Grilled Spicy Turkey with Black Bean Salsa

Wednesday July 22, 2009


We had this for dinner the other night and it was hit.   It was a touch spicy for the kids, I think I was a little too liberal with the cayenne.  Hubs clipped this recipe from the Food section of the Washington Post, May 29, 1996.

Grilled Spicy Turkey with Black Bean Salsa

  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 1.5 lb boneless tukey breast
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chili, seeded and minced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 cup corn kernels, cooked
  • 1/3 cup tomato, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, quartered

Preheat the grill.    In a small bowl, combine the spices and sprinkle half of the mixture over the turkey.  When the heat is medium to medium-hot, grill the the turkey, turning it once, during cooking.  It will take 15-20 minutes – a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part should read 160 degrees.  Remove from grill and let set while preparing the salsa.

In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, saute the the onion and jalapeno in the oil for 2-3 minutes or until the onion softens.  Add the black beans, corn, tomato, cilantro and remaining spice  mixture.  Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.

To serve, slice the turkey, top with the salsa and squeeze a lime wedge over each serving.

Serves 4.

Nutrition info (per serving): 312 calories, 30gm protein, 37 gm carbs, 5 gm fat, 44 mg cholesterol, 1 gm saturated fat, 580 mg sodium.

My Modifications

I didn’t have turkey breasts, so I just used the chicken breasts I had.  The thinner, the better.  Mine were less than .5 inches – if you do have the thick breasts, I suggest pounding them to flatten then.  I cooked mine on the George Foreman grill and because they were so small and it grills both sides simultaneously, it only took about 2-4 minutes tops.   I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes, so I used canned.  For corn – I love to use Trader Joe’s frozen grilled corn.

I serve mine with rice.


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