs. It will make your kitchen a less hectic environment.

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  2. Can you substitute chipotle chile powder in this recipe? I don’t know what I would do with leftover chipotle chiles if I opened a can.

    • They help to form a sauce for the meatballs so I don’t think it would turn out the same with chipotle chili powder. But you can freeze leftover chiles in adobo in 1-2 tablespoon portions so you don’t waste leftovers.

  3. This looks like one heck of a meatball sandwich! Love the addition of the chipotle!

  4. It looks so beautiful here! I love these sandwiches. Honey chipotle meatballs? Awesome! (just pinned!!)

  5. Wow! I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for the recipe :)

    “Spice it Up”

  6. These sound really good. I’m rethinking my ground turkey sloppy joes for tonight. Maybe I’ll make them into patties and put them on a bun.

  7. Seriously – I can never have too many meatball recipes. These look fab!

  8. These look fantastic and healthy too. Look forward to your new changes, they look awesome! :)

  9. This looks awesome. Yesterday I had a gyro at this Greek place and now I am craving pita like crazy! This may fix that, however :)

  10. I have been craving chipotle lately so this pita sandwich would hit the spot! I can totally relate about what you say about Twitter. I need to take a Twitter 101 class because I just don’t know how people do it. :)

  11. Oooh, I made this recipe recently too and loved it. Good call on the pita sandwiches!

  12. These look fantastic…can’t wait to see the new site! How exciting!

  13. Congrats on the upcoming changes–the meatballs look good too! ;)

  14. yum!! I love that these have the combination of sweet and savory and spicy. They’re like falafel in that they’re in pita bread but not! Super tasty sounding and I can’t wait to try this :)

  15. Looks delicious! I keep considering changing my blog name, since in another year I won’t be in “quarter” life anymore after 25… but I like the sound of it and changing seems like a pain in the butt. Good luck with the switch, I liked your page :)

  16. The boys love meatball subs and I know they would love these!

  17. Love meatballs! These sound delicious with the honey chipotle flavors!

  18. I love meatballs! Great idea to serve in a pita. Congrats on all the changes, and good luck with the tech stuff…definitely not my thing!

  19. I’ve never thought to put meatballs in a pita before! Love this.

  20. Yum! I love different meatball recipes. I’m excited for this “day in the life” business–can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned. :)

  21. You had me at “chipotle”. Gotta try those meatballs. And I’m glad you mentioned your new name and FB page here, because I haven’t been on FB much lately and missed the news there. Love the new name; good luck with the switch!

  22. Good, healthy and easy to make are all the things I look for in a recipe! These look so good.

  23. These sound phenomenal….. must make soon!

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