Turkey Nachos! Looking for something to make with those holiday leftovers other than soups and casseroles? You’ve found it!
This is an easy and fun way to use up that leftover turkey. The whole family will love this pile of tasty, cheesy goodness.
And this great meal happens super fast. So get ready to give your big bird a Mexican twist!
Everybody loves nachos, am I right? Crispy tortilla chips, cheese, toppings. And they’re fun to share. No wonder they’re on the appetizer menu at pretty much every single restaurant on the planet.
These turkey nachos can be your appetizer for a get together, but they’re also hearty enough for a meal. We bought some tacos from our favorite taco place to have with our nachos, but didn’t even need them!
This happens fast, so carve some meat off of that bird and let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Flavor Layering: One word: Unbeatable! The spices and seasonings meld perfectly with the shredded turkey. It’s like a little fiesta happening right on your plate. Each ingredient adds a different layer of flavor.
- Resourcefulness: Got turkey leftovers? This recipe is your ultimate solution! It creatively transforms your holiday extras into a brand new dish that feels entirely distinct from your traditional turkey dinner.
- Versatility: Whether you’re hosting a game day, a movie night, or simply want a quick and delicious dinner, this recipe has you covered. It’s casual yet impressive, satisfying both kids and adults alike.
- Quick and Easy: In about 20 minutes, you’ve got a dish that’s as visually appealing as it is tasty. Minimal effort for maximum reward!
- Customizable: The base recipe is fabulous, but you’re welcome to elevate it even further with your own customizations.
- Turkey – We shredded it, but you can cut it up however you like. You can also save this recipe and make it with leftover chicken.
- Seasonings – Oregano, cumin, chili powder, coriander powder, salt.
- Tortilla chips
- Toppings – Corn, black beans, cheddar cheese.
- Garnishings – Avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, salsa (we are using my homemade Pico de Gallo).
How to Make Leftover Turkey Nachos
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.
Heat a little oil in a skillet, then add turkey, seasonings and a few tablespoons of water. Stir and cook for a few minutes, until everything is warm and well mixed.
Lay your tortilla chips on a greased sheet pan, followed by turkey and other toppings.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven and add garishings.
See, I told you it was easy!
- As previously mentioned, this can be made with leftover chicken as well.
- Play with different cheeses. Some pepper jack would go great here.
- Try some additional garnishes like black olives or sour cream.
- Chip Quality: Not all tortilla chips are created equal. Go for a sturdy chip that can hold up to the weight of the toppings without getting soggy.
- Layering Strategy: For nacho perfection, consider layering in steps—chips, then turkey, then some cheese. Repeat. This way, you get all the good stuff in every bite, not just on the top layer.
- Oven Watch: Keep an eye out during the baking process. The goal is melty cheese and warm toppings, but overcooking can make your chips soggy.
- Serving Immediately: Nachos are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven to maintain that ideal combo of crunchy, cheesy, and spicy. Waiting too long might make the chips lose their crunch.
See, now aren’t you glad you cooked such a big bird? There’s so many creative ways to use up those leftovers, and this just may be the most fun! For more inspiration, checkout our favorite Leftover Turkey Recipes.
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Leftover Turkey Nachos, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp cooking oil
- 2 cups shredded turkey
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1.5 tsp cumin powder
- 1.5 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 12oz tortilla chips
- 1 cup corn kernels, canned or frozen
- 1 cup canned black beans, drained
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 1.5 cup salsa or pico de gallo
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Heat oil in a skillet, then add turkey, seasonings and a few tablespoons of water. Stir and cook for a few minutes, until everything is warm and well mixed.
- Lay your tortilla chips on a greased sheet pan, followed by turkey and other toppings: corn, beans and cheese.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven and add garnishes: avocado, jalapeño, cilantro and salsa.
- Not all tortilla chips are created equal. Go for a sturdy chip that can hold up to the weight of the toppings without getting soggy.
- Keep an eye out during the baking process. The goal is melty cheese and warm toppings, but overcooking can make your chips soggy.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 516Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 65mgSodium 1012mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 8gSugar 4gProtein 23g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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