Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - Piper Cooks

Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet

Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet

This Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet is such a great dinner dish.  It came about one night when I wanted something kind of like chili, but not chili and also had some quinoa I wanted to use up. We ate this with my homemade tortillas and it was fantastic.

Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - PiperCooks

To make this dish, I first sautéed some onions until soft and then browned some ground turkey.  You could easily substitute ground beef here if you prefer.  I also added some garlic and a few diced bell peppers (these are just the colors I had on hand, use whichever ones you have or like), and then I added in half a can of pickled jalapenos.  I’m sure I bought them by accident one time, thinking they were diced green chilies, but they worked well in this recipe.  You could use some pre-diced green chilies or dice up a fresh jalapeno, or leave it out altogether if you prefer just a little bit of heat from the chili powder.


Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - PiperCooks

I added black beans to bulk it up a bit and some corn for a bit of texture.  (For a vegetarian dish, I would double up the beans in place of the turkey.)  And finally, I also cooked some quinoa while this was simmering and added that to it when plating.  I garnished mine with diced avocado, shredded cheese and some sour cream to balance the heat.  And I like to serve it with my baked tortilla chips, check my recipe here.  If you haven’t tried making your own yet, do it! So easy and so good!

This dinner is a nice weeknight option as well, with minimal chopping. I hope you enjoy it!


Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - PiperCooks

Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet – printable


Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - Healthy weeknight meal option, quick to get on the table. Recipe from @pipercooks | PiperCooks.com

Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author pipercooks


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ 7 oz can of pickled jalapeno diced, optional (adds a bit of heat. Could also use pre diced green chilies, or diced fresh jalapeno)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 14 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • Optional: diced avocado shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, for serving


  1. Sauté onion in oil, over medium about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add turkey, cook until brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add peppers, jalapenos and garlic, cook about 3 minutes.
  4. Add corn, beans, tomatoes and spices. Add water if needed. Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer about 25 minutes.
  5. Add quinoa and serve.
  6. Garnish with diced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, if desired.
Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - Healthy weeknight meal option, quick to get on the table. Recipe from @pipercooks | PiperCooks.com


Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet - PiperCooks.com


Check it out – this recipe has been linked at other websites.  Flour Me With Love, TwoCupTuesdayBunsInMyOven,TornadoughAlli, FoodieFriendsFriday, FoodFriDIY, The Pin Junkie, WeekendPotluck and SaucySaturdaysSugar and Spice  Visit these sites for even more recipes.

If you liked this recipe, check my sidebar to follow me by email, or click below to subscribe to have new recipe posts sent straight to your email address.

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook so you don’t miss new recipes!

Share photos of your creations using my recipes and hashtag them #pipercooks on Instagram or tag me there @checkforpulse I’d love to see them!

Enjoy your day!

Subscribe to Piper Cooks

9 thoughts on “Quinoa Ground Turkey Skillet”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *