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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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
18 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pulse dried red chile peppers in a spice grinder until coarsely ground.

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  • 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.

  • 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

196 calories; protein 35.4g; carbohydrates 3.6g; fat 3.6g; cholesterol 87.9mg; sodium 1234.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2018
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 huge hit at our taco bar. I made it into chorizo breakfast patties that perfectly offset the sweet breakfast bread pudding I served them with. While this will never be an exact copy of the real thing the flavor profile hits most of the notes I wanted and really lends itself to adding that depth of flavor real chorizo is known for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2017
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 step two and my family loved it. I used Mexican oregano smoked paprika and New Mexico chile powder. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2018
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 huge hit at our taco bar. I made it into chorizo breakfast patties that perfectly offset the sweet breakfast bread pudding I served them with. While this will never be an exact copy of the real thing the flavor profile hits most of the notes I wanted and really lends itself to adding that depth of flavor real chorizo is known for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2019
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2017
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 have any. I also did not use an orange. All in all the meat was juicy and tender. We made taco salad and a pita Mexican pizza. I would definitely make this recipe again. Read More