Leftover Turkey Fajitas

Leftover Turkey Fajitas

Roast turkey is a meal that we rarely eat, unless it’s a holiday. Although we generally like it on the first day, we have to get a little creative with our leftovers. This recipe, which works just well for chicken, is a welcome change to the usual “heat and eat” routine.


  • 10-16 ounces leftover turkey meat
  • zest and juice of 2 large limes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 small or medium onions
  • 3 bell peppers (one red, one orange or yellow, and one green)
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fajita-sized flour tortillas
  • Salsa, sour cream, refried beans, and/or guacamole to serve


Dice or shred the turkey meat into 3/4-inch strips, and place them into a large bowl. Add the lime zest, lime juice, sugar, oregano, cinnamon, and cayenne. Mix and set aside to marinate for 20-30 minutes.

Cut the onions in half and thinly slice them. Cut the peppers in half. Remove stems, cores, and seeds; then slice thinly into 1/2-inch wide strips.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the pepper and onions, and stir-fry them with a little salt and pepper for 3-4 minutes. Add the marinated turkey and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the turkey is heated through and begins to caramelize (or turn brown and crispy) on the outside.

Serve with tortillas, salsa, sour cream, refried beans, and/or guacamole once the turkey is heated through and the vegetables are soft and tender – but still juicy.


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