Monday, March 21, 2011

Mexican Ground Turkey Quinoa Skillet

I don't make quinoa enough. I always forget how much I like it. I love quick, inexpensive one pot meals like this. 

This is an incredibly filling, tasty dish that I could make over and over.

Mexican Ground Turkey Quinoa Skillet
Adapted from $5 Dinners

1 lb. ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 (4 oz) can chopped chilies
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/2 tbsp. garlic
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups corn
2 green onions for garnish

Brown ground turkey and onion.  Add garlic and spices and stir for a minute or so.  Add tomatoes, green chilies, rinsed quinoa, water and black beans.  Stir and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn and cook for another 5 minutes or so until quinoa is done and most of the liquid is done. 

Total calories = 2122 calories
10 cups = 212 calories per cup

2 cups Mexican Ground Turkey Quinoa Skillet = 424 calorie dinner

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This is linked with:
Iron Chef Challenge:Tomatoes at A Latte with Ott A
Mouthwatering Mondays at A Southern Fairytale
Your Recipe, My Kitchen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Made By You Mondays at Skip to my Lou
Mangia Mondays at Delightfully Dowling
Tuesday at the Table at All The Small Stuff
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Hearth n Soul at A Moderate Life
Tasty Tuesdays at 33 Shades of Green
Tasty Tidbits at Permanent Posies
Tuesday Night Supper Club at Fudge Ripple
Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed with Grace

Calories calculated from Some numbers are approximate and rounded.


  1. We tried a similar dish a while back and found the quinoa didn't cook like it should have. Might have to try again.

  2. I feel the same way about quinoa...I just don't make it enough and that little box I have keeps shouting at me to make it. This skillet would be the perfect way to stretch it, too.

  3. Thanks for posting a quinoa recipe, Debbi. I just started cooking with it (wasn't able to find it here until recently). Have been looking for ideas other than salads.

  4. Great idea!! Ive never made Quinoa myself but would def make it like this! Just droppin in from Mangia Mondays, and have a great week!

  5. I have a huge container of Quinoa that I got from Costco that I need to use. This is the perfect recipe for it! Thanks for posting.

  6. I love quinoa! i am absolutely addicted to the stuff. I once made a pot full of quinoa and fresh sweet corn. I didnt even plate it, i just grabbed a spoon and went to town LOL shamelessly too!

  7. Fabulous! I will definitely try this. Truth be told, I bought quinoa just last week and wasn't sure what to do with it.

  8. Love to cook with quinoa and I am always on the lookout for a new way to prepare it. Thank you for this recipe; sounds really good.

  9. I love one pot meals and will definitely have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  10. one pot meals really are the best... mostly because i hate doing dishes more than anything. :D it also helps that this meal looks exceptionally delicious AND it's only 424 calories for a big ol' portion!

    thanks for linking up to mangia mondays, again!

  11. This sounds so yummy! I love all the combo of flavors and how easy it looks!

  12. I bought a great big bag of quinoa at Costco and don't exactly know what to do with it, but I sure am going to try this! It looks very flavorful and yummy!

  13. This looks great! I really like quinoa, but I don't make it often enough either.

  14. That sounds so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  15. Quinoa is one of my favorite whole grains cause it takes s little time to cook! Unlike most of them. I love how colorful and flavorful this dish is!

  16. Hi Debbi,
    I wanted you to know that I made your Quinoa Turkey Salad and it is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing it, I will make it again. Hope you have a great day!

  17. Since I have been able to get my hands on it I have found that I love it too. I have only made two dishes with it so far but each one has me craving more. I am saving this so that I can make it. It looks really good and I cannot wait to try it.

  18. I love this! I am a huge of quinoa and this looks like another great recipe packed with tons of flavors.

    Cocina diary

  19. I have a big bag of quinoa that I bought when we found out that my daughter is a Celiac. She wasn't crazy about the way I prepared it and doesn't think she likes it. Maybe she will like your version better. I think I will try again.

  20. HOLY cow, that looks incredilbe!
    and grain free :)

  21. Quinoa is the best, thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  22. love recipes like this thanks for sharing

  23. made something like this tonight. threw in a can of enchilada sauce for easy seasoning. best way to eat quinoa.i sometimes add some elbow noodles or a little bag of mexican noodles to cook with it. kinda adds a variety of texture and lightens the flavor of the quinoa. just something i discovered and think works out well.

  24. Oh, this looks so good! I'm just getting started with quinoa. I'm visiting from Made by You Monday, where I linked up a Quinoa Salad that we love.

    Thanks for sharing! This looks nice & easy too! :)

  25. Mexican Ground Turkey Quinoa Skillet definitely sounds yummy! It's great to know that you're sharing quinoa recipes here in your blog. Looking forward to trying this recipe very soon. I'm sure my family and friends will love it. Thank you very much for sharing! :)

  26. Thanks for linking up to the Iron Chef Challenge. I love using turkey in the place of beef sometimes. Looks Delish!

  27. I made this twice, once without turkey and both were fab! Do you have the share to facebook disabled?

  28. Hi Debs! I love this dish! I make one similar but mine uses ground beef. The turkey idea is terrific too. You are so right, I forget how much I love quinoa and I think with trying so many different recipes we should all be writing down the ingredients we loved so we can make new stuff with it! Thanks so much for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop! All the best, Alex

  29. I substituted some bulgur I had hanging around the house and it turned out delicious. We added a little hot sauce and salsa because we really like spicy stuff.

  30. I made your recipe for dinner last night and I loved it! I felt positively virtuous eating this, and the quinoa added a lot of texture and protein. To me, it's almost like a really thick chili. Yum!

  31. Okay seriously - how I have not found your blog before now?! OBSESSED - I have so many recipes to make and post on healthified kitchen - can't wait!!