Turkey Meatballs with Guava Sauce (Albóndigas de Pavo con Salsa de Guayaba)

Because I love meatballs and have been cooking with ground turkey a lot lately, a couple of weeks ago I decided to make these turkey meatballs for my son. I served them with guava sauce on the side and absolutely loved the combination of the sweet guava sauce with the turkey.

These turkey meatballs are fun for an appetizer, or a main dish for an easy meal with your favorite vegetables on the side.

Buen provecho!



(About 4-6 servings)


  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • Salt and pepper
  • Guava sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup diced guava paste or bocadillo
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. Meatballs:
  2. In a medium bowl mix the turkey with all other ingredients.
  3. Form balls and place on a plate. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add meatballs and without moving or turning the meat, allow it to brown for about 3 minutes. Turn meatballs and brown other side. Serve them with the guava sauce on the side.
  5. Guava Sauce:
  6. Place the butter in a sauce pan and sauté onion and garlic for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for about 7 minutes or until guava paste dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Place in a blender and puree until smooth consistency.
  8. Place in a glass container until ready to serve.
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  1. Andrea says

    Hi Erica,
    I made this dish the other day, and could not get enough. I made it again the next night (that is a rarity for me, as I make a different dish every night) and no one complained, but gave it wonderful raves; especially my two youngest (who are SO picky). Thank you for bringing a little of your Colombian home into mine. I too am Colombian, yet raised here and have lost all but my Colombian food cravings. This dish came out wonderful, because I followed all your instructions, you are the best.

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