Tex-Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Recipe (2024)

This is a perfect and simple healthy meal, the whole family will love. It's easy to sneak in vegetables and your kids won't even know. It's full of flavor and only takes minutes to throw together. You are going to love this Tex Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet.

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I love skillet recipes like this Tex-Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Recipe because I can make the whole meal in one pan (easy clean-up is a bonus), it comes together in a matter of minutes, and it’s so easy to throw in extra vegetables or other healthy ingredients that my family needs.

When it comes to making dinner for my family, I am looking for these three things:
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2. Delicious
3. Mostly healthy

This recipe has quickly become a family favorite and because all the ingredients are items that I usually have on-hand, making it perfect to throw together when I am in a pinch.

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What Other Vegetables Should I add to Tex-Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet?

I love adding in vegetables that I have on hand.

This recipe is so versatile that you could really add any of your favorite veggies. It’s also a great way to introduce new vegetables to your kids.

Here is a few other vegetable additions that would taste amazing in this recipe:

-bell peppers
-water chestnuts
-red onion
-green beans

You could really throw in any vegetable you love, and it would taste amazing. You could also take out any that you don’t love.

My husband also like this recipe with ground chicken. Really any lean meat would work. I have tried this with ground beef, and it just makes it a little heavier. We recommend lighter meats, like ground turkey or chicken.

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Serves: 6

Tex-Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet

Full of flavor and only takes minutes to throw together. You are going to love this Tex Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet.

Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 13 minutes mins

Total Time 33 minutes mins



  • 1 ½ cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 15 ounce pinto beans undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • 10 ½ ounces diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 15 ounces corn drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Colby Jack cheese


  • Cook rice according to package directions.

  • While the rice cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat.Add in the ground turkey, onion, and garlic and cook until the turkey is no longer pink.

  • Stir in the rice, beans, beef broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, salt, cumin, and ground pepper. Let cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes to let the flavors really come together.

  • Top with shredded cheese and let cook for 2-3 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

  • Garnish with your favorite toppings – tomatoes, shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, etc.


Calories: 410 kcal · Carbohydrates: 58 g · Protein: 33 g · Fat: 7 g · Saturated Fat: 3 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 52 mg · Sodium: 666 mg · Potassium: 991 mg · Fiber: 10 g · Sugar: 7 g · Vitamin A: 737 IU · Vitamin C: 13 mg · Calcium: 149 mg · Iron: 5 mg


  • Large Skillet

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Mexican

Author: Camille Beckstrand

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  1. Sabrina B says:

    nice recipe, like that it's in one skillet too, looks beautiful, I like ground turkey and ground beef in similar recipes, thank you for this!

  2. emmanue/ madaki says:

    Hello six sisters'stuff.,wat a lovely one it nice and cool am so happy nw have u guy online

  3. Kinzi says:

    Do you have the nutrition facts on this recipe?!! It’s so yummy!!

  4. Cyd says:

    Here is the nutrition value for this recipe. https://www.myrecipemagic.com/tex-mex-ground-turkey-and-rice-skillet-2502196324.html

  5. Mary says:

    Could I use ground chicken in the recipe?

  6. Momma Cyd says:

    Yes, ground chicken will work just fine in this recipe too.

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Tex-Mex Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Recipe (2024)


How do you make ground turkey taste better? ›

How do you add flavor to ground turkey? Turkey meat can be flavored with easy ingredients like kosher salt and pepper, bell peppers, garlic powder, and olive oil. If you're cooking meat, specifically turkey taco meat, hot sauce and enchilada sauce are your best mates.

How long does it take to cook ground turkey in a pan? ›

Generally, it is recommended to cook ground turkey for about 8-10 minutes over medium heat until it is no longer pink and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

How do you cook ground turkey without drying it out? ›

Don't overcook your ground turkey and it will stay moist. It should take no more than 15 minutes to cook. Anything beyond that will dry it out.

Do you season ground turkey before cooking? ›

Before you start cooking, be sure to season the ground turkey well with salt and pepper. Also consider including dried herbs and spices for additional flavor. If you're cooking meatballs or meatloaf, pinch off some of the seasoned mixture and cook it in a skillet to taste. Adjust seasoning accordingly.

What can I add to ground turkey to make it taste like beef? ›

Whenever I made turkey burgers, I would dissolve some beef bouillon in a little water and add it to the turkey with a little canola oil, then season and form the patties. The bouillon gave it some flavor and the water and oil helped with moisture. Just make sure not to overcook.

What seasoning makes ground turkey taste like beef? ›

Ground turkey isn't as flavorful as ground beef, but if you want it to feel a little bit more like ground beef, try adding some Worcestershire sauce.

How do you know when ground turkey is cooked enough? ›

It will be cooked when it is all browned evenly, juices run clear and when your thermometer is at least 165 degrees F.

Can you cook ground turkey in a frying pan? ›

Add oil to a hot pan then add your ground turkey meat to it on medium high heat. Keep the meat moving around the pan and as it cooks it will naturally brown and fall apart.

Should you oil pan for ground turkey? ›

A few of tips for decent results: If I am going to use ground turkey or ground chicken, I always add oil to the pan when I am frying it up. It needs the oil as it doe snot have enough fat of it's own. (Depending on where you live, you may be able to get an 80/20 blend of ground turkey.

Why is my ground turkey rubbery? ›

Is turkey supposed to taste rubbery? Rubbery texture comes from cooking too long with too low a heat. Most land fowl like chicken, turkey, pigeon, guineafowl, peafowl, etc. are best when cooked hot and fast.

Why is my ground turkey white when cooking? ›

Turkey is a white meat and will not turn brown unless artificial colors are added. Chicken is the same. Dark meat on either fowl will be darker in color once cooked, but will not be the nice brown of beef.

Is ground turkey good for you? ›

"Ground turkey contains less saturated fat than ground beef, giving it a more beneficial fat profile," says Beaver. "In its place, ground turkey instead contains more polyunsaturated fat, which is a protective, healthier type of fat."

Is it better to season ground meat before or after cooking? ›

Season the Ground Beef

When it comes to seasoning your ground beef, wait until after it has been browned and drained. Adding salt to raw ground beef pulls out moisture, drying the meat out and creating steam while it cooks, which prevents it from browning properly.

What do you season turkey with? ›

Stick with salt and pepper, put herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage to work, or take spicy Cajun seasoning for a spin for some kick. Whatever blend you choose, spread it all over the turkey—on top, underneath, between the body and wings and legs, under the skin, and even in the cavity of the bird.

How do you make ground turkey taste more savory? ›

You could try adding some Worcestershire Sauce, or some smoked paprika, savory, chili powder. What are some ways to cook chicken breast or ground turkey so that it is not plain? After you brown the meat, use it in a recipe. Most recipes that work for ground beef will also work for ground turkey.

How do you make 99% lean ground turkey taste good? ›

Enhance Flavor with Seasonings

While ground turkey has a mild flavor, adding the right seasonings can make it truly delicious. Experiment with a variety of herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, or dried oregano. Don't be afraid to get creative and adjust the flavors to your liking!

What can I add to ground turkey to keep it moist? ›

Mushrooms add moisture, mouthfeel, and umami (beefy) flavor to the otherwise dry ground turkey. When mushrooms are chopped up into little bits, they easily and evenly mix with ground turkey making the protein so tender and flavorful while also giving the dish a veggie boost.

How do you make turkey not taste bland? ›

In addition to sprinkling salt on the surface of the turkey, give your bird a big flavor boost by seasoning under the turkey's skin, too. Stir your favorite spices and herbs into softened butter, then rub it all over the turkey and under the skin.


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