A Few Timeless Turkey Recipes

I felt this blog was sorely lacking with some turkey recipes. I originally came across a couple of these from my aunt during Thanksgiving. However, I took a look at them again this week and thought I should share them.

I hope you enjoy!

Chili con carne (modified with turkey)

Chili con carne is a typical dish from northern Mexico. The recipe for chile con carne is ground beef with beans, chile, spices and beer. This recipe is perfect for a men’s night out. I have actually found it tastes better with some minced turkey instead of beef, so I revised the recipe a little.

The following recipe makes eight portions of the dish for you and your guests.

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2 kilos of chopped turkey
1 tablespoon of cumin
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 kilo of finely chopped onion
500 grams of chopped red pepper
500 grams of chopped yellow pepper
2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
7 tablespoons of piquín chili powder
2 tablespoons canned chipotle chile
2 canned tomatoes, chopped
2 cans of large berry beans
1 bottle of dark beer
sour creams
yellow cheeses
chopped scallion
In a large pot, cook turkey until lightly cooked, about 8 minutes.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and brown onion, peppers and jalapeños. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add onion mixture to meat pot and stir.
Add all the spices and chilies and stir, cook over medium heat.
Add tomatoes, beans, and beer and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 20 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Turkey and Quinoa Meatballs


400 grams of ground turkey meat
¾ cup cooked quinoa
3 cloves of garlic, grated
2 sliced chives
1 large egg
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of sriracha
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce

¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of grated ginger
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
½ cup of water
1 tablespoon of cornstarch


1. Prepare the Meatballs. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Oil a baking tin and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey meat, quinoa, garlic, scallions, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well until all ingredients are integrated. Then, with the help of your hands, form 18 to 20 meatballs (depending on the size you want).

2. Place the meatballs in the previously oiled baking tin and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and cooked. Remove from oven and set aside for heat.

3. Prepare the sauce. Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan and cook over medium-high heat. In a bowl mix the cornstarch with some cold water until it is smooth, add it to the sauce and continue cooking until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

4. Serve the meatballs with the sauce and if you prefer you can also serve them with a delicious salad.

This is a great meal. I have to say that my aunt prepared them during Thanksgiving and I couldn’t get enough of them. I don’t think I ever want to go back to hamburger meatballs again!

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