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May 30, 2010 07:33 PM

What Else Can I Make with Ground Turkey?

It was two packages for the price of one at the local market, so I got a lot. I have made meatballs, meatloaf, sloppy joes, tomato sauce with turkey, and am running out of ideas. I'm tempted to try chili but am not sure the kids would like it.

Any bright ideas out there?

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  1. Homemade Mexican Chorizo


    1 lb ground lean pork, ground turkey can be substituted
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon table salt
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


    Combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, garlic powder, coriander, oregano, red pepper flakes, ground cloves and black pepper in mixing bowl and stir until well combined.

    Add cider vinegar and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

    Add ground meat and knead until spice mixture is well incorporated into the meat.

    You can use the chorizo immediately, but for best flavor development, place chorizo mixture in an airtight container and store overnight in fridge.

    Form chrizo meat into small patties or just scramble and fry the meat in a skillet until done.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Antilope

      I like the concept here and all the flavorings, but usually when I use chorizo I am counting on some fat content. Would the addition of lard or bacon fat take away from your recipe?

      1. re: Veggo

        I've never tried adding extra fat, but it couldn't hurt.

        1. re: Veggo

          You could add one of those fats but what would be the point?? If you're gonna make chorizo, use pork. If you use turkey it's gonna be for the healthier option so adding a fat like that would counter it.
          Perhaps olive oil.
          Most often I use plain water. Turkey is too dense for sausage as is IMHO.


      2. I favor beef and pork for chili, but the truth is with all the seasoning your kids probably wouldn't know the difference. I say spring it on 'em.

        Also...Take some of the meat and add a good dose of sage, a bit of savory if you have it, plenty of black pepper, some salt, and just a small pinch of sugar...and you' have some very nice breakfast style sausage for patties or links.

        1. Turkey Chili is good.

          This is also good, and uses a lot of turkey (its essentially just spiced garnished ground meat.) However, it is Thai/Laosian/Cambodian, can be spicy depending how you prepare, and thus may not be a hit with kids. That said, it is total fun food eaten with the hands, taco style with a piece of lettuce. It can be made kid friendlier by having a variety of sauces on hand to apply -- duck sauce, thai sweet chili sauce, hoisin, anything at the asian store that looks good, etc.

          Larb --

          I make it with ground turkey (as they suggest), and its great. If you make it w/ sweet/sticky rice, it'll go over even better. I make a few pounds at a time, and stretch it out over the week.

          1. It's hard to describe how wonderful these burgers are. Ask kattyeyes. They're a real keeper.


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            1. re: c oliver

              Truly, they are! Thanks for the reminder. I haven't Mar-a-Lago'd in a while! :)

              P.S. I like turkey tacos, too.

            2. These turkey empanaditas are fantastic - they're not traditional sure, but I was able to put them together with three kids and their friends running about - and you can bake from frozen so they make a great last minute meal - and I'm sure you could use whatever combo of cheese, herbs and spices you like.