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Leftover Turkey Tacos

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Need an idea for how to use up any leftover turkey? Try out these Turkey Tacos! A quick and tasty meal you can make in 30 minutes.



BBQ Turkey

  • 10 (1 tbsp) rice flour
  • 500g (3½ cups) cooked leftover turkey, shredded or chopped
  • 14g (1 tbsp) butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) BBQ sauce
  • 60ml (¼ cup) apple cider vinegar
  • 60ml (¼ cup) water

Turkey Tacos

  • 12 crunchy taco shells
  • 2 Little Gem lettuces, finely sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 avocados, peeled and chopped [optional]
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) sour cream
  • 120g (1 cup) Monterey Jack cheese (or cheese of your choice), grated
  • handful of cilantro (coriander)


  1. BBQ Turkey: Coat the shredded/chopped leftover turkey in the flour.
  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the turkey and cook for 5 minutes or until browned.
  3. Pour over the BBQ sauce and stir to get everything evenly coated. 
  4. Pour in the vinegar and water into the mix and stir until fully combined. 
  5. Reduce the heat to a medium low and simmer until the sauce has thickened, stirring frequently to prevent the sugar from the sauce from crystallizing. Remove from heat.
  6. Assembling the Turkey Tacos: Place one taco in your hand then fill it with lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado. 
  7. Spoon the BBQ Turkey over the top.
  8. Drizzle over sour cream and a squeeze of lime. 
  9. Sprinkle over the cheese and cilantro (coriander). 
  10. Repeat this process until all tacos are filled. Alternatively, place all the ingredients in separate bowls and allow guests to build their own tacos. This makes a great family meal, so have some fun! Enjoy!


  • We used rice flour to make this recipe truly gluten free, but you can use whichever flour you like. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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