This turkey taco skillet version is super fast. It doesn’t include rice and is really delicious. It’s super versatile. Let’s get the turkey taco skillet recipe in this article of Apronese!

How to Serve Turkey Taco Skillet?

There are so many different things that you can do with this dish.

The most common one is to use it as a taco filling. Just toast some tortillas, add a scoop of this turkey taco filling, and top with whatever you like (cheese, sour cream, pickled red onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and more).

Another option is to use it for taco salads. Simply fill a bowl with your favorite greens, top with the ground turkey taco mixture, and add any extra toppings you might like.

You can also make a bowl meal with a bed of rice, stuff this into a burrito, or put it inside a folded over tortilla with cheese and toast it up in a skillet for some quesadillas.

Can I Substitute the Turkey?

Yes, you can totally can. Ground beef or ground chicken would work well with this recipe.

Can I Substitute the Diced Tomatoes?

Yes, you can substitute that, too. As mentioned above, this recipe is super versatile.

If you don’t have Rotel or canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, you can either use 1.5 cups red salsa, or a can of plain diced tomatoes plus a 4oz. can of diced green chiles.

How to Freeze Turkey Taco Skillet?

Simply chill your turkey taco skillet mixture in the refrigerator overnight, then transfer to quart-sized freezer bags, label and date the bag, then freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat, you can thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or place the frozen mixture in a skillet, add a couple tablespoons of water, and heat over low with a lid, stirring occasionally as soon as it loosens up enough to stir.

Or just pop it in the microwave and use the defrost, then heat functions.

Close up of some turkey taco skillet being scooped up by a tortilla chip

Turkey Taco Skillet Recipe

This versatile turkey taco skillet is freezer-friendly, and can be served in different ways.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 5 mins / Cook Time: 12 mins / Total Time: 17 mins

Servings: 4 1.5 cups each


Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp chili powder ($0.30)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika ($0.10)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin ($0.10)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.03)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)

Taco Skillet

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil ($0.08)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey ($3.99)
  • 1 yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 1 10oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles ($0.45)
  • 1 15oz. can black beans ($0.48)
  • 1 cup frozen corn ($0.35)
  • 1/2 bunch green onions ($0.45)


  • Add the cooking oil and ground turkey to a large skillet. Begin to cook the turkey over medium heat, breaking it up into pieces as it cooks.
  • While the turkey is cooking, dice the onion. Add the onion to the skillet with the turkey and continue to stir and cook until the onions are soft. Add the prepared taco seasoning, then continue to stir and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  • Drain the black beans, then add them to the skillet with the diced tomatoes (with juices) and frozen corn (no need to thaw). Stir the ingredients in the skillet to combine, then heat through over medium.
  • While the mixture is heating, slice the green onions. Stir the green onions into the skillet just before serving.


Serving: 1.5 cups ・ Calories: 426.45 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 34.08 g ・ Protein: 26.8 g ・ Fat: 21.3 g ・ Sodium: 1036.55 mg ・ Fiber: 9.7 g

The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.

How to Make Turkey Taco Skillet – Step-by-step Photos

Homemade taco seasoning ingredients in a bowl

Step 1: Make your homemade taco seasoning (you can use store bought).

Combine 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional), 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, and about 1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper in a small bowl.

Cooked ground turkey and onions in the skillet

Step 2: Add 1 tbsp cooking oil and 1 lb. ground turkey to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, breaking up the ground turkey as you stir.

While the turkey is cooking, dice one yellow onion, then add it to the skillet and continue to cook with the turkey until the onion is soft.

Taco seasoning being added to the skillet with turkey and onion

Step 3: Add the taco seasoning to the skillet with the ground turkey and onion. Continue to cook and stir for 1-2 minutes more.

Black beans, tomatoes with green chiles, and corn added to the skillet

Step 4: Drain one 15oz. can of black beans, then add them to the skillet with one 10oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, and 1 cup frozen corn (no need to thaw).

Stir to combine, then heat through over medium, stirring occasionally.

Sliced green onions added to the skillet

Step 5: While the skillet is heating through, slice half a bunch of green onions (about 4 green onions). Add the green onions just before serving and stir to combine.

Finished turkey taco skillet

This version takes about 15-20 minutes to finish. You can serve it in many different ways. It is a great make-ahead and freezer-friendly recipe. Remember to come back to us for more recipes!