Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Need a healthy meal you can whip up in under 30minutes? How about something that offers lean protein, complex carbs, healthy fats and loads of essential vitamins and minerals too? No problem! Check out our Ground Turkey Taco Skillet! There is something about a meal that uses just one dish to create - talk about cooking simplified! Another great perk to this recipe is it yields a large quantity so you might just have enough for leftovers (tomorrows lunch perhaps?). Enjoy it over a bed of lettuce, with your favorite multi grain chips or in a whole grain or corn tortilla wrap. Get ready to put a healthier spin on your next Mexican dinner and curb those comfort food cravings with an all in one skillet meal, easy and delicious!
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)
Place a large skillet on stovetop over medium high heat.
Once skillet is warm add diced onion and olive oil to cook for approximately 2 minutes (until onion is soft).
Add ground turkey and cook until meat is nearly cooked, then add garlic and chiles and continue to cook thoroughly.
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).
Reduce to medium low heat and add cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning, stir frequently as meat browns slightly.
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.
Add brown rice and mix thoroughly, allow mixture to simmer another 5 or so minutes for all flavors to combine well.
Sprinkle cheese mixture on top, cover with a lid and simmer for 2-3 minutes on low (until cheese has melted).
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!