Turkey Taco Skillet

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This low-carb Turkey Taco Skillet is loaded with nutritious ingredients. Robustly seasoned ground turkey with beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles. This taco dish is covered in melty sharp Cheddar cheese and garnished with your favorite taco toppings. Serve this meal over cauliflower rice for a low-carb and filling meal or serve it as a dip with chips!

Overhead view of Turkey Taco Skillet, garnished with avocado slices, cilantro and lime.

Turkey Taco Skillet

We can’t get enough of these turkey tacos, so today we’re channeling those flavors in a single skillet meal, loaded with delicious ingredients. The turkey is well-seasoned and combined with tender black beans, crisp corn, fire-roasted tomatoes, green chiles, and topped with lots of melty Cheddar. We love adding some thinly sliced or chopped avocados, fresh lime, and chopped cilantro on top and calling it a meal! While we typically serve this meal with a bag of chips, below are some other serving suggestions for this fun Turkey Taco Skillet meal.

QUICK TIP

Not sure about ground turkey? Read all about it here. Still not convinced? Lean ground beef works great in this recipe too!

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with chips. Add your favorite taco toppings straight to the skillet and serve it all family-style with a bag of chips. Dig in!
  • Make lettuce or taco wraps. Scoop the turkey taco filling along with your favorite taco toppings (cheese, sour cream, cilantro, onions, etc.) in some lettuce leaves or charred/warmed tortillas. 
  • Make a burrito bowl. Prepare some cilantro-lime or cauliflower rice, scoop a few spoonfuls of this turkey taco skillet mixture, add your favorite taco toppings, and enjoy!
  • Prepare a large salad. Prep a bowl of chopped romaine, add a few spoonfuls of this meal, and your favorite taco toppings. Drizzle on a cilantro lime vinaigrette or creamy cilantro dressing. Crumble up some chips, or add seasoned tortilla strips, for some added crunch.

Process shots: saute onion and garlic; combine seasonings; add to onions and garlic; saute until gragrant; add ground turkey.

Once the meat and veggies are prepared in the skillet, it’s all about picking a few of your favorite toppings. Below are some suggestions; our “must haves” are Cheddar cheese, cilantro, green onions, lime, and avocado.

Turkey Taco Skillet toppings

  • Grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes or pico de gallo
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • Large scoop of sour cream (we use fat free to keep these on the light side); you can also use Greek yogurt.
  • Sliced avocado or scoop of guacamole
  • Pickled red onions (I share a quick pickled red onion recipe on these chicken tinga tacos)

Process shots: brown and crumble ground turkey; add diced tomatoes and green chiles; add frozen corn and black beans; mix and heat through; add Cheddar cheese; mix to melt cheese for this turkey taco skillet.

Turkey Taco Skillet tips

  • Keep the ground turkey cold and avoid over-cooking.  Store the turkey in the fridge right up until it needs to be added to the skillet. Don’t set it out or let it come to room temperature. Because of the low fat content, ground turkey isn’t too forgiving when it’s over cooked; it will become dry, crumbly, and lose flavor. Use a food thermometer and cook it until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Use freshly grated Cheddar cheese. To avoid a greasier end dish, I recommend freshly grating the cheese; pre-grated cheese has a cellulose coating.
  • Opt for fire-roasted ingredients. I highly recommend using fire-roasted tomatoes and green chiles; it adds a ton of flavor to this skillet dish, with no extra effort on your end.
  • Add fresh ingredients. While you don’t necessarily need both cilantro and green onions, I would pick at least one fresh herb and some lime juice to finish Turkey Taco Skillet. Fresh herbs and lime juice bring a vibrancy to the dish and an extra dimension of flavor.
  • Use quick prep options. For the fastest-possible prep time, use frozen diced onions, pre-minced garlic, and a packet of taco seasoning in place of the seasoning mix indicated in the recipe. Keep toppings to a minimum and enjoy this meal in 20 minutes or less with these changes.

Close-up view of the finished Turkey Taco Skillet, with sliced avocado, cilantro and green onions for garnish.

Overall spice of this dish

As written, I would say this is a very mild dish. This, of course, depends on the seasonings you use. I use McCormick® chili powder which is very mild; you may want to reduce amount of chili powder if using a hotter chili powder.

To add spice: add in 1/8 up to 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper and/or a diced jalapeño. 

QUICK TIP

I recommend ground turkey that is sold in a carton, rather than in a chub (the plastic tube). The chub-style ground turkey tends to be overly watery and less flavorful.

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Turkey Taco Skillet

5 from 2 votes
This low-carb Turkey Taco Skillet is loaded with nutritious ingredients! Robustly seasoned ground turkey with beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles. This taco dish is covered in melty sharp Cheddar cheese and garnished with your favorite taco toppings. Serve this meal over cauliflower rice for a low-carb and filling meal or serve it as a dip with chips.
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Turkey Taco Skillet

5 from 2 votes
This low-carb Turkey Taco Skillet is loaded with nutritious ingredients! Robustly seasoned ground turkey with beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles. This taco dish is covered in melty sharp Cheddar cheese and garnished with your favorite taco toppings. Serve this meal over cauliflower rice for a low-carb and filling meal or serve it as a dip with chips.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword turkey taco skillet
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 533kcal
Cost $6.71

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup (110g) finely diced yellow onion (~1 small onion)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (~2 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: ground cumin, paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 pound (16 oz.; 454g) lean (93/7) ground turkey (lean ground beef also works!)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz; 411g) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 oz; 113g) fire-roasted diced green chiles (mild), drained
  • 1 can (15 oz. 432g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (116g) frozen corn
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (148g) freshly grated sharp shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 3-4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • Serve: with chips (See Note 1)
  • Optional toppings: chopped avocado or guacamole, pico de gallo or chopped tomatoes, lime juice, sour cream, etc.

Instructions

  • TURKEY TACO MEAT: Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add in the diced onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for 20-30 seconds. Add in all of the seasonings: 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 tablespoon beef bouillon powder. Cook and stir the spices until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Nothing should be burning; reduce the heat if needed.
  • TACO MEAT CONT.: Press the seasoned onion to the edges of the skillet. Add the ground turkey to the center of the pan. Crumble the meat into small pieces and cook until no longer pink (but not cooked through all the way), about 5-8 minutes. (If the ground turkey has released liquid, drain off at this time). Add in the undrained fire-roasted diced tomatoes and scrape the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits (this is where the flavor is!) Add in the diced green chiles. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until most the liquid is absorbed. Add in the frozen corn and drained and rinsed black beans and gently stir to warm through.
  • GARNISH: Reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the cheese on top and gently stir to combine and melt. Once melted and incorporated, add green onions and cilantro. Serve immediately with chips (See Note 1). Top skillet with your choice of taco toppings such as sour cream, diced avocado, additional herbs, fresh lime juice, etc.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Not sure about serving this with chips? Here are few other serving suggestions:
  • Make lettuce or taco wraps. Scoop the turkey taco filling along with your favorite taco toppings (cheese, sour cream, cilantro, onions, etc.) in some lettuce leaves or charred/warmed tortillas. 
  • Make a burrito bowl. Prepare some cilantro-lime or cauliflower rice, scoop a few spoonfuls of this turkey taco skillet mixture, add your favorite taco toppings, and enjoy!
  • Prepare a large salad. Prep a bowl of chopped romaine, add a few spoonfuls of this meal, and your favorite taco toppings. Drizzle on a cilantro lime vinaigrette or creamy cilantro dressing. Crumble up some chips, or add seasoned tortilla strips, for some added crunch.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.8g | Protein: 44.9g | Fat: 24.4g | Cholesterol: 116.8mg | Sodium: 967.8mg | Fiber: 9.7g | Sugar: 7.2g

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  1. 5 stars
    As always, both my husband and I enjoyed this recipe for dinner. It did use a packet of taco seasoning in place of the seasoning mix due to some time constraints. Put it over mashed potatoes and it was delicious! Another winner from Chelsea!

  2. What an honor to be the first to review this fantastic recipe. We loved it!!! Bravo. We served it with chips — Delish! Only modifications based on what I had on hand – 2 jalapenos and 1 serrano in place of the green chilies, 3 roma tomatoes in place of the can and soy sauce in place of the beef powder. Thank you!!

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