Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomato

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This quick, one-pot Ground Turkey Skillet with zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and black beans is great for weeknight dinner or meal prep!

Ground Turkey with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomatoes in a skillet.
Ground Turkey Skillet

I just love an easy weeknight recipe you can whip up all in one skillet. This dish has all the flavors of summer with fresh zucchini, corn, and tomato. It’s a full meal in one – although if you wish, you can serve it with a grain. This ground turkey skillet is inspired by my Santa Fe Stuffed Zucchini but simplified and cooked in under 20 minutes. More of my favorite skillet recipes to try are this Beef Picadillo Recipe and this Cheesy Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Skillet. And see all my ground turkey recipes for more ideas.

Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomato

How to Make Ground Turkey Skillet

This healthy ground turkey skillet cooks pretty fast. First, brown the turkey and season with salt and cumin. After about five minutes, push the meat to one side, add the onion and tomato paste, and cook for a minute.

Next, add the black beans, corn, tomato, jalapeño, corn, and ¼ cup water. Then add the zucchini and remaining salt and cumin. Cover the skillet and cook on low for four to five minutes.

How to Meal Prep

This easy turkey skillet dinner is perfect for meal prep. The leftovers reheat really well, and they should last in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just store in individual containers and microwave until warm.


  • Switch the ground turkey for ground chicken or sirloin.
  • Swap zucchini for yellow squash.
  • Use canned diced tomatoes if you don’t have fresh or sub in cherry tomatoes.
  • To make this skillet low-carb, omit the black beans and corn and replace with spinach and red bell pepper.
  • To make this skillet spicy, keep the ribs and seeds in the jalapeño. You could also top it with hot sauce before eating.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Serve with avocado on top.
  • If you want to bulk up this meal, serve it with brown rice or quinoa. For a lower-carb option, use cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.

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Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomato

266 Cals 28 Protein 22.5 Carbs 8.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
CUISINE: American
This quick, one-pot Ground Turkey Skillet with zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and black beans is great for weeknight dinner or meal prep!


  • 14 ounces from 2 medium or 1 large zucchini, quartered and sliced 3/4 inch
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • lime wedges, optional


  • Spray a large skillet over high heat with oil and brown the turkey, season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon cumin.
  • Cook breaking the meat up until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Push the meat to the side, add the onion and tomato paste and cook 1 minute.
  • Add the black beans, corn, tomato, jalapeño pepper, garlic, cilantro and stir with 1/4 cup water.
    Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomatoes
  • Add the zucchini remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cumin.
  • Mix and cover, cook low 4 to 5 minutes or until the zucchini is tender crisp.
  • Serve with lime wedges and more cilantro if desired.



Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 22.5g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 8.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 525mg, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugar: 4g
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  1. Oh my goodness so delicious! I am super picky adult eater but wanting to try new healthier dishes. Hubby and I loved this. Made some tweaks and mistakes but it is so packed with flavor you’d never know. So glad I stumbled upon this recipe. Ground turkey tacos we’re getting just boring! 

  2. Made this tonight with Mexican zucchini, added 1/2 can of the small tomato paste, a can of spicy black beans, a can of sweet corn, a can of diced tomatoes, some onion and garlic powders as well as diced onion and minced garlic. Added cilantro and avocado. Very healthy and tasty. Even my red meat and potatoes husband like it and got seconds. Will make again. 

  3. This recipe is just too good.
    It’s not only delicious, when I totaled out the health information, it’s the closest thing to a multi-vitamin out of all my rotating recipes. It’s unbelievably healthy, filling, and I’m still shocked by how low it is in calories. One of my favorites!

  4. Love this Recipe I made a little change to it, instead of water I added Chicken broth turned out yummy. One of my favorite Recipes. 

  5. I’ve made it several times and it is seriously so good for how simple (and healthy!) it is. My husband, who would eat out every day if I let him, was shocked at how tasty it was the first time I made it. Plus, for meal prepping, the leftovers are great! 

  6. Served this for dinner tonight. I accidentally opened a can of chick peas instead of black beans but no problem because it was a huge hit. My 8 yo granddaughter inhaled it and went back for seconds. Very tasty and chock full of veggies.

  7. Could you make this into a soup? How would recommend doing so?

  8. This was truly an amazing dish!  Loved it and will make it again! 

  9. This recipe is full of flavor and super good. We added extra garlic and cumin to spice it up and it’s honestly my favorite way to cook turkey burger now

  10. If I use a can of rotel instead of a diced tomato, will I still need to add water?

  11. Recipe shows tomato paste but the pic shows diced tomatoes. Which ones is it? I was going to try and make this but don’t want to put the wrong thing in it 😳 someone help 

  12. This is a favorite at our house – with two college boys who like to eat healthy when they are home, this is a winner dinner!   We serve with rice and avocado.  I add an extra half pound of ground turkey and more zucchini to stretch this and by stretching the seasoning, tomato paste and water accordingly-we get a large enough dinner to feed them and us!    

  13. This is one of our favorite meals. Is easy to make and super flavorful. 

  14. I love this dish! I could eat it every night for dinner!  Can it be frozen?

  15. Easy and delicious!  Definitely a keeper!

  16. This is an amazing dish and so easy!  I just tried it with ground pork instead of turkey, and substituted squash for the zucchini.   I also used a can of fire roasted tomatoes in place of real tomatoes.  Ended up even better!

  17. This was soo good. I usually don’t like ground turkey because, well it tastes like turkey, but the seasonings in this make it taste like beef. Very hearty and perfect for using up my abundance of zucchini. Definitely will make again.

  18. Super easy, super yummy, super healthy meal. I only slightly altered a couple of ingredients….used a can of Rotel instead of tomato AND omitted the cilantro because I’m not a fan of it. Also used chicken broth instead of water. Topped only with avocado (no chips as I’m watching calories). Made it a day ahead because I knew it would only taste better 24 hours in. It did not disappoint!

  19. Delicious!  Just made a couple of tweaks based on what we had on hand prefer.  Even my picky teen enjoyed it.

  20. Very good, thank uou