Turkey Chorizo

Chorizo is a go-to for eggs, beans and taquitos!

This Turkey Chorizo is a twist on the traditional Mexican chorizo, usually made with ground pork, and let’s face it, ground pork-parts with lots of flavor and lots of fat. Those of us who are taking care of our hearts and want keep our families healthy want to make healthy changes but don’t want to give up the foods that feed our soul. You could say “we want our chorizo and we want to eat it too!”

With this fabulous recipe, you don’t have to give up your beloved chorizo. You don’t have to give up flavor or spice, or anything nice! This chorizo is as delicious as it is healthy. We make ours with ground turkey. No one in our extended family of passionate chorizo lovers has noticed the difference. And I don’t think your family is going to notice the difference either. Don’t even tell them it’s made with turkey. Just cook it and scramble it up with some eggs, and make those killer huevo-con-chorizo burritos that you’re famous for! If you want to bump up your journey to a healthier life, make your burritos with whole wheat tortillas. This turkey chorizo makes a mean breakfast taco too. Just heat up your corn tortilla, add a couple of spoonfuls of frijoles, add the chorizo and garnish with shredded lettuce, tomato and a sprinkle of queso fresco. (Y con un cafecito con leche! Yummy!) Make your chorizo tostadas in very much the same way. Start with a nice base of mashed pinto or black beans to spread on the crispy tortilla, add the chorizo and top it off with your fresh shredded cabbage or lettuce. And let’s not forget a good plate of chilaquiles with chorizo! You can add eggs or just top them off with crumbled chorizo and queso fresco. And don’t forget the salsa! I like to cook up a whole pound of turkey chorizo and keep it in an airtight container in the refri for quick and delicious chorizo-based dishes during a hectic week. Comadre, this healthy home-made Mexican style turkey chorizo will take you home!

  1. In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix all the ingredients, except the vinegar, until well blended.
  2. Add the vinegar to the mixture and blend it in.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add a teaspoon of olive oil and cook chorizo for about 10 minutes or no longer pink.
easy Level | 20 minutes Total time | 180 Calories


  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 T New Mexican chile powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t Mexican oregano
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 T cider vinegar
  • 1 t chipotle chile powder
  • 1 t olive oil
  • t chiltepín or crushed red pepper (optional)

Nutrition Information:

Total fat: 9 g; Saturated fat: 2.5 g; Trans fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 65 mg; Sodium: 730 mg; Carbohydrates: 4 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 0 g; Protein: 23 g; Vitamin D: 0 mg; Calcium: 27 mg; Iron: 3 mg; Potassium: 94 mg