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Leftover Turkey Tacos

Happy New Year! If you're still looking for inspiration for what to do with the never ending Christmas leftovers, then I've got the perfect recipe for you to add a bit of variety to the menu. My simple Leftover Turkey Tacos are tasty, quick to pull together and are a welcome change to the curries and casseroles that you've probably been living off the last week. Packed with spicy shredded meat, a tangy pico de gallo, smashed avocado and cheese, these tacos are a colourful Mexican delight!

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2), ready to eat in under 30 minutes


  • 2 portions of left over cooked turkey, roughly chopped (approx 200-250g)

  • 1 tsp chilli powder (use mild or hot to your taste)

  • 1 tsp garlic granules

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

  • 1 Lime

  • Cheese

  • Mini wraps (pack of 6)

Pico de Gallo & Smashed Avocado:

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 1/2 red onion

  • 1 lime

  • coriander

  • Sea salt

  • 1 avocado


  1. Make the dried taco mix by combining the chilli powder, garlic granules, oregano, smoked paprika, cumin and salt and pepper.

  2. Shred the turkey into chunks and add to a ziploc bag with the juice of 1/2 a lime and the dried taco mix. Shake the bag well until all the meat is coated and set aside for 15 minutes.

  3. While you're waiting, make the pico de gallo. Everyone does this slightly different, I like to make mine fairly citrusy; I finely chop 2 tomatoes, 1/2 a red onion, and a small bunch of coriander and mix with the juice of half a lime and a generous pinch of sea salt. You can make this up to a day in advance as it only gets better with sitting. If you make a larger batch it also makes a great dip for tortilla chips, and if you'd like to bring in a little heat, you can also add in a finely chopped jalapeño.

  4. Smash the avocado with a generous pinch of salt and the juice of the remaining 1/2 lime and set aside ready.

  5. Once the fifteen minutes are up, heat a frying pan on a medium high heat with a splash of rapeseed oil. Add the turkey to the pan and heat through, allowing the spices to cook out. Add a squeeze of lime to make sure the mixture isn't too dry.

  6. Grate some cheese, heat the wraps in the microwave following the packet instructions and you're ready to serve!

It's as simple as that! You can mix up the toppings to suit your tastes. And if you'd prefer something a little lighter, you could use the ingredients to make a taco salad bowl and take out the wraps. If you're looking for an extra side dish to run alongside these, check out my Chorizo Refried Beans. As ever if you give this one a try, please do let me know. I love hearing feedback and what ways you've changed the recipe to suit your own tastes. Don't forget to snap a picture and tag me on instagram or twitter. Happy Cooking!

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