al pastor turkey meatball sliders recipe

Since my Al Pastor taco recipe was such a hit, I decided to apply the same flavor concept to some delicious turkey meatballs.

After some experimentation, the ratio below worked best.



  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, deep pot or dutch oven with a lid over medium heat
  2. Combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, achiote paste, guajillo chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt, ground black pepper, pineapple vinegar, and ¼ cup of the pineapple juice in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
  3. Form the mixture into evenly sized meatballs and place in the pot or dutch oven, once the oil is heated to temperature.
  4. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Use a spoon to flip them around to make sure the entire outside is seared and browned nicely.
  5. Pour in the remaining 1 cup of pineapple juice as well as the jar of pineapple salsa. Mix gently, so as not to break the meatballs, and bring the whole pot or dutch oven to a slow boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for at least an hour.
  7. Serve the meatballs on the King’s Hawaiian rolls and top with a slice of pineapple, if desired.

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