Turkey Taco Stew

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A white bowl containing Turkey Taco Stew topped with sour cream, cheese and scallions

It’s healthy. It’s hearty. It’s fast. And it’s the #1 most requested recipe for our weeknight dinner lineup. Turkey Taco Stew, you are the answer to this One-Ticket-to-Hot-Mess-City Mama’s prayers (well, you, and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc).

My mom made this recipe for my siblings and me for 15+ years, and it was one of the first creations I tackled all by my lonesome when I was in college and craving a home-cooked meal. Now, I make it on the weekly for my husband and super-hungry 14-month-old, who takes down the beans and ground turkey so long as the sour cream-to-stew ratio is a solid 1:1. #thatsmyboy

A white bowl of Turkey Taco Stew with small bowls of scallions and cheese

Turkey Taco Stew is a mashup between traditional chili and a Mexican mainstay that’s loaded with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, peppers and beans. This is actually one food you can feel free to indulge in, whether during hectic weeknights (it’s a “dump everything in one pot and forget about it” miracle) or casual weekends.

That is, if you opt out of my family’s favorite way to serve it: ladled over a bowl of tortilla chips and topped off with the works. The heat of the stew softens the tortilla chips, turning them into a welcome complement found at the bottom of your bowl.

Because taco-soaked tortilla chips + cheddar cheese = the ultimate dinner winner!

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Turkey Taco Stew

Nothing says Super Bowl quite like a large pot of Turkey Taco Stew. It’s a mashup between traditional chili and a Mexican mainstay that’s loaded with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, peppers and beans. 
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.75 from 4 votes
A white bowl containing Turkey Taco Stew topped with sour cream, cheese and scallions
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, small dice
  • 1 green pepper, small dice
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 (10-oz.) can pinto beans in chili sauce
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (1-oz.) envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-oz.) can tomato soup (undiluted)
  • 1 cup water
  • Tortilla chips, for serving (optional)
  • Sour cream, shredded cheese and sliced scallions, for serving (optional)


  • Place a large heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, and once it is warm, add the diced onions and peppers and cook, stirring, until the onions are transluscent, about 3 minutes. 
  • Add the ground turkey and using a spatula, break it apart into pieces and cook it until it is cooked through. 
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients, except for the optional toppings, then reduce the heat to low and simmer the stew until it is heated throughout. 
  • When ready to serve, crumble a handful of tortilla chips into a bowl then ladle in the stew and top it with sour cream, shredded cheese and sliced scallions (optional). 
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Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 396mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 115IU, Vitamin C: 17.3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg


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  1. 4 stars
    Me and my wife went camping yesterday, and we made this recipe. It was wonderful cooked in a dutch oven over a open fire. Going to try some of your other recipes. Thanks Darrell

    1. Hi Ann-Marie! I am not a nutritionist, so I do not provide the calorie counts for any of my recipes.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jen! The Turkey Taco Stew is indeed delicious, and I especially like that it has the healthier alternative of leaving off the garnishes, which are not surprisingly, my favorite part.