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Easy Ground Turkey Tostadas Recipe

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These healthy ground turkey tostadas are loaded with flavor and ready in just 20 minutes, making them a perfect weeknight dinner. Crunchy tostada shells are topped with a layer of refried beans, turkey taco meat, queso fresco, and pickled red onions for a meal that’s made with just 5 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes.

If you love tostadas as much as we do (they are truly one of my kid’s favorite dinners!), be sure to try our black bean tostadas, summer veggie tostadas, or ground beef tostadas next time.

Three ground turkey tostadas on marble with pickled onions

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What You’ll Love About Turkey Tostadas

  • Easy and healthy dinner
  • Delicious flavors
  • Easy to customize for family members
  • Just 5 minutes prep time
  • Just 15 minutes cook time
  • Made with just 8 basic ingredients

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  • Ground turkey – Look for ground turkey that is lean, but not 99% fat-free as it just dries out.
  • Zucchini – I’ve used a green zucchini, but you could also use a yellow summer squash.
  • Spinach – I’ve used chopped baby spinach, but any green that wilts quickly will work. If you use something a little thicker than spinach, like kale or chard, put it in a few minutes earlier.
  • Taco seasoning – Use your favorite taco seasoning packet. I love the flavor and ingredients in this one.
  • Beans – I used canned refried beans to keep it simple, but my homemade refried black beans would be fantastic (and my first choice if I have them on-hand).
  • Tostada shells – Look for crunch taco shells that are round and flat. Some of them will come ready-to-eat in a large bag, but others need to be baked for a few minutes like crunchy taco shells.
  • Cheese – I recommend something with big flavor like queso fresco (which you can find at most grocery stores!), but you could also use a shredded sharp cheddar if you prefer.
  • Pickled red onions – These give the tostadas an acidic bite you won’t want to miss. You can make a whole brine for the pickled onions, but I cut them up, put them in a small jar and cover with white vinegar. Store in fridge and put on anything that needs a little acidity.
Ingredients to make turkey taco tostadas recipe

How to Make Ground Turkey Tostadas

This is an overview on how to make easy ground turkey tostadas, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Brown turkey and veggies. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add zucchini. Cook until soft. Add turkey and cook until almost cooked through.
Season turkey taco meat. Add taco seasoning and water to skillet and stir to combine. Simmer until thickened and stir in spinach.
Turkey tostada meat with veggies in pan
Prep toppings. While turkey taco meat is cooking, heat refried beans and put out toppings.
Assemble tostadas. Spread tostada shell with a layer of refried beans. Top with turkey taco meat, cheese, and pickled onions. Eat!
Three turkey tostadas with pickled red onions

Storage Instructions

Store crispy turkey tostada components in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat turkey taco meat in the microwave or a hot skillet until heated through.

Can you freeze turkey taco meat?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze the taco meat. Store in a freezer bag or container (stasher bags are great) for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

What to Serve with Ground Turkey Tostadas

Serve this easy ground turkey tostadas recipe with a simple side dish:

Three turkey tostadas with cheese

How to Feed Turkey Tostada Recipe to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving the tostadas family style and let everyone build their own. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like refried beans, fruit, or cheese quesadillas. They may only put one or two toppings on their tostada – or they may eat everything deconstructed and that’s totally ok. 🙂

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Three ground turkey tostadas on marble with pickled onions

Easy Ground Turkey Tostadas Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (2 tostadas per serving) 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
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These ground turkey tostadas are a nutritious and delicious dinner that comes together with just 5 basic ingredients plus a few pantry staples.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 cans refried beans
  • 8 tostada shells
  • 1 oz. Queso fresco
  • pickled red onions


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini to skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes until just soft. Add ground turkey and cook 3-4 minutes, until almost cooked through. Add taco seasoning to skillet with water and mix everything well. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated and mixture has thickened. Stir in spinach until it wilts and remove from heat.
  2. While the turkey is cooking, prep other ingredients: heat beans in the microwave or stovetop and shred cheese.
  3. Spread a layer of beans onto the tostada shell and top with turkey taco meat, cheese, and pickled red onions.

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