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cooked turkey taco quinoa in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

This Mexican Taco Quinoa skillet dinner is sure to become your family’s favorite weeknight dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 245kcal
Author Ashley C.


  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey (I use 99% lean)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounce can diced green chilis
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of 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


  • Spray a large skillet generously with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the diced onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it starts to soften. 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. Stir in all the spices and the diced green chiles, cooking for another minute. Add in the black beans, corn, fire roasted tomatoes, salsa and quinoa, stirring until everything is combined.
  • When the mixture starts to bubble add in the water, cover the skillet with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low. 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.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and cover with the lid cooking until the cheese is melted. Serve as is, in tortillas for tacos, or on top of your favorite greens.



Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating on the stovetop or in the microwave. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.5g | Protein: 19.3g | Fat: 6.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 33.5mg | Sodium: 475.9mg | Potassium: 323.8mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 2.5g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3.1mg