Meal prepping has become one of my favorite ways to take the stress off of frantic grocery shopping and boring meals. Here's a current favorite that I find myself making at least once a month (if not more).
This ground turkey taco recipe is simple, customizable, and versatile. You can make this recipe and save it for all different things for 1 or 2 people to have all week or it can feed a larger family for 2 dinners. I've used these leftovers to entertain friends for taco night and "brunch" breakfast burritos and they were a crowd-pleaser both times!
2 lbs of lean ground turkey meat (I like to get at least 93% lean, 7% fat if not leaner)
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 14 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (I like Muir Glen organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes)
1 14 oz. can of black beans (you can use pinto or kidney as well. Or you can omit beans if you'd like)
1 jar of salsa (I like a mild, chunky salsa. Use your favorite kind of salsa at whatever heat you prefer)
Paprika (and/or smoked paprika)
Place all of the ground turkey meat in a large pan on medium/high heat. Using a wooden spoon or utensil to break up the turkey meat into smaller chunks.
As the meat begins to cook and lose its raw, pink color it will be easier to continue to break the meat into even smaller pieces. Keep doing this until the meat has slightly browned and you've been able to break up any large remaining chunks of turkey.
Add chili powder, cayenne, paprika, garlic, and pepper to taste. I know this is when people give you measurements, but this is really a personal preference on spice. Start small and you can always add more flavor. I would use more chili powder than other spices so you get the most classic "taco" flavor.
Add diced onions, black beans, crushed tomatoes, and salsa to the pan.
Cover and let simmer on medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
Now comes the fun part! This taco meat can be used in a ton of different ways and makes for great leftovers.
Here are my favorite ways to enjoy it:
Classic Turkey Tacos
This is the one we all know and love. Here's what you'll need:
Leftover turkey taco meat
Flour or corn tortillas and/or hard taco shells
Sliced black olives
Avocado, sliced or mashed
Salsa or hot sauce
Any other toppings you like on your tacos!
You know the drill here, put everything into your tortilla or hard shell vessel, and enjoy!
I love salsa and eggs! If you do too, this is the combo for you!
Leftover turkey taco meat
Eggs or egg whites
I like to keep these simple because there is so much flavor in the turkey meat.
Heat a small about of butter or oil in a pan on medium heat (I like to use olive oil or coconut oil spray)
Whisk eggs in a bowl until you see lots of air bubbles. Adding a splash of milk makes them fluffier!
Add eggs to the pan and let them heat.
As the eggs begin to cook and become less liquidy, add turkey meat and scramble/fold the turkey in with the eggs. Let the combination heat through.
Add the egg and turkey scramble to your tortilla and top with salsa and avocado.
Like the classic turkey tacos, you can customize your toppings and additions to your breakfast burrito. Use what you love and enjoy!
Turkey & Rice Bowl
This one is super simple and very filling!
Turkey taco meat
Brown rice or quinoa, or couscous
Salsa or siracha
That's it! This is my favorite thing to do with the turkey leftovers a few days after I've made it. I usually try to keep cooked brown rice on hand in my fridge, so sometimes I can throw this together in 10 minutes.
This recipe is pretty self-explanatory. Use either brown rice, quinoa, or couscous as your base, and add the turkey taco meat on top. Mix together and top with salsa, or my personal favorite, siracha!
The turkey meat is so flavorful, I usually keep the rice bowl fairly simple, but that's just me. You can always swap out your base for greens or even noodles if you'd like. You can also add whatever toppings make you happy. Avocado, cheese, tomatoes, whatever!
I hope you try these combinations and find one you love! Send us pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us when you share on social media @be_stabl on Instagram. We love making new friends and we'd love to see your creations!