Say goodbye to bland, dry, and flavorless ground turkey recipes and hello to flavor-packed, juicy, and protein-packed in this ultimate ground turkey recipe round-up. And, since they can all be made with minimal prep, minimal ingredients, and minimal effort, you’ll save time without sacrificing flavor.

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Time-Saving Notes from Robyn

All the Ground Turkey Recipes

Adding Flavor to Ground Turkey

Time-Saving Notes from Robyn

If you have a pound of ground turkey in your fridge or freezer and have no clue what to do with it, I’ve got you covered! Ground turkey is a great base to healthy meal because it’s lean, high in protein, takes on the flavors you choose, and is quick and easy to cook (perfect for last minute dinners). And, if you’re looking to try even more turkey recipes, check out my slow cooker turkey recipes and my easy high-protein dinner ideas.

Tips for Adding Flavor to Ground Turkey

Yes, ground turkey can be bland and dry on its own! These simple tips from a habits expert will help you add flavor to ground turkey for fast, flavorful meals in no time.

Don’t Skip the Seasoning

Season the ground turkey generously with salt and with a variety of spices and herbs to enhance its flavor. My go-to spices include garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder (like I use in this easy turkey taco skillet.)

Use Vegetables for Moisture and Flavor

Cook vegetables like onions, garlic, and bell peppers in a little oil before adding the ground turkey to add a boost of flavor and moisture to keep the turkey from drying out (like I do with these gluten free turkey meatballs).

Add a Liquid or Sauce

Sauce is the name of the game when it comes to keeping ground turkey moist and giving it tons of flavor. You can use chicken or vegetable broth, marinara sauce, salsa, or a quick and easy homemade sauce. Try it with this turkey sweet potato skillet recipe.

The Best Ground Turkey Recipes

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4.95 stars (17 ratings)

Ground Turkey Pasta

This quick and easy ground turkey pasta comes together quickly in under 30 minutes, and is an easy dinner idea you’ll want to make on repeat!
Ingredients: pasta shells, olive oil, salt, onion, zucchini, carrot, ground turkey, garlic, Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, cream cheese.
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An overhead shot of a white rectangular baking pan with cooked enchiladas topped with enchilada sauce, melted cheese, avocado slices, jalapeño slices, and cilantro on a white background with a white and blue stripped napkin, wooden spoon, and a bunch of a cilantro.
5 stars (7 ratings)

Ground Turkey Enchiladas

This ground turkey enchiladas recipe is a delicious and healthy meal that’s easy to make and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or as a make ahead meal. It’s a time saving main course that uses just a handful of ingredients and is sure to be a new family favorite!
Ingredients: olive oil, onion, ground turkey, salt, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, black beans, cheese, enchilada sauce, tortillas.
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5 stars (7 ratings)

Ground Turkey Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

These super tasty ground turkey tacos are quick to pull together on a busy weeknight and is full of simple, yet super flavorful fresh ingredients.
Ingredients: olive oil, ground turkey, cumin, mild chili powder, garlic powder, salt, tomatillo salsa, corn tortillas, corn, red onion, lime juice, cilantro.
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Top down view of a ground turkey sweet potato skillet in a blue and black pan with fresh herbs on a white background.
5 stars (4 ratings)

Easy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This healthy ground turkey sweet potato skillet is a fast, easy last minute dinner idea that’s so tasty you’ll want to put into your regular weeknight rotation. It’s ready in under 30 minutes, so keep this one in your backpocket for busy weeks!
Ingredients: ground turkey, sweet potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, shredded cheese (traditional or dairy-free), baby spinach, chipotle honey vinaigrette and salt.
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5 stars (6 ratings)

Ground Turkey and Green Beans Skillet 20-Minute

This ground turkey and green beans skillet with sauce comes together in 20 minutes using one pan! It's savory, satisfying, and packed full of Asian-inspired flavors. Asparagus or broccoli florets can easily be substituted for the green beans. My top tip? Double this quick and easy recipe. You'll want leftovers!
Ingredients: ground turkey (light or dark meat), green beans, garlic, ginger, honey, chicken stock, lime juice (or rice wine vinegar), tamari, arrowroot powder, olive oil, and salt.
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Overhead image of a white enameled dutch oven with spaghetti, with tomato sauce and ground turkey. The dutch oven is surrounded by a plate of cooked spaghetti, a bowl of parmesan cheese, a wooden bowl with salt, fresh herbs, and a white and blue striped tea towel.
5 stars (3 ratings)

Easiest Ground Turkey Spaghetti (6-Ingredients)

The easiest ground turkey spaghetti you'll find, this recipe combines 6 simple ingredients like garlicky marinara sauce, a few simple spices, and ground turkey for a flavor packed meal that's nearly effortless!
Ingredients: olive oil, onion, salt, ground turkey, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, spaghetti (or gluten-free spaghetti).
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5 stars (3 ratings)

Turkey Taco Skillet

Solve weeknight dinner tonight with this quick turkey taco skillet! Made with simple pantry ingredients like ground turkey, it’s a lighter meal on its own or can be used as a delicious taco or burrito filling or delectable nacho topping.
Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic powder, cumin, canned black beans, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, frozen corn, olive oil and salt.
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5-ingredient free meatballs on zucchini noodles in white bowl with fork and striped napkin
4.96 stars (22 ratings)

5-Ingredient Free Meatballs (egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free)

5-Ingredient Free Meatballs (egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free) are free of all the major allergens, but still taste amazing and are easy to make with a short list of simple ingredients. Make a double batch during meal prep and you’re good to go!
Ingredients: ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, garlic, nutritional yeast, almond flour (or oat flour)
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4.88 stars (8 ratings)

Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

These easy, delicious gluten free turkey meatballs are made with ground turkey, without breadcrumbs or eggs, and can easily made and frozen.
Ingredients: ground turkey, bell peppers, onions, oat flour (or almond flour), olive oil, garlic powder and salt.
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5 stars (23 ratings)

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (High-Protein!)

This easy slow cooker turkey chili is the BEST healthy chili, is high-protein (boasting over 32 grams per serving!), and super easy to prep, too! So simple, delicious and crowd-pleasing, it's a sure hit any time you want a hearty, filling, and nourishing meal.
Ingredients: ground turkey, canned beans, bell peppers, onion, sweet potato, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, and other spices.
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5 stars (8 ratings)

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These easy and healthy slow cooker turkey meatballs use ground turkey for an easy-prep meal that requires not pre-browning!
Ingredients: ground turkey, marinara sauce, basil, spinach, onion, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.
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4.75 stars (8 ratings)

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Made with ground turkey meat, tomato paste, ketchup, and simple spices, slow cooker turkey sloppy joes is a crowd-pleasing dinner that can also be made paleo and Whole30.
Ingredients: ground turkey, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, onions, red bell peppers, water and salt.
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two slow cooker turkey tacos on a white plate with cilantro and lime wedges
5 stars (3 ratings)

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

These easy slow cooker turkey tacos combine ground turkey meat with tomato sauce & a few simple spices for the perfect, easy prep taco filling. Make tonight taco night!
Ingredients: ground turkey, tomato sauce, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic powder, paprika and salt
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4.91 stars (10 ratings)

Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili (+ 30-Minute Stovetop Option)

Sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together, Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili is perfect for fall or anytime of year. With a 30-Minute stovetop option you can make this one anytime.
Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic, cumin, chipotle peppers, apples, tomato sauce, lime juice, and other seasonings
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5 stars (15 ratings)

Crockpot Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup

Crockpot Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup is hearty one-pot meal that’s packed with the good stuff. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe your family will love.
Ingredients: ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, stock, spinach, Italian seasoning and other spices
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5 stars (5 ratings)

Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili is a simple, healthy one-pot meal that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.
Ingredients: ground turkey, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, tomato sauce, bell pepper, onion, cumin and other spices
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5 stars (3 ratings)

Easy Instant Pot Turkey Tacos

These Easy Instant Pot Turkey Tacos combine ground turkey meat with tomato sauce and simple spices for an easy prep taco filling. Make tonight taco night!
Ingredients: ground turkey, chicken stock, tomato paste, olive oil, mild chili powder and other spices
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5 stars (1 rating)

Easiest Ground Turkey Skillet + 20 More Ground Turkey Recipes

Solve weeknight dinner tonight with this quick turkey taco skillet! Made with simple pantry ingredients like ground turkey, it’s a lighter meal on its own or can be used as a delicious taco or burrito filling or delectable nacho topping. Plus 20+ easy ground turkey recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound 93% lean dark meat ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 15- ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15- ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen defrosted corn

Optional Serving Suggestions:

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion, ¼ teaspoon salt, and stir to combine. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the onions soften, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground turkey, breaking up with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt, cumin, and garlic powder. Cook until the turkey is browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the black beans, tomatoes, corn, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, stirring to combine. Turn to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes for the flavors to combine.
  • Sprinkle with cheese if using, then serve with optional serving suggestions if desired.

Notes

Nutrition information calculated without the optional toppings.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 4), Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 714mg, Potassium: 804mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 566IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 86mg, Iron: 4mg
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