Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes

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One-pot Curried Ground Turkey—ground turkey sautéed with onions and garlic, then simmered with Indian seasonings, potatoes, tomatoes, and peas.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Ground turkey has to be one of my favorite meats to work with. It’s lean, takes to spices well, and is relatively inexpensive.

Brainstorming ideas for something that would use ground turkey, potatoes, and onions the other day we were inspired by a classical Indian dish called “Aloo Keema”.

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It’s made with minced meat (most often chicken, beef, or lamb), potatoes, and Indian spices like garam masala and turmeric.

Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes

Our ground turkey version was delightful, warmly spicy and satisfying. Made for great leftovers too. Feel free to play around with the spices.

If I didn’t have garam masala in my pantry I would have used some curry powder and maybe a little cardamom. Not that that’s a substitution, it’s just that the idea is not to complicate things too much, but to work with what you have, and note that “curry” is broadly defined.

Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can easily substitute ground chicken, beef or lamb for the ground turkey. The "curry" part of this recipe is flexible. Use your favorite curry powder, garam masala, or Indian spice mix.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Tbsp vegetable oil (or ghee or coconut oil)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (thigh meat if you can get it)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1-2 chopped fresh red chiles (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • A 1-inch piece of peeled ginger, grated fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala (or curry powder)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2-4 Roma or other plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) chopped cilantro or parsley

Method

1 Brown the ground turkey: Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large pot with a lid. When the oil is hot, add the ground turkey, spreading it out over the pan.

Try not to crowd the meat (you may need to cook in batches). Cook the meat without stirring, until it begins to brown.

2 Add onion and chiles: Add the chopped onion and chiles. Stir and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion begins to color a bit. Sprinkle salt over everything.

3 Add ginger and garlic: Add the grated ginger and garlic, mix well and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.

4 Add spices, water, potatoes, then simmer: Mix in the spices (garam masala, turmeric, cumin, coriander), water, and the potatoes. Stir to combine and cover. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

5 Add tomatoes and peas: When the potatoes are tender, add the diced tomatoes and peas. Mix well and cover the pot. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add salt, if needed, to taste.

6 Stir in chopped cilantro to serve: Right before you serve, mix in the chopped cilantro. Serve alone or with flatbread or white rice.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. M

    It’s good… tastes similar to many other Indian dishes I make, thanks to the spices. I only had one potato so I used a sweet potato for the second one and I actually liked it better than the white potato. Also I used a can of diced tomatoes and put them in with the potatoes. I think it helped the flavor. I will definitely make again!

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  2. John G.

    I made a mistake on the name of the recipe. I would like to know what type of fresh red chiles to use in this Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes? It is very confusing as there are so many different varieties of red chiles. Please be specific in the type that should be used. Thank You!

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  3. Laura

    The flavor was good, but maybe I just don’t like the texture of ground turkey. It didn’t do it for me. My whole family said it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good.

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  4. Natalie

    I wanted to do something different with ground turkey and I was feeling curry, so I Googled recipes and this one caught my interest. It turned out perfect. Actually, better than I imagined, even though I did not add ginger, nor did I add salt, but that is our household preference. I did add a bit of red pepper flakes instead of the chilies. I hope to keep this one as a new comfort food go to.

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  5. Harry

    Greetings from London. So tasty I am going to make this again. Potatoes needed an extra ten minutes of cooking time, and I added half a cup more water then the recipe states. So good and so healthy. Thanks

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