If you're looking for that taco flavor without the extra carbs...STOP YOUR SCROLL and enjoy this Mexican Turkey Casserole with Green Beans!
Let’s give this Mexican Turkey Casserole with Green Beans recipe a solid A+! I mean what’s better than a taco in a bowl??? Um...not much. Lots of different flavors, loaded with both green and pinto beans and we finished it off with some fire roasted tomatoes. WIN - WIN - WIN!
Ingredients to make Mexican Turkey Casserole with Green Beans
- Olive oil
- Green beans
- Ground turkey
- Chili powder
- Ground cumin
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chilies
- Pinto beans
- Cheddar cheese
- Blue corn tortilla chips
- Brown rice
Is Mexican Ground Turkey Casserole healthy?
One of the reasons I love this recipe is because there’s so many different ways to keep it healthy. The biggest one being we're using ground turkey in lieu of beef. You can also lose some (or all) of the cheese and easily add another vegetable if you wanted.
I also use blue corn tortillas to top this off. They are high in fiber, pack a decent amount of protein, have less starch and have a lower glycemic index. And they still taste GREAT in this recipe! See how much healthier blue corn tortilla chips are than yellow corn here.
Some key ingredients you’ll need
Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies - you'd seriously be missing out if you didn't use fire roasted with green chili tomatoes. If you're looking for a little unforgettable flavor, these are just the thing!
Pinto beans - what’s a Mexican casserole without beans? You can always use black beans, but Pinto beans have a creamier texture which goes great with here. Take it one step further and mash them up in the pan and you can thank me later!
Blue corn tortilla chips - keeping this turkey casserole on the healthier side is easy when you can use blue corn tortillas. They're healthier than regular tortilla chips and also add that much needed crunch.
The only question I have for you guys is...fork or spoon???
Other recipes you might like
If you like Mexican food, ground turkey AND blue corn tortilla chips...it would only make sense that you'd like my Ground Turkey Nachos with Blue Corn Tortillas. These Healthy Turkey Tacos are pretty legit too!
Tools I used in this recipe
Ok, so if you made this Mexican Turkey Casserole with Green Beans...would definitely appreciate if you leave a comment below and let me know what you thought! Always love hearing from you guys...and don't worry I'm an Italian from New Jersey...I got thick skin!
Mexican Turkey Casserole with Green Beans Recipe
- Large oven-safe pan or skillet
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1 cup green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 lbs ground turkey
- 15 oz diced tomatoes fire roasted with green chilies
- ½ can pinto beans
- 3 cups blue corn tortilla chips crushed
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp oregano
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in the oven-safe skillet. Add the onions and green beans. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the beans start to get a little soft and the onions are translucent. Once done, remove from the skillet, cover and set aside until later.
- Heat the remaining olive oil to the same skillet. Add the ground turkey and season with a little more salt. Cook, breaking apart occasionally, until browned.
- Add the seasoning and mix all together.
- Add the diced tomatoes and pinto beans and mix. Add back the cooked green beans too. Cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the crushed blue corn tortillas but do not mix. Then add the shredded cheddar cheese right on top.
- Take the oven-safe skillet and place right into the pre-heated oven. Be sure to remove anything that is not oven-safe (like a silicon handle). Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheddar melts. Serve hot in a bowl.
- This recipe makes about 6 servings, so if you're a family of 4 and you and your spouse generally go back for 2nds, you may want to double up on this recipe, just to be safe. We're a family of 4 and that's what we do and there are leftovers too!
- If you can't find any fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies, that's ok! You can always just try and find the fire roasted tomatoes and buy 1-2 green chilies separately, dice them up and add them in. You can also choose to leave the chilies out, or just use regular diced tomatoes too!
- When you're adding the tortilla chips in, just sprinkle them on top without mixing them all in. If you want to keep them crunchier, than it's important that you follow this step. If you don't care if they're a little softer, then you can definitely mix them all in with the rest of the ingredients after you add them in.