4.8 from 10 votes
Ground Turkey Casserole
Ranchero Turkey Casserole | Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

A ground turkey casserole featuring a quick and easy Ranchero sauce with hot peppers and canned tomatoes, and topped with Monterrey Jack cheese.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ground Turkey Casserole
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 475 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 1 pound Rigatoni pasta
  • 3 tablespoons Canola oil separated
  • 1 pound 85/15 ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 4 jalapeños stem removed, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 2 cups freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and have ready a greased 9x13” casserole dish.
  2. Place a large pot of heavily salted water over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook to al dente according to package instructions. Strain and add to casserole dish.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large saute pan or Dutch oven and allow to come to temperature. Add turkey and taco seasoning, and break apart the meat, sautéing about 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the turkey from the pan using a slotted spoon and disperse evenly over pasta.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, followed by the diced onions and jalapeños. Saute for 6-8 minutes, or until softened. Add in the tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Stir to combine and carefully pour over the pasta and turkey.

  5. Add half of the cheese to the casserole and gently stir everything to combine. Scatter the remaining cheese across the top and bake, uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the casserole is hot all the way through. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Ranchero Turkey Casserole | Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 752mg33%
Potassium 691mg20%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 645IU13%
Vitamin C 18.5mg22%
Calcium 320mg32%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.