Easy Healthy Ground Turkey Chorizo

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A lighter version of Mexican Chorizo made with ground turkey and a smoky spice blend, perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, and more!

A lighter version of Mexican Chorizo made with ground turkey and a smoky spice blend, perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, and more!
Ground Turkey Chorizo Recipe

I love eating chorizo in Mexican dishes, but since it’s so high in calories and fat, it’s not something I eat often. I was going to sub turkey chorizo for the classic, but I couldn’t find it in the supermarket. So, I decided to make my own lighter version. Ground turkey is so versatile, if you want more ideas see my Ground Turkey Recipes in the archives.

A lighter version of Mexican Chorizo made with ground turkey and a smoky spice blend, perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, and more!A lighter version of Mexican Chorizo made with ground turkey and a smoky spice blend, perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, and more!

Chorizo is usually made from cuts of pork, vinegar, and spices. Using leaner turkey or even ground chicken cuts back on the fat but still has plenty of great flavors. Just be sure to use 93% turkey rather than 99%, which will be far too dry.

This healthy chorizo is so easy and versatile. It takes less than 15 minutes to cook and can be served with scrambled or fried eggs, added to breakfast bowls, tacos, or burritos. It’s also low-carb, keto, whole30 and gluten-free.

What’s the difference between Mexican and Spanish chorizo?

Chorizo consists of cuts of pork seasoned with smoky spices, like paprika, chili powder, and cumin. Mexican chorizo is generally raw and many times found in casings. It’s usually spicy. Spanish chorizo is cured pork that can be sliced and eaten without cooking. It can be sweet or spicy.

How To Serve Chorizo:

Some of my favorite ways to eat chorizo are in queso fundido and burritos. It’s also good as chorizo con huevos (chorizo with eggs), which is a popular and yummy breakfast dish made by mixing fried chorizo with scrambled eggs (I often do this with  picadillo, too!). Of course, there are so many uses for chorizo from breakfast casseroles to tacos to basically anything you can think of!

A lighter version of Mexican Chorizo made with ground turkey and a smoky spice blend, perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, and more!Homemade turkey chorizo recipe

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Easy Healthy Turkey Chorizo

116 Cals 15 Protein 2 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: Mexican
A lighter version of Mexican Chorizo made with ground turkey and a smoky spice blend, perfect for adding to eggs, tacos, and more!

Ingredients

  • olive oil spray
  • 1 pound 93% ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoky paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, spray with oil and cook the meat, breaking it up in small pieces.
  • Season with vinegar and spices and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle, 10 minutes.
  • Serve with eggs, breakfast bowls, tacos, burritos and more!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/3 cup (generous), Calories: 116kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 253mg, Fiber: 0.5g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: homemade chorizo, turkey chorizo

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60 comments

  1. So good!!

  2. Gina you are my hero! I love chorizo but hate the calorie count. I used to be able to buy a very good Jennie-O turkey chorizo but can’t find it anymore, so I tried yours in a recipe for chorizo stuffed peppers. Wow!!! I can’t wait to use it in my chorizo omelets and even mix the spices in raw and use it for my chorizo burgers. Thank you! Keep the great recipes coming!

  3. This was so good!! I liked it even better than the real stuff! Healthier and far less greasy. I did add some frozen diced potatoes to make it into a chorizo hash. Served it with eggs and toast for breakfast for dinner, and the whole family loved it! Thank you! Will be making again

  4. So easy to make and just delicious!  Using it to make the Chorizo breakfast bowls this week!

  5. I love chorizo but always feel so guilty eating it and I always have stomach troubles afterwards I had defrosted turkey that I had to use and very little motivation to cook. This recipe was so fast and easy and so delicious! Even better than some that I’ve had at restaurants! My fiancé didn’t even question it until I told him to guess what it really was he cleaned the plate! Skinny taste for the win again and again!!

  6. I have been buying chorizo at every different market I come across and was disappointed…..looking for THAT flavor! Made this and was so excited, I made a jar of the spices to keep on hand, add it to different dishes, tacos, breakfast enchiladas, yes, I am “hooked”. Thanks, Gina!!

  7. This was an excellent spice blend and made for delicious tacos. The turkey meat worked well, and it was a great taco night. I actually sprinkled some Goya Sazon in the mix as well cause I had it lying around, and it worked well! Pretty happy to be eating healthy food!

  8. This was so good and Whole30 complainant! I’m used to these flavors but my husband thought it was “strong” which next time I may just add a little more ground meat (I used ground chicken) to the pan.  Overall, a REALLY good recipe.

  9. This was perfect, the taste was delicious and it didn’t taste greasy at all

  10. It’s perfect. I make it regularly. Thank you so much for the recipe! 

  11. This was delicious! I tossed the turkey into a tortilla with lettuce, tomato, avocado, black beans, cheese, and greek yogurt (could barely hold it together it was so full!) and it was soooo good. All said and done I had an amazing dinner for only 380 calories. Can’t wait to have it again for lunch today!

  12. I made this I didn’t have the ancho chili powder and it still came out delicious. Will be making it again and again. 

  13. Gina you’ve out done yourself again! This is so good and healthy compared to the real thing. This is a great substitute. So glad I tried it.