Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

Ground turkey, quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes and Mexican spices all cooked together in just one skillet! This healthy and delicious Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet dinner is sure to become your family’s favorite weeknight dinner!

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet | This healthy and easy to make Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet dinner is a one pan wonder the whole family will love!Hi everyone! Danae from Recipe Runner and I’m back with my first guest post for 2016. I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday season and that the New Year has started out great for you. While I love the holiday season it’s nice to get back to my normal routine and eating habits. My body can only take so many cookies and chocolates before it starts to turn on me and let me know it’s had enough. By the first week in January it had definitely had enough!

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet | This healthy and easy to make Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet dinner is a one pan wonder the whole family will love!Just because it’s January and many of us are trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean that we have to eat food that tastes like cardboard or lettuce all day every day. It also doesn’t have to use complicated expensive ingredients or take all day to prepare. Healthy eating can be delicious, colorful, full of flavor and easy to make. This Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet is a perfect example of a flavorful, healthy, one pan meal that everyone in the family is sure to enjoy!

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet | This healthy and easy to make Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet dinner is a one pan wonder the whole family will love!Skillet meals are one of my favorite things to make for a couple of reasons. I love that there are far less dishes to wash since washing dishes is one of my least favorite things to do along with emptying the dishwasher. I also love that there are so many options when it comes to making skillet/one pot dinners. You can make them with or without meat, pasta, rice and in this case quinoa, then it’s just a mater of adding in your favorite spices and vegetables.

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet | This healthy and easy to make Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet dinner is a one pan wonder the whole family will love!Since I love Mexican food and am always looks for ways to jazz it up and keep it healthier, this Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet was a perfect option for me. Along with ground turkey and quinoa being in this skillet meal you’ll also find a slew of Mexican spices, black beans, green chiles, corn, fire roasted tomatoes and of course it wouldn’t be complete without some melted cheese on top! It can be served as is, in tortillas for tacos or on top of your favorite greens like a taco salad. The skillet meal comes together in about 30 to 40 minutes making it a great weeknight dinner choice. Enjoy!

Yields 6 servings

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey (I use 99% lean)
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup jarred salsa
  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Spray a large skillet generously with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. When the skillet is hot add in the diced onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it starts to soften.
  3. Add in the ground turkey and minced garlic and cook until the meat is almost cooked through, breaking it up into crumbles with a spoon as it cooks.
  4. Stir in all the spices and the diced green chiles, cooking for another minute.
  5. Add in the black beans, corn, fire roasted tomatoes, salsa and quinoa, stirring until everything is combined.
  6. When the mixture starts to bubble add in the water, cover the skillet with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low.
  7. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked, it should still have a slight bite to it, but not be hard and crunchy.
  8. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and cover with the lid cooking until the cheese is melted.
  9. Serve as is, in tortillas for tacos, or on top of your favorite greens.


Leftovers may be frozen for a later use.


Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet | This healthy and easy to make Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet dinner is a one pan wonder the whole family will love!

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  1. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    I am so down for this skillet!! It looks insanely amazing, Danae! I think I’m going to have to change our dinner plans tonight so I can make this instead. 😉 That cheesy goodness is calling out to me!

    • Danae

      Thanks Sarah, cheese always calls out to me! 😉

  2. marcie

    This meal looks amazing and I wish it was in front of me for lunch right now! Adding it to my meal plan stat. 🙂

  3. Jeff

    What a mouthwatering dish! Will have to try that one day. Thanks for sharing Ashley!

  4. kushi

    Drooling.. Looks super delicious and a flavorful recipe. Amazing clicks!

  5. Ashley

    I’m with you – it’s so nice to be back into a normal eating routine again! This meal looks fantastic!!

  6. Anita

    This recipe looks so delicious! Visiting from Artsy-Fartsy Link Party.

  7. AJ @ Aspen Jay

    Hi Ashley,

    My husband says I need to branch out with my meals because all I really make is Mexican food. Well this is a little variation of it, so its okay. 🙂 Definitely pinning this and trying it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  8. Audrey

    Yummy! I adore quinoa. It is so versatile. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Linky Party this week. I hope you will join us again next week.

  9. Julie Briggs

    This is right up my alley – can’t wait to try it!

  10. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table

    This is right up my alley – heathy, easy and packed with flavor! Love these ingredients and love that this is a wonderful weeknight dinner – YUM!

  11. Lou Lou Girls

    Yum! I’m drooling right now! Pinned and tweeted! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at our linky party. We hope to see you next Monday @ 7 because we can’t wait to see your new creations! Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  12. Amber

    This looks so tasty, and easy too! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe in our Best of the Blogosphere link up. We’d love to have you back tomorrow!

  13. Frugal Hausfrau

    Oh, wow, delish and healthy, too! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next week!


  14. Bev

    Yum, this looks delicious! I’m also a fan of one-pot or one skillet meals for easier cleanup 🙂 Pinning this recipe and looking forward to making it soon.

  15. Brittany

    Made this for dinner tonight, but it wasn’t super flavorful so I added some of my own Mexican spices to it. Great concept though! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Kelly Asheim

    Love this dish!!!
    Do you know how many calories per serving by chance?

  17. Lauren

    Is it just me, or is there no indication of when to add the salsa listed in the ingredients?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Lauren! Salsa is added in step 5. I fixed the recipe 🙂

      • Lauren

        Thanks! 🙂

  18. Jennifer Wilson

    I just made this tonight and it was a HIT! Not only with my husband, but with both kids! Granted, I left the cheese out for the kids (because they “hate” it ugh) but otherwise, with the cheese it’s divine! It really was filling and although there was not much meat, it was a mouthful of goodness. Thanks for this new recipe which will be a staple in our house. I already told my husband I will make it for his mom when she visits in a couple weeks.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Jennifer! I am so glad to hear that you loved this recipe. It is a staple in our house too. I hope your mother-in-law loves it. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Ashleigh

    For the fireroasted tomatoes do we drain them or just pour it in as? Thank you

    • Ashley

      Hi, Ashleigh! You can just pour the tomatoes into the pan, no need to drain. Enjoy!

  20. Khushboo

    Hello! Great recipe! Quick question, do we add the quinoa cooked or uncooked?? Thanks!

    • Ashley


  21. Dana

    I am thinking of making for a friend (in a meal train) but need to drop off a day early for them. If you froze in a dish, how long/what temp would you use to reheat all the way through? THANKS! p.s. I have made before for my family, delish!! I didn’t have cilantro and it was still great, and I used pinto beans instead of black. Yum!

  22. Shamara

    I just made this tonight for dinner. It was awesome. I’m not a fan of tomatoes so I didn’t put as much as the recipe called for and I sliced some avocado so flavorful and filing. Loved it thanks can’t wait to try more of your recipes

    • Ashley

      I’m so glad to hear you loved it!

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