Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

turkey taco quinoa skillet with wooden spoon scooping out the meal

This Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet is perfectly spicy, full of protein and a cheese lovers dream! The best part? It’s made in one skillet and takes only 30 minutes!

Y’all. I’m all up in my feels regarding this Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet! I swear, it’s one of the favorite things I’ve ever made. It’s no secret that I love Mexican food. I mean, out of the last few recipes I have posted, 2 of them are Mexican inspired. If you haven’t yet, check out my Spicy Breakfast Fajita Tacos! They’re seriously delicious.

turkey taco quinoa skillet with wooden spoon and avocado

Another thing I’m all about lately? One skillet meals! Out of the last few recipes I have posted, 2 of them are also ONE SKILLET. I swear, when I like something, I go all in. PS: If you’re looking for an easy, healthy dessert, you should most definitely make this Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet.

So, here are a few things that I absolutely love around this recipe:

  • it’s all made in one skillet
  • it’s full of delicious veggies
  • also full of complete proteins like ground turkey and quinoa
  • it’s a cheese lovers dream

Minimal clean up for the win! Y’all, no one wants to wash dishes in this heat. That’s why I love this one skillet dish. You literally pour everything into a large cast iron skillet and let it simmer. Just plop a lid on top and go finish the last little bit of The Bachelorette. Yes, it’s my guilty pleasure. Yes, it’s extremely boring this season. No, I won’t stop watching it.

turkey taco quinoa skillet with sliced avocado

Here is exactly what you’re going to need for this dish, y’all.

  • ground turkey (the leaner is best!)
  • onion and bell pepper (for those crunch vibes)
  • corn
  • black beans
  • quinoa
  • cheese
  • taco seasoning (homemade or store bought)

That’s it! I don’t know about you, but I’m 100% about 7 ingredient one skillet meals that take 30 minutes.

I like how the dish is subtly spicy. With how much time it has to simmer, the flavors meld together like nothing you’ve ever had. The black beans and the corn form an amazing alliance to add both juiciness and wonderful texture to the dish. I love how the onion and bell pepper get slightly softer in the skillet but still retain a subtle crunch. The quinoa becomes creamy and delicious, but still remains perfectly cooked. The ground turkey is a wonderful protein for this meal – it’s light, it’s spicy thanks to the taco seasoning and it’s just plain delicious. Lastly, the cheese melted is basically the cherry on top. It takes this super healthy dish and adds just a dash of indulgence.

turkey taco quinoa skillet with wooden spoon cheesy bite

I also love how many different ways you can serve the dish! You can eat it straight from the skillet with tortilla chips as an appetizer. You can pile it on top of a bed of greens to make a taco salad. Or, you can do what my husband did and eat it on freshly made corn tortillas!

turkey taco quinoa skillet with blue corn tortilla chips

blue corn tortilla chip dipping into the turkey taco quinoa skillet

Some variations for the dish? Add chicken instead of turkey! Or maybe double up on the beans and make it a vegetarian dish.

Bottom line, it doesn’t matter how you eat it – it’s going to be delicious! Cheers to minimal clean up, easy, delicious meals! Yay Summer!

5 from 2 votes

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

This Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet is perfectly spicy, full of protein and a cheese lovers dream! The best part? It's made in one skillet and takes only 30 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ground turkey tacos, one skillet meal, taco skillet, turkey taco quinoa skillet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 316 kcal


  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 can corn (can also use fresh, about 1 cup)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • handful of cilantro (for garnish)
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. Add olive oil to to large cast iron skillet and use medium heat. Add in onion, cook for 1-2 minutes and then add in your ground turkey. Add 2 tbsp of taco seasoning and mix together to combine. 

  2. When your turkey is done cooking, add in your bell pepper, black beans, corn and quinoa. Add in 1/2 cup of water. Add lid to the skillet and let it simmer for 20 minutes. 

  3. Once the 20 minutes are up, add one more tbsp of taco seasoning, mix together. Add cheese on top, put the lid back on the skillet and let the cheese melt for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Garnish with cilantro. Serve warm with chips, tortillas or just eat by itself. Enjoy!

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Made this for dinner tonight and Holy. Cow. So fast and SO delicious! Going into our permanent dinner rotation! Thanks for this amazing recipe! ❤️

    1. Hey Nikki! I think that would work! I would just completely skip adding the water/simmer part since the quinoa is already cooked. So basically, after cooking your turkey/veggies, stir in the quinoa. Let it cook just enough to heat it through. If it’s too dry, add just a splash of water or broth to help liven it back up! 🙂

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