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


  • 1Cook pasta
  • 2While 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
  • 3While 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.
  • 4Stir salsa into the sauce, mix thoroughly, remove from heat. Combine pasta and salsa mixture; then mix with ground turkey.
  • 5Spread 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.
  • 6Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

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About Turkey Salsa Mac

Course/Dish: Turkey, Salsas