Tex-Mex Turkey Skillet is a heart-healthy dinner option made with the combined flavors of BBQ and Mexican cooking, plus super lean ground turkey breast.
I have a cooking confession to make: I rarely ever buy ground turkey. I know SO many people swap ground turkey for ground beef in recipes, but having worked on behalf of the beef industry during the early part of my career [pre-mom], I was almost always cooking with lean ground beef. BUT, having spotted Simple Truth Extra Lean Ground Turkey at the grocery store, I put on my big girl pants and was determined to try something new! Hey, we are almost to 2017 which could very well be the year of ground turkey for me! At least that was my thought with the boys spooned a lot of this Tex-Mex turkey skillet into their hungry mouths.
I think the secret to this recipe besides the nutritional profile of the ground turkey is in the sauce. We almost always have BBQ sauce and salsa on hand, and while it might seem weird to combine the two, my family was pleasantly surprised at the turkey skillet that ended up on their plates.
With the new year on the horizon and many of us looking to kick-off 2017 with lighter, healthier options to feed ourselves and our families, Tex-Mex turkey skillet meets that requirement. Will I stop buying lean ground beef? Nope. Will I continue buying this extra lean ground turkey? You bet! In fact, I find that the boys take to ground meat [turkey, beef, or chicken]. Chances are it’s because I’m almost always pair it with a sauce. But hey, I’m not complaining. Or nit-picking their eating habits. As long as they don’t start complaining about my crazy delicious recipe concoctions!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound Simple Truth Extra Lean Ground Turkey
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ cup corn [I used frozen]
- ½ cup salsa
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce
- Brown rice, cheddar cheese, and sliced avocado for serving
- Heat large nonstick skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil. When the oil is heated through, add ground turkey, onion, and pepper. Break the turkey into small crumbles.
- Once turkey is almost cooked through [about 7-8 minutes], add cumin and oregano.
- Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are softened and turkey is fully cooked. Stir in corn, salsa, and BBQ sauce.
- Turn heat to low and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- To plate, spoon brown rice into individual serving bowls. Top with turkey mixture, cheddar cheese, and avocado.
Since I’m new to ground turkey, what are some of your favorite ways to cook with it?!
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