Leftover Turkey Tacos

Are you looking for a delicious recipe for your leftover thanksgiving turkey? Then this simple recipe is a great way to use up your thanksgiving leftovers in a delicious treat. So here you go our simple, delicious way for making the most of your holiday feast our leftover turkey tacos recipe with homemade taco seasoning.

Three tacos in a tray with shredded cheese in a pot beside. The tacos are filled with leftover turkey, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.

Leftover Turkey Taco Recipe

Who doesn’t love a quick recipe this easy recipe is the perfect way to use up your leftover from thanksgiving dinner. And what’s more it’s ready in just 15 minutes.

A hand holding a turkey taco with shredded lettuce above blurred other turkey tacos

You can combine it with traditional taco extra’s, sour cream, lime wedges and some refried black beans. Although why not try mixing it up and using up some extra cranberry sauce as it makes the turkey extra sweet.


As a family we are huge fans of tacos and Mexican food in general, sometimes like for this recipe we use a flour tortilla as they are easy to find in our local shop, however, I’ve also made these with corn tortillas and they make a great meal which reminds us of our trip to Mexico a few years ago. If you have some hard taco shells laying around they will also work well

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Don’t forget to check out all our leftover turkey recipes so that you can mix it up a little this year especially if you have lots of leftovers.

Our Homemade Taco Seasoning

We love our homemade seasonings and this is one that we can make as we go along. I use it in this and fajitas now as it’s so simple you’re just going to need

  • Paprika
  • Chili powder – my kids prefer medium heat for their spicy foods but you could use mild or hot chili powder too!
  • Cumin powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Brown Sugar
ingredients for turkey tacos in a stainless steel skillet

Mix all of that together and season the shredded meat in your skillet as you cook no need to marinade or rub before making.

Stirring leftover turkey meat in a skillet to make some delicious tacos for Boxing Day Lunch.

How to Shred Your Leftover Turkey

Take your turkey shred the meat! It used to be a real pain and then I followed this video for shredded turkey meat last year and it was so easy to do.

Don’t Throw The Turkey Carcass

One of the things that we ALWAYS do is save our turkey carcass and make some homemade turkey stock which is perfect for replacing chicken stock in soups, stews and casseroles over the winter and it’s so easy to make. Here’s the recipe for turkey stock that we’ve been using.

Turkey Tacos in a line on a table ready to serve.

How to Make Turkey Tacos with Leftovers

Hey Mom! So how do we cook these family favorites? Well, I’m glad you asked it’s ever so easy just follow the simple how-to-cook instructions below and let us know how you like them too!

Pinnable image for leftover Turkey Tacos the perfect way to use up leftover turkey at thanksgiving or Christmas.
Yield: Serves 4

Leftover Turkey Taco Recipe

Tacos on a stand made with leftover christmas turkey, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and cheese

A delicious and simple recipe ready in 15 minutes for leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey Tacos

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups leftover turkey, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • ½ cup chicken broth

For the tacos

  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced tomatoes


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Stir together the seasonings in a small bowl.
  3. Add the turkey, seasoning, lime juice, onion, diced tomatoes with chilies, and chicken broth to the skillet and stir to mix. ingredients for turkey tacos in a stainless steel skillet
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the liquid has been reduced and the onions are cooked through around 10 minutes.Shredded turkey mixed with onions and red peppers as well as homemade taco seasoning in a skillet pan.
  5. Serve the turkey on tortillas, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.Turkey Tacos served with shredded cheese and lettuce


This recipe works just as well with leftover chicken as with the turkey so can be used regularly as a mid-week dinner. Even shredded rotisserie chicken works well.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 783mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 8gSugar: 14gProtein: 31g

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