Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos

If you have loads of leftover turkey and you’re not sure what to do with it, you can use turkey in your next taco recipe
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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos

Rosa Mexicano

If you have loads of leftover turkey and you’re not sure what to do with it, you can use turkey in your next taco recipe. Make a cranberry and tomatillo chutney (using your leftover cranberry sauce, of course) and you’ll have a hearty and delicious post-Thanksgiving lunch option.

Ingredients

For the salsa verde:

  • 1  Pound  green tomatillo, washed, roughly cut
  • jalapeños, stems removed
  • 1/2  Cup  white onion, chopped
  • whole peeled garlic clove
  • bunch cilantro, roots removed
  • Kosher salt, to taste

For the tomatillo-cranberry salsa:

  • 1  Cup  salsa verde
  • 2  Tablespoons  cranberry sauce
  • Kosher salt, to taste

For the turkey:

  • 1  Tablespoon  canola oil
  • 1/2  Cup  white onion, chopped
  • 1  Tablespoon  jalapeño, chopped
  • 1  Tablespoon  leftover turkey, shredded, white and dark meat
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Tortillas, for serving

Directions

For the salsa verde:

Place the roughly cut tomatillos, jalapeños, onions, garlic, and cilantro in a blender and blend until it becomes a textured salsa.

For the tomatillo-cranberry salsa:

Combine salsa verde with cranberry sauce. Season with salt and adjust ratios to taste.

For the turkey:

Heat the canola oil in a sauté pan. Cook the white onion and jalapeño until onion is translucent. A little brown color is ideal. Add shredded turkey, salt and pepper; brown to taste. To serve: Heat soft corn tortillas; fill with spicy turkey sauté and tomatillo cranberry salsa, plus any leftover Thanksgiving vegetables, such as roasted sweet potato, winter squash, greens or Brussels sprouts.

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