Turkey Salsa Mac

Valerie Johnson


Yesterday I wanted something spicy and fairly easy. I also wanted to use the ground turkey that had been in my freezer. This is what I came came up with.

My husband and I like spicy food, so this hit the spot. The hot salsa was perfect.

Part of this recipe was adapted from a Rick Bayless recipe - Salsa Mac & Cheese.


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
30 Min


  • 3 c
    macaroni or pasta of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground turkey
  • 2 pkg
    taco seasoning mix
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 c
  • 16 oz
    hot salsa (or heat of your choice)
  • 4 c
    4 cheese mexican blend, shredded

How to Make Turkey Salsa Mac


  1. Cook pasta
  2. While pasta is cooking, put vegetable oil in skilled and brown ground turkey. When turkey is browned, mix in taco seasoning then add water. Simmer for 10 minutes
  3. While turkey mixture is simmering make a sauce: melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in flour and whisk until mixture turns golden brown (about 2 minutes). Add milk, continue to whisk constantly until mixture comes to full boil (about 4-5 minutes). Mixture will thicken.
  4. Stir salsa into the sauce, mix thoroughly, remove from heat. Combine pasta and salsa mixture; then mix with ground turkey.
  5. Spread half of meat mixture in a 3 quart baking dish, add salt if necessary. Spread half of cheese over meat mixture. Repeat with remaining meat and cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

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