Yesterday I promised to show you something today that you can use up some of the leftover roast turkey in and here it is, a delicious Hot Turkey Taco Salad. It should be noted that you can also use freshly ground turkey as well, so you don't have to have leftover cooked turkey for this, but if you do, this is a really tasty way to use some of it up!
I really love Taco Salads. I think they are one of my most favourite kinds of main meal salads, and this one is really nice because it is served warm and not cold . . . kind of like a Turkey Taco Salad Casserole.
The turkey for this is heated through with a Taco Seasoning spice mixture and some other bits. (See my mix in the right hand side column for Taco seasoning.) If you can't make your own, feel free to use a store bought preparation. I like to make my own however.
Chopped onion and green pepper is added, along with some stock and tomato puree. I like to use the Super Cirio Tomato Puree. Its no secret I am a fan of their products. Their puree is nice and thick, a double concentrate, and has a lovely flavour. Not too acidic or tinny tasting as some are, and you can also get it in convenient little pots which each contain about 2 TBS, so there is no need to open up a whole tube, or tin or jar. Although they also make it in those sizes as well.
These work very well for me as there is no waste and I find that when I open larger jars or tins, I end up having to throw most of it away as it never gets used up in time. Now back to the salad.
Crushed tortilla chips go on the bottom of individual casserole dishes. (You can also use one larger dish if you want. I like the individual ones myself) Then you top the crushed tortilla chips with heated refried beans.
I like a spicy one, but you can use whichever brand you prefer. I think a bit of spice is nice. You top the beans with the hot turkey mixture and then grate cheese over top.
You then pop it under the grill (broiler) to melt the cheese. Top with some shredded lettuce and your favourite taco toppings and you have one very delicious light supper or lunch that the whole family will enjoy!
*Hot Turkey Taco Salad*Serves 4
1 pound of turkey (raw lean ground, or cubed cooked, about 2 cups of the cooked)
1 TBS tomato puree (tomato paste)4 small handfuls of salted tortilla crisps (chops)
I hope you will give this a try. I think its something you will really enjoy! I know we sure do! Bon Appetit!