How to Make Turkey Nachos That Will Blow Your Mind?

Author: rahat hossain
November 1, 2022

There are many classic recipes for delicious turkey nachos. There are lots of variations and ways to change the ingredients. If you want to add some extra flavor, try adding garlic powder, onion powder, or Italian seasoning. Try this recipe today and enjoy.

What is Turkey Meat?

Turkey meat is delicious and nutritious food from turkey. The best thing about Turkey meat is that it is cheap. Therefore, Turkey meat is commonly used for making stew and soup.

Most Turks eat Turkey meat at least once per week. The meat has a light flavor and is tender. Turkey meat is often used to make sandwiches and other dishes. Some people also use ground turkey meat instead of beef when they want to make nachos.

How to make Turkey nachos?

To make turkey nachos:

  1. Start with ground beef.
  2. Add diced onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and taco seasoning.
  3. Mix all these ingredients, then form into patties—Cook for about 10 minutes per side at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tools/Equipment You'll Need

To make turkey nachos, you need a food processor, a grinder, a meat thermometer, and some kitchen tools such as spatulas, mixing bowls, measuring cups, whisks, knives, etc. If you do not already have these things at home, you should purchase them for making turkey nachos.

Recipe 1(Grilled)

Prep time: 5 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Serving: 4 persons

Cooking Difficulty: Easy

Cuisine: American

Course: Appetizer

Calories: 675 kcal

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 675 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated Fat: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 909mg
  • Potassium: 908mg
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Vitamin A: 940IU
  • Vitamin C: 22.5mg
  • Calcium: 369mg
  • Iron: 4.6mg


  • Turkey you've already cooked and torn into little pieces - about 2 cups worth
  • 2 tablespoons of corn flour/cornstarch, the floury sort, not the gritty kind
  • Seasoning for fajitas, 1 teaspoon
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • A half teaspoon of black pepper, ground
  • 4-tablespoons of oil from a vegetable source
  • Black beans, cooked and canned in a 400-gram can be drained and rinsed
  • Passata (tomato sauce that has been sieved): 300 ml (make sure it's gluten-free if you use it)
  • One peeled and minced garlic clove
  • Crisp tortillas, 300 grams
  • 100 grams of grated mature cheddar cheese 50 grams of grated mozzarella cheese 50 grams of shredded Red Leicester or orange cheddar cheese 10 baby tomatoes cut into fourths
  • Finely cut, peeled and seeded 1 small red onion
  • Chopped scallions (spring onions) from a small bunch 1 ripe avocado (after removing the pit and peeling it)
  • 2 chili peppers, cut jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)


  1. In a bowl, combine the corn flour, fajita spice, salt, and pepper, then add the turkey and toss to coat.
  2. Put the oil in a big skillet and set it over high heat. Add the turkey and brown it. Do not stop flipping until the entire thing is evenly golden. Your time investment here should be somewhere between 6-8 minutes. If you turn the turkey too often, it won't brown as fast. Take out of the skillet and put in a bowl.
  3. Heat the passata, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a separate skillet (or the same one) for 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbling. Remove the heat source.
  4. Get the grill going (or the oven) ahead of time.
  5. Layer half of the tortilla crisps in a large (preferably round) oven-proof dish. Layer half of the beans and turkey on top. Sprinkle the remaining tortilla crisps, beans, and turkey over the top, reserving a small amount of each for garnish. To prevent the tortilla chips from burning, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.
  6. Melt the cheese in the oven until it is bubbling and melted. Bring back to the grill for a few seconds to warm through and lightly brown the remaining tortilla crisps, then remove.
  7. Remove from grill and top with tomato slices, red onion slices, avocado chunks, spring onions, and jalapeño slices. Chop some fresh coriander and sprinkle it on top before serving.

Recipe 2(Baked)

Prep time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Serving: 4 persons

Cooking Difficulty: Easy

Cuisine: American

Course: Main course

Calories: 189 calories

Nutrition Information

  • Serving: 1nachos
  • Calories: 189kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 103mg
  • Sodium: 444mg
  • Potassium: 489mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1031IU
  • Vitamin C: 16mg
  • Calcium: 41mg
  • Iron: 2mg


  • Bag of 12-ounce tortilla chips
  • 2 cups of grated cheese
  • Ground turkey, one pound
  • Black beans, one 15-ounce can (drained)
  • A single package of taco seasoning
  • Mix 1 lime juice and zest.
  • 14 cups of chopped cilantro
  • Crystal sour cream, 1 cup
  • Corn in a can, 1 pound, 7 ounces
  • A cup of chopped tomatoes, a quarter cup of chopped purple onions
  • A single jalapeno pepper, diced


Step 1

Put in oven and turn temperature up to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Layer tortilla chips and cheese on top.

Step 2

Brown turkey and break it up while cooking it in a big skillet over medium heat. Black beans, taco spice, and lime juice with zest should be added once the meat is cooked. Toss on a baking sheet. Add corn kernels for garnish.

Step 3

Place in oven and bake for about 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Step 4

Sprinkle some sour cream and chopped cilantro on top, then sprinkle on some diced tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos. Start serving right away.

Recipe 3

Prep time: 5 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Serving: 4 persons

Cooking Difficulty: Easy

Cuisine: American

Course: Main course

Calories: 222 calories

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 222cal
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Protein: 4.4g
  • Fat: 2.7g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Vitamin a: 15iu
  • Calcium: 6mg
  • Iron: 0.4mg


  • A single table scoop of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of finely minced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • Turkey that has been crushed down to a very lean consistency (1 lb.
  • One-tenth of a teaspoon of Lawry's Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp. of Lawry's seasoned salt
  • Crunchy corn tortillas
  • Black beans, one 15-ounce can be drained and rinsed
  • 2 diced Roma tomatoes
  • 2 sliced jalapenos
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Choices of Garnish:
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Mexican sour cream salsa


Turkey meat on the grill:

  • The olive oil should be heated over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook the onion and bell pepper for 2 minutes.
  • Brown the ground turkey and add it. Reduce the size of the meat chunks by mashing them.
  • Throw in some garlic salt and seasoning salt, and let it simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.


  • Set oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread your tortilla chips out in an even layer on the parchment paper of a baking sheet.
  • Spread chips with the turkey mixture, then top with the beans, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Melt some pepper jack cheese on top.
  • It can be done again to add another layer.
  • Cheese should be melted, and bubbling and vegetables should be heated after about 15 minutes in a single layer or 20 minutes in multiple levels in the oven.
  • Cilantro is traditionally sprinkled atop served nachos.

Why Should you choose the recipe?

We enjoy our turkey nachos so much because we allow them to be. We did not attempt to hide the fact that it was turkey. We decided to embrace it instead. We brought out its taste and converted it into one of the best turkey nachos.

Since turkey nachos are often dry, we opted to add an egg to ours for cohesiveness and juiciness. Similarly, we use 94% lean ground turkey, and we don't advise using anything thinner than that because the nachos can fall apart otherwise.

Can You customize mine with various items?

Absolutely. Though we're happy with ours just the way it is, there are a few changes you can make that we approve of. No Worcestershire sauce? Make use of liquid smoke or soy sauce. Try mixing some finely chopped shallots with the garlic, subbing in any herbs you have on hand for the parsley, or whipping up your cajun spice. The meat in these nachos can bend.

What should I serve with the recipe?

The best dish for serving turkey is a spicy chicken salad served coldly with celery, carrots, peppers, olives, and mayonnaise. Another option is a sandwich made out of whole wheat bread.

Why is this My Favorite recipe?

Turkeys are my favorite recipe because they taste great and are easy to prepare. They also look adorable when served at parties. The best part about them is that you don't need fancy ingredients like fresh herbs, garlic, onion, etc. All you need is some ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg yolk, milk powder, salt, and pepper. I usually add some hot sauce too.

Things you should avoid

You should first avoid using too much oil when cooking turkey nachos. Turkey nachos need less fat than beef nachos, plus they cook faster. Next, don't use canned tomatoes for sauce. Instead, start with fresh ingredients such as onions, peppers, garlic, and mushrooms. Finally, always check the expiration date on ground meat. If the meat has been frozen, thaw it out slowly before cooking.

How to Store?

Turkey nachos should be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If refrigerated for longer than two weeks, thaw them at room temperature and refreeze them. They are deliciously served cold or warmed slightly in a pan on medium heat.

Expert Tips

  • If the patties are clinging to your hands as you're shaping them, wet your hands with cold water.
  • The nachos can be refrigerated until it's time to grill them.
  • Achieve that perfect sear on the nachos by heating the skillet to high temperatures before adding the meat.
  • Check the internal temperature of your nachos with a meat thermometer if you want to be sure they're done.
  • These nachos can be cooked on an outside grill by preheating and brushing the patties with olive oil to prevent sticking. In addition, before you cook the nachos, please put them in the fridge for a while so they can firm up.
  • Toppings — pickles, tomato, lettuce, red onion, avocado, Jalapeno, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, cheese, garlic mayo, and relish are all great options.
  • Five minutes before the finish cooking, place a slice of cheese on the nachos so it may melt.
  • Rather than using bread, you can serve these on lettuce buns for a lower-carb option.
  • Fast service is recommended so the nachos retain their optimal juice level.

How long does it take to cook?

Cooking turkey takes about 30 minutes to prepare, and they taste great. The key to cooking them is using a slow cooker. If you don't want to use a slow cooker, you should preheat your oven to 350°F for 20 minutes. Then place your meat inside the range for 10 to 15 minutes.


We also use 94 percent lean ground turkey and don't recommend any higher than that, or the nachos might not hold together.


1 lb ground turkey, preferably dark meat or between 80-90% lean.


We recommend sticking with ground turkey that's about 93% lean or less — any leaner than that, and your nachos might fall apart.


I don't recommend using 99% lean because it tends to dry out.


Using 99% extra lean ground turkey breast, I add every spice in my cabinet to the mix, plus whole wheat bread crumbs and olive oil.


What Makes This Recipe So Great?

The wonderful thing about this dish is that you can use up any leftover turkey deli meat. Slices don't have to be uniformly thin. Fry the turkey pieces in oil till crisp and brown after tossing them in a mixture of corn flour, salt, pepper, and fajita seasoning.

Then, pull out the tortillas and load them up with a mountain of melted cheese, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos, and warmed black beans seasoned with a bit of garlicky passata.

Why did I choose this recipe?

Turkey Meat is delicious and healthy. This recipe has all the essential ingredients for a great meal - protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fat. All these nutrients help keep you full longer and boost your energy levels. Also, with fewer calories and fat, you'll feel fuller faster.

What do others think of These recipes?

Someone has shared her opinion on the internet that she made a couple of tweaks. Because she had no garlic cloves on hand, she substituted two tablespoons of garlic powder. Because she believed the meat would fall through the grill's grates, She chose to cook it in a skillet instead of on the grill. I gave them five minutes to fry on each side in oil before flipping them.

After that, She poured in enough water to cover the base of the skillet to prevent the meat from being scorched. She covered the skillet and continued to cook the meat for another 10–15 minutes on medium heat, turning it over once. Maintained the meat's natural moisture while ensuring it was cooked thoroughly enough to form cohesive patties. It came out with great flavor, and she will try this more.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Why is the turkey I bought so tough?

Typically, ground turkey is substituted for beef while making turkey meatballs. Ground turkey contains less moisture than beef, making cooking more challenging.

2. How do you thicken the turkey burger patty?

Bread crumbs can be used in place of flour if thickening is needed.

3. What went wrong with my turkey meatball patties?

The turkey meatballs you made are dry and crumbling. More breadcrumbs and eggs will solve this issue.

4. In what ways may turkey be made to retain its shape?

Add breadcrumbs, egg yolks, and milk to make them more sticky.

5. After cooking, how do you keep turkey meat moist?

They will keep for up to three days if appropriately sealed.


To make these tasty nachos, you only need some leftover turkey from the big day. Make a large quantity and share with loved ones at your next get-together, or save some for a quick and easy weeknight meal later on by freezing the extras. We're confident that you'll love this dish. If you decide to make it, please send pictures to your friends and family so they can see how delicious it is.

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