Spicy Curry Ro*Tel Sauce with Turkey Meatballs over Jasmine Rice – $1.29

I literally had no idea what the end product was going to be on this. I started cooking and every 3 minutes I changed my mind till it started looking right. If you’ve been cooking for a decade or two, I’m sure you could agree that sometimes that’s just how it goes! It was surprisingly AWESOME tasting though. No really.

So chop up 1/2 large onion. Get your rice going- however much you need. This recipe serves about 3 peeps.

Throw ’em in a heated, greased pot and cook on medium high till translucent and get a little color on ’em.

I rarely used processed anything in my dishes… but Ro*Tel is an awesome thing to keep around. Simply diced tomatoes and chilies. Super!

Throw in a can of Ro*Tel to deglaze the pan and stir.

Now for the meatballs. I used turkey meat ’cause it was on sale. Use what you prefer. In a bowl add your meat, a handful of panko bread crumbs (or regular if that’s all you have), and whatever seasonings you want. Put them in the oven at around 450*.

This is called improv. I didn’t like the consistency of my sauce- way too watery. So I put it in a blender to bring it all together.

Ahh much better. I was bored with the taste, so I decided to make it a curry sauce. I added a few tablespoons of my favorite curry/masala powders and stirred. Oh, and see that little white area towards the center? That’s coconut oil… just a dab to get a beautiful flavor if you’ve got it.

Pretty soon your balls should be done.

Put ’em in the sauce and stir. Mmmm….

You can skip this part if you want, but the sauce was still watery for me. I added about a tablespoon of cream and let it cook for another 5 minutes on high heat. I really wanted a thicker, creamier texture and I definitely got it.

By now your rice should be done. Plate it.

Dump a big ol’ scoop on top and if you’ve got fresh tomatoes or green onions, put them up there too. The fresh crunch is so awesome with the spicy sauce. I LOVED the way this turned out.

  • 1/2 large onion – $.55
  • 1 can Ro*Tel – $.99
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey – $1.89 (on sale)
  • 3 servings of sauce: $3.43
  • 1 serving of sauce – $1.14
  • 1 serving of rice – $.15
  • 1 serving: $1.29

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  1. I just made this. And my mind is blown. I am a total novice of a cook, so I’m often disappointed by what I whip up from internet recipes. And frankly this recipe was a little frightening for me because I’m usually the type that follows measurements and timing to the letter, so the “handful” measurements and “should be done by now” timing was frightening to say the least. But I did it! And it was delicious! Thank you!

    • This makes me so happy! I’m so glad you jumped out of your comfort zone to try the recipe-free method of cooking. I hope you eventually find that it’s incredibly liberating. More power to ya!!

  2. I found Ro-Tel on sale, and miraculously all the ingredients are in the house – so I am making this tonight! Blending it up is a great way to approximate the falling-apart texture of the long-cooked onions in a "real" curry dish. We had basmati rice, so are using that and loving the smell! "That's awesome" is what I am hearing. 🙂

  3. Everything about this looks great! It's going on my menu for next week, using venison as usual (I can't beat that price). 🙂