Appetizers,  Technology

Mexican Meatballs, Contest, New Shopping App + Twitter Party – Oh My! #Chickendotca #ChickenApp

Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

One of my favourite things about is the huge variety of recipes featured like this one for Famous Curried Chicken Salad! If I’m ever not quite sure what to make or want to try something new, I often sit and browse through and see if any of the images catch my eye. All the recipes have easy to read instructions and have nice big photos of each dish. Lately, I’ve been looking up appetizer recipes in anticipation of the busy holiday season. I’ll be bringing a dish to my parent’s house for Christmas and I wanted to find a recipe that would knock everyone’s socks off! My sister will probably make her Pineapple Cheese Salad, but I want something a little different. Something they won’t expect. I think I found just the recipe that will be sure to impress!

We all love meatballs and my mom usually makes hers in the slow cooker with some honey garlic sauce. They are yummy, but this recipe for Mini Mexican Meatballs from Chicken Farmers of Canada is better, I think! Sorry mom! I had to give it a test run before the big day so with my family as my guinea pigs (they never complain!), I whipped up a batch.

Most of the ingredients I had in the house already. I only needed to pick up some tortilla chips and jalapenos.

Mexican Meatballs - A tasty appetizer with a kick! Impress your guests with this simple recipe.

The meatballs have a Mexican flair with jalapenos, chili powder, cumin, cheese and tortilla chips. I thought using tortilla chips instead of bread crumbs was a nice touch.

Mexican Meatballs - A tasty appetizer with a kick! Impress your guests with this simple recipe.

The recipe gives you two options for cooking the meatballs: simmer in the sauce on the stove or brown in the oven and then add to sauce. I decided to brown mine in the oven first and then let them simmer in the tomato sauce. They are divine!

Mexican Meatballs - A tasty appetizer with a kick! Impress your guests with this simple recipe.

Yield: 8

Mexican Meatballs


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine chicken, jalapeno, cumin, chili pepper, salt, eggs, tortilla chips and cheese in a large bowl. Use clean hands to mix it all together and set aside in the fridge.
  2. Add tomatoes and salsa in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered, stirring often until thickened for about 10 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer.
  3. Using wet hands, form the chicken mixture into meatballs about 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide.
  4. Add meatballs to a greased baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes in a 375F oven. No turning is needed.
  5. Once baked, return meatballs to sauce mixture and gently combine meatballs with sauce. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Add in cilantro (if desired) and serve hot.

Mexican Meatballs - A tasty appetizer with a kick! Impress your guests with this simple recipe.

I didn’t drain the can of diced tomatoes like it says to in the recipe on the website. The liquid cooks down quite a bit with how long the sauce simmers anyways. I think it was the perfect amount by the time the meatballs were ready to serve. I also used cilantro as a garnish instead of adding to the sauce. The kids and John aren’t fans of the herb so I put it on the side.

Mexican Meatballs - A tasty appetizer with a kick! Impress your guests with this simple recipe.

To serve as an appetizer, add a toothpick to each meatball and enjoy! They are full of flavour and not too spicy either. I can’t wait to share them with my extended family and see what they think. I’m guessing that they will be asking me for the recipe!

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Contest Alert

Enter to win 1 of 2 Personal Chef Experiences in your home for you and your friends! Total prize value is $5,000! The contest is open to Canadians and ends on December 28, 2014 and is sponsored by CityLine and Chicken Farmers of Canada.


New Shopping App

Chicken Farmers of Canada recently launched a new shopping app to help you stay organized. You can create multiple shopping lists, share your lists with friends or family members, and have access to over 700 delicious recipes for healthy meal ideas. It’s also FREE on iTunes and Google Play.

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Some of the key features include:

  • List sharing with real-time syncing
  • recipes including nutritional information, tips, tricks and more
  • Add any ingredient from recipes to your list
  • Database of over 350 common grocery items
  • Ability to categorize your own custom items

Anything that can save me time is a good thing! Learn more about the app and download at!

#ChickenApp Twitter Party

You are invited to join the #ChickenApp Twitter Party on November 25th at 8pm EST!


Party Details

  • Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
  • Time: 8 to 9 pm EST
  • Hashtag: #ChickenApp
  • Hosts: @ChickenFarmers, @SJConsulting_CA
  • Prizes: Over $500 in prizing including an iPad & Chicken Farmers of Canada Swag, Appetizer Sets & Chicken Farmers of Canada Swag
  • Eligibility: Open to Canada only


RSVP on the linky below by adding your Twitter name (ie. @simplystacienet) in the URL field and your Twitter link (ie. in the Name field.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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