Ground Turkey Taco Stew

Ground Turkey Taco Stew

servings: 4 | calories: 532 | cooking time: 20 min | weight: 120 gr / oz
Category: dairy-free, dehydrated, dinners, gluten-free, lightweight, mexican, one-pot, paleo-friendly

nutrition info:

calories: 532, protein: 58.6 g, carbs: 31 g, fat: 19.4 g, sugars: 8.3 g, dietary fiber: 5.1 g, sodium: 944 mg

you'll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 kg lean turkey mince (2.2 lb)
2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 can black beans (400g/14oz), drained
1 can sweet corn (340g/12oz), drained
1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes (400g/14oz)
Salt, to taste
1 bunch fresh cilantro (coriander leaves), chopped
1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese powder (powdered). *For the Paleo version skip Cheddar cheese
1 handful corn chips (or tortilla chips), crumbled

at home:

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
Add onions and cook until soft and golden.

ground turkey taco stew step 1

Add the ground turkey and cook until fully brown. Transfer to a colander.

ground turkey taco stew step 2

Drain and then return to the saucepan.
Tip in red pepper, beans, sweet corn and Mexican seasoning.

ground turkey taco stew step 3

Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour in the diced tomatoes together with their juice and bring to a boil.

Add chooped cilantro and season to taste.
Reduce heat to low, put a lid on and leave to cook for a further 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat and cool thoroughly.
Spread the Ground Turkey Taco Stew on dehydrator trays covered with non-stick sheets or parchment paper.

Dehydrate at 63C/145F for 8-12 hours until brittle.
Let cool to room temperature.
Divide the dried meal into 4 equal portions (about 1 cup each) and pack them into separate zip lock bags.

on the trail:

To rehydrate 1 portion:

Pour the Ground Turkey Taco Stew mixture into a pot and add 1 cup water.
Place pot over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover, and let stand another for another 5-10 minutes to rehydrate meal completely.
To serve, stir in cheese powder and sprinkle with crumbled corn chips.


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  1. Caroline on March 3, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    If i Want to cook 4 month in advance for a trip. CAN i keep the good in plastique bag at room temperature or it’s an obligation to freez? I am scared with condensation post frezzing the dehydrated food will produce bacterium

    • Tanya Krezevska on March 4, 2023 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Caroline! Better keep in freezer. In order to avoid condensation, vacuum-seal the bags

  2. Robert Nolan on February 26, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Hi… you have the best dehydrator recipes on the internet! Do you recommend adding bread crumbs to the turkey mince for better rehydration? I’m planning on using some of your recipes on my next trip including this one and the trail chili which uses beef mince. Thank you!

    • Tanya Krezevska on February 28, 2023 at 9:42 am

      Thanks! Adding bread crumbs to the mince can help to rehydrate it faster/better. Due to some food restrictions I never put bread into mine dishes. However, it rehydrates fine also.

  3. Julie on January 22, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Do you think it will rehydrate on the trail okay without the cooking on stove for 5 mins? We don’t do any cooking on our backpack trips. Only rehydrating. Love your site.

    • Tanya Krezevska on January 24, 2023 at 12:11 pm

      Sure, but you have to start the rehydration 6-8 hours before your dinner or breakfast

  4. Sue hiker on May 31, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Is the nutritional info per serving or for all 4 servings?

    • Tanya Krezevska on June 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Nutritional info shown in recipe is per portion.

  5. Natalie on April 13, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Hello, how long will this last for?

    • Tanya Krezevska on April 14, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Hi Natalie! It can last years, if dried and stored properly. For best result, pack it into vacuum-sealed bag and keep in the freezer.

  6. Lauren on August 12, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Is 1 cup of the dehydrated mixture equal to 4 servings?

    • Tanya Krezevska on August 12, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Lauren! 1 cup of dehydrated mixture equal to 1 portion.

  7. Uplift Adventures on July 10, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I love this recipe for my guided trips.

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