Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet

Hey hi hello. Me again, coming at ya with yet another ONE SKILLET dish. One that will most certainly knock your socks off– One Pan Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet.

Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like orzo or Mexican food? I combined the two today because they are honestly two of my favorite things at the moment. I’ve always loved Mexican food, but recently (in the last year or so) re-discovered my love for Orzo. And as you probably know by now, I also LOVE easy, simple meals. Make it one-pan– forgettaboutit!

Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet

This Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet is seriously good and super simple. It’s also amazing because it only requires about 25 minutes of your time and it’s one the entire family will love! Perfect for those hectic weeknights. Also perfect for meal prep because it keeps well in the fridge for up to 5 days, so you can enjoy throughout the week if you so desire. I hope you love!!!

Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet

Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet

Turkey Taco Orzo Skillet
  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 34 T olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeds removed and finely diced (you can sub bell pepper or jalapeño pepper if you don’t have poblano)
  • 115 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 c uncooked orzo
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 3 c chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Lime, for serving
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Salsa, for serving

Other topping ideas:

  • avocado
  • tortilla chips
  • sour cream (can sub Greek yogurt)
  • green onions
  • jalepenos


  1. heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add turkey and cook, breaking up with the back of your spoon until fully cooked. Add onion, garlic, and poblano pepper; cook another 3-4 minutes or so, until onion is translucent, pepper soft, and garlic fragrant.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in diced tomatoes, orzo, tomato paste, broth, and spices; stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently, until orzo is cooked and liquid has reduced.
  3. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.
  4. Serve in Bowls with toppings of choice! ENJOY!!
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  • Reply
    Kelley Leggett
    April 15, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Hello! My store is out of orzo. Can I substitute rice?

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      April 15, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Hi! Yes, you absolutely can!! The cook time might vary by a few minutes, so just keep an eye on it and keep stirring until cooked!

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