Tastefood: A better take on those turkey leftovers

Turkey nachos

The holiday is behind us and now it's time to address the leftovers you're facing.

I can’t imagine a better way to use up those leftovers than to add them to a platter of nachos. Following the sit-down turkey holiday feast, it’s refreshing to make food that’s decidedly unfancy, unplated and, well, messy. This casual family-style nacho platter will do the trick.

While it appears to be heavy and loaded (it is), these nachos are relatively light and straightforward in ingredients, with just enough cheese to bind them, and a gargantuan mound of mashed avocados to brighten and refresh. I prefer to use dark turkey meat for extra flavor. It’s a great way to repurpose the little bits of meat salvaged from the turkey, reserving the larger pieces for the requisite sandwiches.

Turkey nachos

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


2 ripe avocados

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp.. salt, or to taste

1/4 tsp.. Mexican hot sauce

6 oz. tortilla chips

6 to 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated

1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely diced

1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

2 cups shredded turkey meat

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems

Freshly ground black pepper

Lime wedges for serving


Mash the avocados, lime juice, salt and hot sauce in a bowl until blended but still slightly chunky.

Preheat the oven broiler.

Spread half of the chips on a 1/4-sized rimmed baking sheet or a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Scatter about one-third of the cheese over the chips. Top with the remaining chips. Scatter the sliced white scallions, red pepper and jalapeno pepper over the chips, then top with the turkey. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the pan.

Transfer the nachos to the oven and broil about 5 inches below the heating element until the cheese is melted and the chips are tinged golden brown, about 4 minutes, rotating the pan as needed to ensure even cooking.

Remove from oven and scatter the sliced green scallions and cilantro over the nachos and garnish with black pepper. Serve immediately with the avocado and lime wedges.

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