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Tex-Mex Turkey Skillet

Tex-Mex Turkey skillet

Sick of gravy and stuffing? Take your leftovers in a completely different flavor direction with this spicy, Southwestern skillet recipe. Jalapeños peppers and a Tex-Mex spice blend completely change the flavor of the meat, so it doesn’t taste like Thanksgiving at all.

A quick note on the ingredients: enchilada sauce is available in stores, but you might be hard-pressed to find one that isn’t full of gross stuff. This recipe has instructions for making a Paleo version if necessary – it’s basically just tomato sauce with extra spices, so it isn’t hard. Try making double what you need, and then freezing the extra for the next time you want some.

The pickled jalapeños give the whole recipe a nice, spicy garnish and make it easy for each person to adjust the spice level without making a lot of extra work for the cook. It’s a very family-friendly recipe, and a nice way to enjoy some flavors that typically get neglected during the winter months.

Tex-Mex Turkey Skillet Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.Cooking time COOK: 30 min.


Protein: 24g / %

Carbs: 21g / %

Fat: 21g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 2 cups leftover turkey, shredded
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Pickled jalapeños, to taste, for garnishing
  • Cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Turkey skillet preparation


  1. Melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  3. Stir in the bell pepper, tomatoes, and half the green onions.
  4. Sprinkle with chili powder, paprika, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper. Give everything a good stir and cook 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add the turkey, enchilada sauce, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, and lower heat to a simmer.
  6. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Serve with remaining green onions, avocado, and pickled jalapeños on top.
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