A layer of succulent turkey with pasta to soak up the Mexican flavors under a moist, sweet corn-bread cheese topping. Serve with a salad for a complete meal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 casserole
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook and stir ground turkey in hot oil until turkey is browned and crumbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain excess fat. Stir chicken broth and taco seasoning mix into turkey; cook and stir until liquid reduces and thickens, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir orzo into turkey mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add salsa to turkey-orzo mixture, stir, and transfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish.

  • Stir muffin mix, creamed corn, and milk together in a bowl. Spread corn mixture over turkey mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the casserole comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Spread Mexican cheese blend over the top of the casserole and bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

466 calories; protein 25.7g 51% DV; carbohydrates 46.2g 15% DV; fat 20.5g 32% DV; cholesterol 78.3mg 26% DV; sodium 1123.4mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2015
awesome recipie! i did change it a bit. i added a whole packet of taco seasoning, 4 oz of orzo and a 15 oz jar of mild salsa. i also added 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the meat/pasta mixture before topping with the cornbread mix. baked it for 1 hour at 400 and then added 1 cup of mexican cheese blend to the top. kids and husband approved, they even went back for seconds. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
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  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2015
awesome recipie! i did change it a bit. i added a whole packet of taco seasoning, 4 oz of orzo and a 15 oz jar of mild salsa. i also added 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the meat/pasta mixture before topping with the cornbread mix. baked it for 1 hour at 400 and then added 1 cup of mexican cheese blend to the top. kids and husband approved, they even went back for seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2016
I've made this twice now and love it. The second time I made it I put the cheese on top of the turkey which worked better for me. Easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2017
This was a quick and easy dish to make. It was surprisingly filling! I left out the cheese and oil to save calories. The cornbread topping seemed to taste very artifical but I'm sure it was because of the brand of cornbread mix used. (We rarely eat this sort of thing.) Also the texture of the topping was more gooey than I expected not breadlike even though I baked it longer than the recipe stated. Maybe next time omit the creamed corn. Also added a mini can of diced chilis to the turkey. I'll make it again. I thought it was a great way to use ground turkey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2017
I am a noted novice in all aspects of cooking. This recipe turned out a lot better than I expected. I did add use a full packet of taco seasoning and added another 1/4 cup of chicken broth when I added the orzo. Will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2018
Great inspiration! We are gluten and dairy free so I used a tried and true cornbread recipe omitting the creamed corn and also led Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2016
Turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2020
Awesome didn’t change a thing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2017
No changes to recipe. Very tasty and will make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2016
I made this to reinvent leftover Thanksgiving turkey and OMG it was so delicious I ended up eating the entire thing by myself (of course not in one sitting lol). I measured 1 lb of leftover turkey and just mixed the taco seasoning all over it. Threw it in the casserole dish threw the cheese on top of it and then topped with the cornbread topping. It turned into an amazing Turkey Tamale type casserole. Will be making this regularly. Read More