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Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

Looking for a healthy meal you can whip up in under 30minutes?

Check out this one pan meal, Ground Turkey Taco Skillet!

I love a simple dish that takes less time in the kitchen between prep, cook and clean up so I can spend my time doing other things I love. And this one skillet meal does just that!

Plus, this recipe produces a big batch, so you'll have some leftovers you can use for lunch or dinner the next day! Excellent over a bed of leafy greens, a bit of brown rice, or wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. I've even served it for guests paired with some multi grain chips as a hearty Mexican dip! Oh my yum!

Ground Turkey Taco Skillet


  • 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey (or a meat substitute)

  • 1, 15 oz. can black beans (rinsed)

  • 1, 14.5 oz. can whole kernel corn (no salt added, rinsed)

  • 1, 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (no salt added)

  • 1, 4 oz. can green chiles

  • 1/3 C fresh salsa (choose your favorite!)

  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion (diced)

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 tsp. minced garlic

  • 1-2 tsp. fresh cilantro (chopped)

  • 1 tsp. cumin

  • 2 tsp. chili powder

  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning (low salt)

  • 2 C brown rice

  • 1/4 C low fat shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)


  1. Place a large skillet on stovetop over medium high heat.

  2. Once skillet is warm add diced onion and olive oil to cook for approximately 2 minutes (until onion is soft).

  3. Add ground turkey and cook until meat is nearly cooked, then add garlic and chiles and continue to cook thoroughly.

  4. While meat is cooking prepare brown rice (ratio of 1 & 1/4 to 1 & 1/2 C water to 1 C brown rice, dependent on long or short grain variety - refer to your package directions as needed).

  5. Reduce to medium low heat and add cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning, stir frequently as meat browns slightly.

  6. Add rinsed black beans and corn, diced tomatoes, salsa and cilantro, mix well and continue to simmer on medium to low heat, stirring frequently, for 15 or so minutes.

  7. Add brown rice and mix thoroughly, allow mixture to simmer another 5 or so minutes for all flavors to combine well.

  8. Sprinkle cheese mixture on top, cover with a lid and simmer for 2-3 minutes on low (until cheese has melted).

  9. Serve and enjoy!

Serving suggestions - serve alone, over a bed of lettuce, with your favorite multi grain chips or wrapped in a tortilla and top with fresh condiment flavors of your choosing; guacamole, salsa, nonfat sour cream, etc.

Eat and Enjoy!

Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

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