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Turkey Chorizo (Loose, not Encased)

Rated as 4.25 out of 5 Stars

"In college, I spent some summers in New Mexico, where I fell in love with authentic Mexican chorizo. But having become very health-conscious, my husband and I have been trying to replicate that chorizo flavor in extra lean ground turkey. This recipe tastes just like the pork chorizo from our favorite taco trucks. Serve in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, omelets, or breakfast burritos. I suggest serving on corn tortillas, with chopped onion and cilantro garnish, and a squeeze of lime."
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18 m servings 196
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Pulse dried red chile peppers in a spice grinder until coarsely ground.
  2. Combine ground chile peppers, apple cider vinegar, red chile powder, water, oregano, salt, garlic, cumin, sugar, and black pepper in a large bowl; mix well. Add turkey; mix until seasonings are well-incorporated.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add seasoned turkey; cook, stirring frequently to break up clumps, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in lime juice and orange juice. Continue cooking until browned, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 196 calories; 3.6 3.6 35.4 88 1235 Full nutrition

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I haven't eaten chorizo in decades because of the fat content. This recipe has convinced me to reintroduce this delicious sausage in my diet. I used it in another recipe, therefore not following...

I love the flavor of chorizo, but I don't really care to eat red meat so this twist with turkey was perfect for me. I used it to make a Picadillo recipe instead of regular chorizo which was a ...

My whole family enjoyed this recipe, but next time I make it, I’ll reduce the amount of oil and salt, even if that makes it less like chorizo.

I did make it and added a little more olive oil than the recipe called for. I am familiar with turkey and how dry it gets. I also added cayenne pepper instead of dried red peppers, I did not hav...