Turkey Taco Salad

This Turkey Taco Salad is an easy, light, and fresh dinner that’s flexible enough to feed all your family members. Mix and match your favorite taco salad toppings, or just use up what you have in your fridge!

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Winter is full of lots of heavy, slow cooked, or stewed comfort foods and right around this time every year I start craving something lighter and more fresh. Enter this super simple Turkey Taco Salad. It comes together quickly, it gives me all the flavors I need, and it’s still super filling. Oh, and did I mention how flexible it is? Read on for tons of ideas for substitutions and add-ins!

Creamy avocado dressing being poured over a turkey taco salad from a mason jar

Dressing Options

I used my homemade Creamy Avocado Dressing for this taco salad, but you can definitely swap that out with your favorite creamy salad dressing. A taco or chipotle flavored ranch, green goddess dressing, or even a tangy Catalina dressing would all be great.

Can I Substitute the Ground Turkey?

Yes, this recipe works great with ground beef or pork, or you can even make it vegetarian using tempeh. To use tempeh, simply crumble the tempeh into a skillet, add a cup of water, and let the tempeh simmer until the water mostly evaporates, then add the taco seasoning and continue to sauté for a couple minutes more.

Other Add-ins and Substitutions

Taco salads are so flexible! Here are some other ingredient ideas that you can use in place of or in addition to anything listed in the recipe below:

Close up side view of turkey taco salad in a serving bowl
overhead view of turkey taco salad drizzled with creamy avocado dressing

Turkey Taco Salad

This Turkey Taco Salad is an easy, light, and fresh dinner that's flexible enough to feed all your family members, no matter how picky!
Total Cost $11.29 recipe / $2.82 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 476.45kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

  • 1 avocado $0.89
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.24
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice $0.50
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro $0.20
  • 1/4 cup water $0.00

Taco Seasoned Turkey

  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil $0.08
  • 1 lb. ground turkey $3.49
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning* $0.67

Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce $0.86
  • 1 cup frozen corn $0.35
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes $1.99
  • 1 jalapeño (optional) $0.18
  • 2 oz. shredded cheddar $0.85

Instructions

  • Make the salad dressing first so the flavors have time to blend. Peel the avocado and remove the pit. Add the avocado to a food processor or blender along with the sour cream, garlic (minced), salt, lime juice, cilantro, and water. Purée until smooth. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to use.
  • Next, cook the taco seasoned turkey. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add the ground turkey and cook, breaking it into pieces as you stir. When it's about half-way cooked, add the taco seasoning and continue to stir and cook until the turkey is cooked through.
  • Thaw the frozen corn (I use the microwave). Wash and chop the romaine lettuce, rinse and drain the black beans, slice the grape tomatoes in half, slice the jalapeño, and shred the cheddar cheese.
  • To build the salad, lay a bed of the chopped lettuce in each bowl, top with beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, seasoned turkey, and a few slices of jalapeño. Drizzle the creamy avocado dressing over top and enjoy!

Notes

*I used my own homemade taco seasoning, but you can use a store-bought taco seasoning packet, if you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 476.45kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.55g | Protein: 32.93g | Fat: 23.2g | Sodium: 1044.28mg | Fiber: 11.95g
Half-tossed turkey taco salad in a serving bowl with salad tongs

How to Make Turkey Taco Salad – Step by Step Photos

finished avocado dressing in the food processor

Make the creamy avocado dressing first, so the flavors have a few minutes to blend. In a food processor or blender, combine 1 avocado (peeled and pit removed), ½ cup sour cream, 1 clove of garlic (minced), ¼ tsp salt, 2 Tbsp lime juice, ¼ bunch cilantro, and ¼ cup water. Process until smooth. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to use.

ground turkey cooking in a skillet with taco seasoning being sprinkled over top

Add ½ Tbsp olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Add 1 lb. ground turkey and break it into pieces as it cooks. When it’s about half-cooked, add 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (or one store-bought taco seasoning packet) and continue to cook and stir until the turkey is cooked through.

seasoned ground turkey in the skillet

Set the cooked, seasoned taco meat aside.

turkey taco salad toppings in bowls: beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes, jalapeño

While the turkey is cooking, you can begin to prepare the rest of the toppings. Rinse and drain one 15oz. can of black beans, thaw 1 cup frozen corn (I use the microwave), slice 1 pint of grape tomatoes in half, shred about 2 oz. of cheddar, and slice one jalapeño.

Chopped Romaine lettuce in a serving bowl

Also, wash and chop one head of Romaine lettuce. To begin building your salad, place the chopped lettuce in the bottom of a large serving bowl (or you can create four smaller single-serving salads).

Beans being poured onto the salad with corn, tomatoes, and cheese

Start adding the toppings: corn, tomatoes, shredded cheddar, and black beans.

turkey taco meat and jalapeños added to the salad

Top with the turkey taco meat and sliced jalapeños…

Creamy avocado dressing being poured over the salad

And finally, drizzle your creamy avocado dressing over top and enjoy!

Side view of turkey taco salad in a serving bowl with the jar of dressing in the back

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Slow Cooker Chili

I decided this year I was going to make peace with my slow cooker. I was surprised by how much I didn’t take to it, which I’ve documented here and there. Like bread machines, Instant Pots, Thermomix, and cast irons skillets, someone wrote about the latter on my Facebook page, “It’s just a PAN…” (in all-caps), they certainly have their fans. I do like my…

I decided this year I was going to make peace with my slow cooker. I was surprised by how much I didn’t take to it, which I’ve documented here and there. Like bread machines, Instant Pots, Thermomix, and cast irons skillets, someone wrote about the latter on my Facebook page, “It’s just a PAN…” (in all-caps), they certainly have their fans. I do like my cast iron skillet very much, but my life doesn’t change radically when I reach for mine. Although wouldn’t it be great if that was all it took? 😀

My appliance company gave me the slow cooker after I hounded them for three years to get reimbursed for a dishwasher repair charge they said they’d reimburse me for. I was happy to have finally settled that debt and move on with my life, but am still unclear as to why it took three years for them to tell me they couldn’t send me a check for reimbursement. Since I already had a grille-pain (toaster), a robot (food processor), and a boulloire (hot water kettle), I went with the slow cooker, which I’ve been determined to fall in love with.

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Incredible Jalapeno Pizza

This incredible jalapeno pizza is the best way to enjoy this mighty pepper on a cheesy pie! It’s full of savory, spicy flavor. Every time we make a new pizza recipe…it’s our new favorite. Apologies if we sound like a broken record around here. But you absolutely must try this Jalapeño Pizza! This is destined to be a hit if you love the bright zingy flavor of this mighty pepper. Instead of a tomato sauce or even a white sauce, this pizza has a base of tangy salsa verde! Pair the heat of the jalapeno with savory zucchini, bright sweet corn, and gooey cheese, and it’s a uniquely delicious pie that you’ll fall head over heels for. Let’s make one! How to make a jalapeno pizza You could call this jalapeno pizza a green pizza…because it’s topped with bright green salsa verde! Forget the typical tomato-based pizza sauce here, or even a white sauce. The bright flavor of the salsa is the perfect pairing for the spicy jalapeno. Here are the basic steps to make it (or go right to the recipe): Make the pizza dough. See below. Or, you can also do a “cheater” pizza by using this as a […]

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This incredible jalapeno pizza is the best way to enjoy this mighty pepper on a cheesy pie! It’s full of savory, spicy flavor.

Jalapeno pizza

Every time we make a new pizza recipe…it’s our new favorite. Apologies if we sound like a broken record around here. But you absolutely must try this Jalapeño Pizza! This is destined to be a hit if you love the bright zingy flavor of this mighty pepper. Instead of a tomato sauce or even a white sauce, this pizza has a base of tangy salsa verde! Pair the heat of the jalapeno with savory zucchini, bright sweet corn, and gooey cheese, and it’s a uniquely delicious pie that you’ll fall head over heels for. Let’s make one!

How to make a jalapeno pizza

You could call this jalapeno pizza a green pizza…because it’s topped with bright green salsa verde! Forget the typical tomato-based pizza sauce here, or even a white sauce. The bright flavor of the salsa is the perfect pairing for the spicy jalapeno. Here are the basic steps to make it (or go right to the recipe):

  • Make the pizza dough. See below. Or, you can also do a “cheater” pizza by using this as a topping for Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza!
  • Saute the zucchini. All you need is 1/2 cup sliced zucchini. Saute it up in a small skillet: it takes just 5 minutes because of the small quantity.
  • Slice the jalapeno pepper. Make sure to protect your hands from the spicy juices! Wash your hands thoroughly after cutting.
  • Slice the corn off of the cob. Here’s our secret method for how to cut corn without spraying it all over your kitchen.
  • Top that pie and bake! Load everything on with mozzarella and feta cheese and bake for 5 minutes until the cheese is golden.
Jalapeno pizza

Pizza dough options!

Easily the hardest part of a homemade pizza is the pizza dough. But then again, easily the best part of a homemade pizza is homemade pizza dough! We highly recommend making our master recipe, below. But, there’s not always time for pizza dough. Below are a few shortcuts too!

  • Pizza dough: master recipe! This Best Pizza Dough has the absolute perfect flavor and texture. Stretching the dough takes a bit of practice, but it’s not hard. Head to How to Stretch Pizza Dough.
  • Thin crust. Try this Thin Crust Pizza Doug! It’s easy to roll out into a thinner, crispier crust.
  • Pan pizza. Another option: make this as a pan pizza in a cast iron skillet! It takes a little longer, but it’s an easier method.
  • Naan or flatbread pizza.  Here’s the quickest and easiest option! Try our Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza using purchased flatbread.

Use a pizza stone if you can!

This jalapeno pizza tastes amazing when you bake it on a pizza stone. It’s especially helpful for our basic and thin crust options, above. Here’s why:

  • Pizza stone: A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, plus care tips.
  • Pizza peel: Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel.
Jalapeño peppers

More topping ideas for jalapeno pizza

Of course, you can use lots of different vegetables on your jalapeno pizza! Here are a few ideas of other flavors that would pair well:

  • White sauce: Try the ricotta cheese sauce from this white pizza instead of salsa verde.
  • Hot sauce: Want to blow your face off? Drizzle with Cholula.
  • Bacon and cream cheese: Turn it into a jalapeno popper pizza by spreading the crust with cream cheese and topping with bacon.
  • Bell peppers: Add more peppers, like the sauteed bell peppers from this healthy pizza.
  • Mushrooms: Try the mushroom sausage from this pan pizza.
  • Refried beans: Put jalapeno on a taco pizza instead.

How hot is a jalapeno pepper?

The jalapeno pepper is a medium spicy pepper. We’re assuming if you’re making this jalapeno pizza, you can handle the heat! The heat rating is 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). Here’s where it stacks up against other types of peppers:

  • Green pepper: No spice
  • Anaheim pepper: Very mild
  • Poblano peppers: Mild
  • Jalapeno peppers: Medium hot
  • Serrano peppers: Hot
  • Cayenne: Very hot
  • Habanero: Extremely hot
  • Ghost pepper: Outrageously hot
Jalapeno pizza

More jalapeno recipes

Love jalapeno peppers? Us too. There’s something about the flavor that’s not just spicy: it’s fresh and bright, too! Here are some of our favorite jalapeno recipes to try:

  • Pickled Jalapeños Add big flavor to your meals with these easy homemade pickled jalapeños! With only 10 minutes hands on time, they add a tangy kick to tacos and chili.
  • Jalapeño Margarita Heat up your cocktail repertoire with this spicy margarita! Crisp and tart, it’s got just the right kick.
  • The BEST Salsa This fresh salsa features ripe and juicy tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, and lots of lime.
  • Simple Guacamole The best simple guacamole with the perfect flavor! You’ll hear a chorus of “Wow’s” every time you serve it.

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Jalapeno pizza

Incredible Jalapeno Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This incredible jalapeno pizza is the best way to enjoy this mighty pepper on a cheesy pie! It’s full of savory, spicy flavor.


Ingredients

  • 1 ball Best Pizza Dough (or Thin Crust Dough)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced zucchini (about 1/3 small zucchini)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 corn cob or 1/3 cup corn kernels
  • 1 handful sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese or queso fresco crumbles
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Saute the zucchini: Drizzle a bit of olive oil into a small skillet. Add the sliced zucchini, kosher salt, and dried oregano and saute until tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
  4. Prepare the other toppings: Thinly slice the jalapeño pepper. Cut the corn off of the cob. Mince the red onion.
  5. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  6. Spread the salsa verde onto the dough in a thin layer with the back of a spoon. Top with the mozzarella cheese, zucchini, jalapeno, and red onion. Sprinkle with the feta cheese.
  7. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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