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Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

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Ground Turkey Taco Skillet, an easy one-pan weeknight dinner using ground turkey, corn, pinto beans and salsa topped with tortilla chips and cheese.

Turkey Taco Skillet
Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

This reminds me of one my most popular ground turkey recipes, the ground turkey skillet only topped with chips and cheese which is never a bad idea! It’s basically a deconstructed taco, perfect for weeknight dinner! If you want more dinner ideas for taco Tuesday try Slow Cooker Beef Tacos, Cod Fish Tacos or these low-carb, Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps.

Turkey Taco Skillet

This recipe is adapted from Dash of Mandi’s new cookbook The Tex Mex Table. All the recipes in her book honestly look so good, it was hard to pick one to share – a must buy!! I slightly modified her recipe to make it a bit macro friendly. Like any taco, you can really top this with anything you like on your tacos. Some ideas you can try are sour cream, avocado or guacamole.

This skillet recipe is sure to please the whole family, plus its budget friendly and takes under 30 minutes to make.

What’s in ground turkey taco skillet?

This turkey taco skillet is basically a deconstructed taco topped with cheese nachos! Here’s what’s in it:

  • Jalapeño – for spice
  • Onion – for flavor
  • Ground turkey – I like 93% lean but you can use 99% to make it leaner
  • Corn – you can use frozen, canned or fresh
  • Pinto beans – any bean will work here
  • Jarred Salsa – or use an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • Tortilla chips – use your favorite type, blue chips or baked chips work great
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne
  • Optional Toppings: Cilantro, chopped tomatoes, pickled onions, lime wedges, and the optional sliced avocado, guacamole, and sour cream

Turkey Taco Skillet Variations:

  • Swap ground turkey for lean ground sirloin or chicken.
  • For a spicy taco skillet, don’t remove the seeds or ribs from the jalapeño and use a spicy salsa.
  • This is a mild dish, if you prefer your meals milder, omit the cayenne, remove the jalapeño seeds and ribs, and choose a mild salsa.
  • Sub black beans for pinto beans.
  • If you don’t want to serve the turkey mixture with tortilla chips, serve it over rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or chopped romaine to make it a taco salad.
  • If you don’t want to make pickled onions, use fresh red or green onions.

Taco Skillet Recipe

Turkey Taco with Chips and ToppingsDish with turkey taco meat, chips, avocado.

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Turkey Taco Skillet

4.95 from 19 votes
11
Cals:503
Protein:37
Carbs:43.5
Fat:23.5
Turkey Taco Skillet, an easy one-pan weeknight dinner using ground turkey, corn, pinto beans and salsa topped with tortilla chips and cheese.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Taco Skillet Recipe
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and diced
  • 1 lb 93% ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 cup canned pinto beans drained
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 12 oz jarred salsa about 1 jar
  • 32 tortilla chips about 4 oz
  • 1 cup shredded reduce fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for topping
  • Quick pickled onions for topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes for topping
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced avocado,guacamole, sour cream optional for topping

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. When heated, add the onion and jalapeño and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook the turkey until it is browned, crumbling the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
  • Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, pinto beans, corn and salsa. Mix well. Let the mixture cook for 3 minutes.
    Skillet with ground turkey, beans and corn
  • Lightly crumble the chips over the top of the turkey, then sprinkle the cheese over the top of the chips.
  • Cover the turkey skillet with a lid and let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts or place it under the broiler 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and top the turkey skillet with chopped cilantro, pickled red onions, chopped tomatoes, plus optional toppings like avocado, guacamole or sour cream, if desired and serve with lime wedges.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 503 kcal, Carbohydrates: 43.5 g, Protein: 37 g, Fat: 23.5 g, Saturated Fat: 6.5 g, Cholesterol: 99 mg, Sodium: 1081 mg, Fiber: 5.5 g, Sugar: 9 g

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45 comments on “Ground Turkey Taco Skillet”

  1. made this with a little twist.. left out the chips and utilized it to make mini bowls & rice for meal prep. will def be staying on the menu.

  2. Super easy, quick meal on a busy night for the family.  It’s all gone. Not a single leftover! 

  3. We liked this! Hits a lot of marks: easy, quick, inexpensive, decently kid friendly. It also lends itself well to leftovers or meal prep if you keep the chips separate until ready to eat.

  4. I made this, and we all loved it! It’s so good, definitely going into rotation. The jalapeño didn’t make it to hot at all, it was just right.I followed other’s suggestions and put the chips on the side.my husband had two servings.

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    Julie Dunlap

    Where have quick pickled onions been all my life??
    We loved this recipe but the onions put it over the top
    The only thing I added was a little Tajin

  6. Delicious and comes together quickly! Family loved it and devoured. Thanks, as always, Gina. 🙂

  7. This is a wonderful recipe. I feel like I’m having beef nachos ( in this case turkey 🙂 )from a restaurant!