Ground turkey seasoning in a small stone bowl.
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Ground Turkey Seasoning (2 Ways + How to Use It!)

Cheryl Malik
November 29, 2023
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Ground turkey seasoning that’s easy to make and home full of flavor… two ways! Whether you choose a classic garlic-black pepper steakhouse-style seasoning or a Mexican-inspired blend, this ground turkey seasoning recipe is cheaper and more delicious to make at home!

Ground turkey seasoning in a small stone bowl.

🧂What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Ground turkey seasoning is a simple and delicious pantry staple! You have two delicious types of seasonings for you to choose from, a delicious garlic-black pepper style or Mexican-inspired blend. Use the garlic-black pepper seasoning for a delicious stir fry meal that the whole family will love. The Mexican-inspired blend is perfect for tacos, taco bowls, or even burritos.
  • It’s so much cheaper and tastier than buying seasonings at the store! Store-bought seasonings are such an expensive item. Making your own reduces trips to the store, and keeps you in control of exactly what is going into your seasoning. No extra unnecessary additives, or hidden spices you don’t like. Make a big batch of both types, and store in airtight containers for up to 6 months. You’ll have delicious seasoning, ready to go whenever you need it!

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • Ground turkey seasoning is totally customizable! You can adjust the spices, adding more or less of certain spices depending on your flavor preferences.
  • Decrease the amount of dirty dishes in this recipe by mixing your seasoning in the jar you plan to store it in. Just close the lid, give it a couple shakes to combine, and you’re ready to begin cooking! No extra, unnecessary dishes to clean up?! Sign me up!
Ground turkey seasoning in a small stone bowl.

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Ground Turkey Seasoning (2 Ways + How to Use It!)

Two flavors of ground turkey seasoning, made much cheaper and totally customized to your palate!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Recipe Makes: 6 teaspoons
Approximate Cost: $0.50 ($0.09 per teaspoon)

Equipment

  • small mixing bowl
  • small spoon (or small whisk)
  • large non-stick skillet (optional, to cook ground turkey)
  • large wooden spoon (optional, to cook ground turkey)

Ingredients

For the Basic Garlic Turkey Seasoning (Makes 6 ¼ Teaspoons)

  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons onion powder

For the Taco-Style Turkey Seasoning (Makes 8 Teaspoons)

  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (more or less to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (more or less to taste)

For the Ground Turkey (Optional)

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • cup water
  • 2 tablespoons prepared seasoning of choice (made from either recipe above)

Instructions
 

For the Basic Garlic Turkey Seasoning

  • Add 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, 1 ¼ teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, 1 ¼ teaspoons granulated garlic, and 1 ¼ teaspoons onion powder to small mixing bowl. Stir spices together until well blended.
  • Transfer spice blend to airtight container and store in cool, dry place until ready to use.

For the Taco-Style Turkey Seasoning

  • Add 4 teaspoons chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper to small mixing bowl. Stir spices together until well blended.
  • Transfer spice blend to airtight container and store in cool, dry place until ready to use.

To Use the Ground Turkey Seasoning

  • Place large skillet on stovetop over medium heat. Add 1 pound ground turkey to skillet and cook, stirring often to break ground turkey into smaller pieces, 5 minutes or until turkey is crumbled and no longer pink.
  • Reduce heat under skillet to low. Add ⅔ cup water and 2 tablespoons prepared seasoning of choice and stir to incorporate.
  • Simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until most of liquid has been absorbed.
  • After liquid has been absorbed, remove skillet from heat and serve seasoned ground turkey as desired.

Notes

  • Most dry seasoning packets (like taco seasoning packets) recommend using 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of seasoning for every 1 pound of ground meat.
  • Storage: Store seasoning blends in airtight containers in a cool, dry place, like your spice cabinet or pantry. Spice blends will keep approximately 4 months, depending on the starting age of the spices you used.

Recipe costs provided are approximate. Actual cost per recipe & serving will vary by location, store, brand, etc. Approximate cost shown does not include costs for any optional ingredients.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 teaspoon basic garlic seasoning | Calories: 5kcal | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 17mg | Total Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.05g | Net Carbs: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used. To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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Recipe by Cheryl Malik

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