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Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas

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Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas, cumin and cilantro make a quick and comforting weeknight dish.

Spring peas, ground turkey, cumin, cilantro and potatoes come together to create this quick comforting weeknight dish.

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas

Don’t you love it when you whip up something with random leftover ingredients, and it turns out incredible? That’s exactly what happened here. This Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas was a huge hit with everyone in my house. For more of my favorite ground turkey recipes, try my Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, and Beans, Turkey Picadillo, and Ground Turkey Taco Skillet.

How to Make

I buy a package of ground turkey every week, and I am always coming up with new ways to use it. Here’s how to make this ground turkey and potatoes recipe.

  • Finely chop the tomato, garlic, and cilantro.
  • Brown the turkey and season with salt and cumin.
  • Add the scallions, tomato mixture, peas, potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, salt, and bay leaf.
  • Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for about 25 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add more water if needed and remove the bay leaf.

What to Serve with Ground Turkey with Potatoes

We served this ground turkey dish over rice, and the portions were extremely generous. You could also use cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. If you want to skip the rice, double the potatoes.

How to Freeze

Leftover ground turkey and potatoes will last in the refrigerator for three to four days or in the freezer for up to three months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and microwave until warm.


  • Potatoes: Sub sweet potatoes for russet potatoes.
  • Peas: Use frozen peas instead of fresh ones. If you don’t like peas, swap them for corn, black beans, carrots, or bell pepper.
  • Tomatoes: Use a can of diced tomatoes if you don’t have a fresh one.
  • Spiciness: Add crushed red pepper or jalapeño or top with hot sauce to make it spicy.

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Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas

4.56 from 38 votes
Spring peas, ground turkey, cumin, cilantro and potatoes come together to create this quick comforting weeknight dish.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Spring peas, ground turkey, cumin, cilantro and potatoes come together to create this quick comforting weeknight dish.
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1 medium tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • 4 medium scallions chopped
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 large potato peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin or to taste
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a mini food processor or you can chop by hand finely chop tomato, garlic and cilantro.
  • In a large skillet, brown turkey and season with salt and cumin to taste.
  • When meat is browned and cooked through add scallions, chopped tomato mixture, peas, potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, salt and bay leaf.
  • Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve over rice if desired.

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Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 209 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 21 g, Fat: 7 g, Sodium: 331.5 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 1.5 g


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190 comments on “Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas”

  1. I’ve been making this recipe for YEARS. It’s always a hit, almost like curry, great use of ground turkey, super easy and it’s ingredients we always have on hand. I like to add a small cubed sweet potato along with the white potato.

  2. Yummy!
    I had ground turkey and was thinking of what to make. I googled ground turkey recipe and found this one. Tried and and my whole family loved it!

    We have this every week or so. Thank you Skinnytaste for yummy and healthy recipes 🙂

  3. I really enjoy this recipe! Since it was so hot yesterday I decided to make it in the crockpot rather than on the stove and it worked perfectly! I browned the turkey in the same crockpot since I have a high setting, and then I had it on low for about 3 hours or rather until the potatoes were cooked through. I doubled the tomato sauce and peas but left the meat and potatoes the same. Goes great with broccoli/cauliflower rice or actual rice!

  4. Doubled the meat and sauce. Kept the potatoes and peas the same. Finished by cooking in instant pot for six minutes. Oh, and I used my neighbor’s canned tomato sauce from her garden. So awesome!

  5. I made this for lunch today and it’s really good! It was quick and easy, so it’ll be going in my meal prep rotation too.

  6. This recipe is easy to make and could easily be adapted to fit your tastes. The seasoning as written is pretty mild, so I would spice it up a bit next time but it’s a good jumping off point. I cut my potatoes at a smaller 1/2″ dice based on other reviews and it still took longer than indicated for them to be cooked. I liked it and my husband really really liked it, so this will be added to our list of weeknight quick fixes with a couple of tweaks. Thank you!

    1. UPDATED:: We made this again last night and used 1/2 tsp of garam masala and 1/2 tsp of curry powder in place of the cumin. We added half of a jalapeno to the tomato mixture in the food processor and the results were great! A departure from the recipe as written but just some feedback for those who might want more spice.

      1. good tips – i didn’t get the flavor i was looking for and the garam masal/curry powder addition sorted it right out. thanks!

  7. I couldn’t give this 5 stars which would make it equal to your Fish Florentine but it was darn good. I was generous with the cumin. And I didn’t want to cook rice since I needed to use potatoes. So I increased the potatoes, doubled the tomato sauce and other “wet” ingredients. The mini food processor was a great idea for prep work, Gina. Cutting the potatoes a little smaller allowed them to cook in 25 minutes. I would call this comfort food. Another plus, it came together easily. Thank you, Gina!

  8. This is one of my all time favorite meals! It is bubbling in the stove right now and I cannot wait to eat it. I’ve made it several times and it is one I hope my kids will ask for in the future. Thanks again Gina for your awesome recipes that keep my family healthy and make me feel like a rockstar in the kitchen.

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    Andrew skinnytaste B

    I applaud this recipe on the plain fact of, 1 picture, 1 paragraph, and then the recipe. I enjoyed not having to scroll through a 14 page essay with 83 pictures about turkeys. The recipe is pretty good to ;).

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    Emily Schneider Krob

    We enjoyed the dish but did make some tweaks. First, I cooked sweet potatoes (2)  in the instant pot so they could be added in already cooked.  I sautéed onions garlic and green cabbage, and then added the ground turkey. Salt, cumin, a touch of curry powder and turmeric, and black pepper for seasoning. Can of diced tomatoes (half puréed because my kids prefer no tomato chunks 🤪)— all that simmering while adding chopped (and cooked) sweet potatoes and some frozen peas right at the end. let it all cook together just a bit longer.  Served as is, with no rice hence the extra potato. It was a hearty meal, healthy, and delicious. Best comfort food. 

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    Marianne Golovchenko

    I substituted the potatoes for asparagus . With a rice dish I thought eliminating one starch would make it less filling and diet conscience. It was delicious. Particularly with fresh herbs, cilantro, parsley , chives and Jazmine rice.