Turkey Taquitos- The Best Way To Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers!

If your family is anything like mine, there are lots of turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving. It isn’t like we didn’t eat a lot of it, as there is plenty of photographic evidence of over-stuffed tummies to prove otherwise. But I make a very large bird to ensure that we have plenty after our feast. This is a strategic move. If I didn’t make more turkey than necessary, how could we have turkey taquitos the day after Thanksgiving? That would be a travesty!

Easy and delicious way to finish your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

Turkey taquitos are probably tied for family favorite dinner with Yo Momma Romma Chicken and my easy Sausage, Potatoes, and Onion dinner. We have very diverse taste buds in my family. But while these dinners seem to have nothing in common, they actually share two important qualities- simple and quick.

Another plus for this dinner is that I usually use the dark meat that no one particularly wants on Thanksgiving. I shred it up and no one even notices. Waste not, want not, amirite?

Here is your quick, cheap, and simple solution to using those Thanskgiving turkey leftovers!

Ingredients:

Shredded turkey (dark or light meat)

Shredded cheese (I use mozzarella for mine because I love that mixture with turkey. However, I use Colby jack for everyone else.)

Corn tortillas

Vegetable oil

Salt

Desired toppings: lettuce, onions, sour cream, salsa, guacamole

Simple ingredients make these turkey taquitos an amazind dinner!
Shredding your own cheese is easy, and a great way to save money!

Procedure:

 

  • Reheat some of your turkey in an oven safe dish with a little of the broth to keep it from drying out, and add some extra flavor).
  • After heated through, pull turkey out and shred.
  • Coat the bottom of a nonstick pan with vegetable oil.

(I use a pan similar to this one. It can be very frus-

trating if you use the wrong pan! Trust me!)

  •   Heat pan at medium heat while you shred the cheese.
  • Check to make sure your corn tortillas are not stiff. If they are place about 5-7 tortillas in between a couple of paper towels, sprinkle some water on them, and microwave for about 10 seconds. You want the tortillas to be pliable but not tearing apart.
  • Lay the tortillas flat and place some turkey towards one end.
  • Sprinkle some cheese on top of the turkey. You may fill the tortilla as full as you would like, but remember you are going to be rolling them before you fry them.

    Turkey taquitos are an easy family pleasing dinner!
    Place the filling toward the edge of the corn tortilla.
  • Start at the end with the stuffing and roll the tortillas.
  • Place the tortillas in the hot grease very carefully, seam-side down. You should try to hold it for a moment to make sure the taquito does not unroll. You can use a spoon if you are nervous. (Tip- if they come unrolled you can just turn it into a taco. I had a few tacos last night.)
  • Only place three or four in the pan at a time to ensure even cooking.

    Turkey taquitos are great weeknight dinners!
    Huge tip- don’t overcrowd the pan!
  • Use two forks to flip the turkey taquitos after you notice the side in the oil is starting to get golden, about 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  • After all sides are golden, remove from pan and sprinkle with salt.
  • Serve with whichever sides you would like.

 

Extra tips-

If you do not have a lot of turkey left, sprinkle some corn, blackbeans, chopped onion and red pepper into the cheese and turkey mixture for some delicious southwestern style turkey taquitos!

Make a big batch and reheat for lunch or dinner the next day. You can nuke them in the microwave or heat them in the oven. My family has even been known to eat them cold for breakfast!

Let me know how they turn out!

 

 

 


Sausage, Potatoes, and Onion- Quick, Easy, and Cheap Go-To Dinner

quick, easy, cheap, dinner, sausage, saving time, saving money, saving sanityMy usual requirements for a favorite dinner include easy, cheap, and fast. I mean, I’ll cook other meals, but those three boxes need to be checked if it is a meal that I’m going to cook often.

Last night we returned home after evacuating for eight days and needed a quick, easy, and cheap meal. Hurricane Irma ravaged my area but we were extremely lucky. Other than minor damage, our house was standing and our family was safe together. We did, however, lose power for 5 days causing everything in our fridge and freezers (we have a deep freezer as well) to expire.

To complicate things, the stores within a close proximity were either still out of power or recovering from losing power. The stores my husband ventured into were full of people even if many shelves were empty. Dinner was going to be a slight challenge.

empty shelves, Hurricane, no power, quick dinner, easy dinner, cheap dinner
Some of the empty shelves after Hurricane Irma.

While he was searching the stores, I was scouring the pantry. I found that somehow we still had potatoes and a couple of onions. Right then he called to say that he found some of the Hillshire Farms sausage that we like on sale- three of them for five bucks. Score!

I knew what we were going to have for dinner and it checked all three boxes. And it is delicious. Perfect for our first home cooked meal after an extended time away.

We are a family of seven, so if you are a smaller family you can obviously use less of the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Beef smoked sausage (2 of them)
  • 6 large potatoes (I only had small potatoes and beggars can’t be choosers)
  • 1 large onion (again…you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit. Ignore my miniature onion.)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or grapeseed oil

Steps

  1. Slice up potatoes, onions, and sausage. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Place frying pan on stove and turn to medium high heat in order to preheat.
  4. Drizzle the oil into a glass pan.
  5. Add potatoes and onions.
  6. Toss with oil and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. 
  7. Place in oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, place sausage slices in the frying pan. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Let cook for 4 minutes and check for desired doneness on the side that is down. My kiddos think that anything slightly dark is burnt; my hubby and I like crispy edges. If you are cooking for a small army, like me, you will need to do batches.
  9. Drain sausage on napkins.
  10. Add sausage to potatoes and mix.
  11. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through (tender enough for a fork to pierce through without mushing the potato)
  12. Top with sour cream if desired and enjoy!!!

Hopefully your family will enjoy this dinner as much as mine does. What are some of your go-to dinners? Leave me ideas in the comments!