Simple Turkey Taco Skillet

We typically have one taco Tuesday kind of meal each week.  For a while, it was taco salads every Tuesday.  Then it was taco nachos.  Next, a taco soup phase.  And then, a no taco anything phase because we got so sick of everything taco. 
But taco Tuesday kind of meals are just too easy to avoid.  Like this week when the only meat in my fridge was ground turkey, the only vegetables: corn and lettuce, the only grain: some rice, and fortunately I had some canned salsa and a half-eaten bag of chips.   
And of course I had taco seasoning.  
It was either a taco kind of night or a cereal kind of night.  I went with taco.  Dinner was a quick fix and my boys gobbled it up.  Even the picky one! There’s a good chance you’ll have everything you need to make this skillet.
And this is what happens when you try to take a picture of a piping hot skillet outside on the balcony, when it’s five degrees outside.  It was so steamy I couldn’t get a clear shot of the food.   
Simple Turkey Taco Skillet
1 lbs lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
2 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 cups water
1 (16oz) jar chunky salsa
1 (11 oz) can of corn
2 cups instant brown rice
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, chopped (optional for topping)
low fat sour cream (optional for topping)
tortilla chips
In a large skillet brown the ground turkey or lean ground beef until cooked through. Drain if needed.
Stir in taco seasoning, water, salsa, and corn and bring to a boil. Next stir in the rice. Cover and let stand 10-15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
Sprinkle cheese all over the top, and cover again for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Garnish with sour cream, chopped tomato and serve with tortilla chips.
note: I used pre-cooked long grain brown rice instead of instant rice and just reduced my liquid to 1 cup of water (instead of two) and I let everything simmer on medium heat until the liquid was absorbed.

serves 6
source: Woman’s Day




  1. Kris and Cath January 16, 2013

    These look delicious! I love your recipes:)

  2. Natalie January 16, 2013

    Looks delicious! I love theme nights! We’ve started “Breakfast Thursdays” because by that point in the week, I’m done, breakfast is easy, and it’s stuff we always have on hand. I might have to think about throwing in Taco Tuesdays, though …

  3. how did you know i have ground turkey in the fridge waiting to be gobbled up? perfection in this recipe Kristy! I think I know where it’s destiny is. :) Thank you for sharing and your photos have me drooling.

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 17, 2013

    I could seriously eat tacos every night. This sounds so yum – pinned!

  5. Susie Freaking Homemaker January 17, 2013

    I agree with dorothy! I could have some version of tacos every single night of the week!!

  6. Grandbabycakes January 17, 2013

    Wow, that is one serious taco skillet. Looks amazing!

  7. Love the sound of this! We end up eating a “taco” meal about once a week, too!

  8. Brittany @ DulceVie January 20, 2013

    Now I am in the mood for tacos!

  9. baking.serendipity January 21, 2013

    Tacos are a regular at my house too! We’ve done a lot of tacos in tortilla shells lately…I love this way to switch things up :)

  10. M.J. Powell January 23, 2013

    You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  11. Always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas! Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious. Hope you’ll be back tomorrow!


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