All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Recipe

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Cheesy Taco Max with a sprig of cilantro

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All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Recipe


Dinner Time Rush:

It’s 5 pm and you’re just now thinking about dinner.

But you’re short on time and on cash.

So you raid your pantry throw together an edible concoction.

It’s better than starving, right?

Try making this All-in-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Recipe.

Get dinner ready in a flash with these ingredients found right inside your very own pantry!

Just add shredded cheddar and a sprig of cilantro!



Drive-Thru or Pantry Raid?

Of course, I forgot to thaw out the frozen chicken breast that I meant to transfer from the freezer to

the fridge last night because I was catching up on the season finale of Game of Thrones.

I could hit up a drive-thru and waste away $40.

Or I can raid my pantry for on-hand staples that I the smart version of past-tense me have already

stocked up in anticipation for this dummy version of frantic future me.



Hamburger Helper Wannabe?

It’s an All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Wannabe (Whew! Say that 3 times fast!) to the rescue!

With 15 minutes and time to spare, just long enough for the apple, I popped into my mouth to

dissipate into oblivion.

That’s all it took to whip up a batch of this bad boy and finally put those hunger pangs to rest.

This was a recipe that I originally adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

I have tweaked it according to what we had on-hand in our pantry and our fridge at that particular time.

I did not want to waste another trip to the store and spend more money on more things that we did not need, so we used what we had instead and our bellies were just as satisfied. 

I also added more spices to cater to my husband’s palate. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as our family did too.


(Original recipe adapted by www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2013/01/homemade-cheeseburger-helper.html)


Cost Breakdown of the All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Meal:

Since I am all about living frugally, here is the true cost breakdown for this meal.

I am using this helpful guide to assume prices on Kroger’s website, only because I like their

the search feature that they have the best.

This meal serves a family of 4 and plenty for seconds and leftovers for meals during the week.

You can also freeze the leftovers and eat them later.

Just pop it in the microwave between 30 seconds – 1 minute per serving.

  • 1 tube (2 lbs.) frozen ground turkey (thawed) ————————-$2.49
  • ½ tsp. Salt ——————————————————————–on hand
  • ½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper———————————————–on hand
  • ½ tsp. Sugar——————————————————————-on hand
  • 1 tsp. Cumin——————————————————————-on hand
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper—————————————————— on hand
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder———————————————————–on hand
  • Olive oil Spray or 2 tbsp. Olive Oil—————————————on hand
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic in Olive Oil——————————————$1.99
  • ½ Chopped & Diced Red Onions——————————————–$0.45
  • 1 cup of beef or chicken broth/stock or 2 cubes bouillon & water—on hand
  • ½ cup of milk or heavy cream————————————————-$0.69 (1/2 gallon)
  • 2 jars of Mild Salsa————————————————————–$4 ($1.99 each)
  • 1 can of Black Bean————————————————————-$0.59
  • 2 Chopped & Diced fresh Roma Tomatoes———————————$0.56 ($0.28 each)
  • 1 Chopped and Diced Green Bell Pepper———————————–$0.79
  • 1 can Whole Kernel Golden Corn——————————————–$0.59
  • 1 box of Elbow Macaroni Noodles——————————————-$0.73
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese——————————$1.00
  • Optional: Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, to taste  (We like heat so I used a good 3 dashes of each spice)
  • 1 handful of chopped Green Onions (Scallions)————————-(on hand-we grow these)
  • Serve with a dollop of your favorite sour cream—————————$1.29

Total Cost of this Family-Sized Meal: $15.17, which is $3.79 per person to feed a family of 4 plus leftovers!

If you are a busy Mom or Dad who is tired, hungry, short on time and trying your darndest to save

some cash in your wallet this week, give this recipe a try.

Ingredients: Serves 8




  • On medium heat, spray skillet with olive oil or drizzle 2 tbsp. Olive Oil in your pan or skillet.


  • Add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes or until fragrant.


  • Add the thawed ground turkey and mix in dry spices (salt, black pepper, sugar, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder). Cook and brown the meat mixture for about 5-8 minutes depending on your heat or gauge when juices run clear and meat goes from a pink to grayish-brown color.


  • Add a box of elbow macaroni to the cooked meat mixture and stir well.


  • Then add the stock/broth to the mixture and continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes per the instructions on the pasta box.


  • Once pasta and meat are cooked, add the salsa, and the remaining veggies (red onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, black beans, corn) to your skillet and cook for another 5 minutes.


  • Add the milk/cream and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese mixture is melted and every morsel is well coated about 2-4 minutes.


  • Lastly, serve it up hot with your choice of hot sauce and/or a cool dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with fresh scallions, enjoy! 

Ok, you’ve got 1 night down and six more nights to go.

Need more quick dinner fixes, save yourself some cash, and try this recipe, it’s better than takeout.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner today!


Cheesy Taco Max with a sprig of cilantro

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