Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos with Spanish Rice Recipe

Ok….we had to really get creative in order to liven up the turkey leftovers.  We’ve been trying to come up with different ideas all week. Tomorrow we are trying Turkey Chili Con Carne (Chili Beans) with Jiffy corn bread. I had everything in my cabinet but the sour cream and guac, (which some people insisted on) and the corn tortillas.


Leftover Turkey Tacos with Spanish Rice


Turkey Tacos

Leftover turkey, shredded

Minced garlic

¼ Onion, diced

Taco seasoning (you could buy it or make it)*see recipe below*


Rice instant or leftover

½ can tomato sauce (I used a big can and froze the rest for later)

½ onion diced

Cilantro (fresh or dried)

Toppings (optional):


Sour Cream


Onion (the rest of the one we were cooking with), diced

Tomato, diced

Lettuce, chopped

I never realized how simple it was to make Spanish rice. I had it all within my reach too. We used leftover steamed white rice from our Turkey Sinagang dinner last night. Put in a cup of water, half a small can tomato sauce, a little sautéed onion, sautéed minced garlic, and cilantro (we used the dried herbs that she from her garden in New Mexico, but I would use fresh as well). We let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  I wanted to throw in some green bell pepper but we didn’t have one and my friend is not a fan of them. I’ll try it next time.

We mixed homemade taco seasoning* into a cup of water and threw it on the skillet with the already heating turkey, sautéed minced garlic and onions.

We chopped up some tomatoes, onions and cooked green chiles (you could substitute Rotel for the tomatoes and green chile as well) for toppings on our tacos. Adding sour cream and guacamole was optional.

We fried up corn tortillas for the taco wrap in oil for less than a minute each

All together it only took us about 20.


*My homemade taco seasoning (stuff I always have in my cabinet):

1 TBSP cumin

1TBSP of Chile powder  (I use powdered New Mexico red chile , but you can use any chile powder)

A  pinch of garlic powder

A  pinch of Adobo seasoning,


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