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Spicy Turkey Rice Bowl

This spicy turkey rice bowl with avocado crema is an easy and delicious weeknight dinner recipe.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 677kcal


  • Wide pot
  • Small pot with lid
  • Food processor


  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 3 bell peppers trimmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon adobo powder
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder plus more to taste
  • 1 orange juiced
  • ½ cup water or chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked white rice for serving

Avocado crema:

  • 1 jalapeño seeds removed if preferred
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt to taste


Brown the turkey:

  • Heat the neutral oil in a wide pot over medium high heat. Once hot, add the ground turkey and cook for 15 minutes until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl.

Cook the mushrooms:

  • Melt the butter into the pot and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes or until the mushrooms turn a deep golden brown. Season with salt and transfer the bowl with the turkey.

Cook the aromatics:

  • Add the onions to the pot and cook 5 minutes. Add the diced bell peppers and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Bloom the spices:

  • Add the chili powder, adobo, sweet and smoked paprika, and cayenne powder and toss to coat the onions and peppers in the spices. Cook for 45 seconds.

Finish the turkey:

  • Add the cooked turkey and mushrooms to the pot. Add the orange juice and toss to coat. Add the water and bring it to a boil. Once bubbly, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Prepare the avocado crema:

  • Combine all of the ingredients except the salt in a food processor. Blend until completely smooth. Taste and season with salt. Add water, if you prefer a thinner consistency.


Calories: 677kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Sodium: 205mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 150mg
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