Two-Layer Leftover Turkey Tacos with Savory Blueberry Sauce

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Make Friday (after Thanksgiving) Tacos a thing, with this Two Layer Leftover Turkey Tacos with Savory Blueberry Sauce 

 

Turkey meat is tossed in a pan with bacon and mushrooms. Crunchy taco shells are wrapped with soft tortillas, topped with garlic aioli, turkey mix, and finished with a blueberry sauce that’s both a little sweet and little savory.

 

If you’re looking for a non-boring use of leftover turkey meat, this is it! 🦃

 

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NOTE: This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for photos and content.

 

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON LEFTOVER TURKEY TACOS

 

These turkey tacos were inspired by Evil Czech’s duck tacos. They are AMAZING! I hope their franchise is present in your town so you can judge it for yourself. If not, I’m coming to the rescue! OK, I made no duck tacos; this is a turkey season after all.

 

The EC restaurant serves their duck tacos topped with beer-batter fried mushrooms. I don’t want to spend all that effort in my kitchen, at least not for the leftovers.

 

In my – I like to think healthier – version, they are pan-fried. Since duck meat is fatty, but turkey is really dry, I added bacon (there goes my healthy version, lol).

 

They are topped with blueberry sauce, but you can use leftover cranberry sauce if that’s what is usually on your table. FYI, you will love the blueberries!

 

Four tacos lineup with turkey meat, mushrooms, bacon, and blueberry sauce.

 

THANKSGIVING TURKEY FAIL

 

We did have duck on our Thanksgiving table once, and I also managed to make turducken another year. Think of turducken as a creepy Mother Nature’s joke. It looks like turkey is pregnant with a duck that’s pregnant with a chicken.

 

That turducken took two whole days to prepare! In the end, the turducken slices looked impressive with all the layers. However, the flavor was kind of all over the place.

 

So, now that I scared you enough from ever making a turducken let’s go back to my tacos.

 

Not to brag, but I like my copycat Evil Czech’s taco recipe even better than original. They turned out sooo good! Here’s more good news: you can make them with leftover chicken too!!!

 

Three leftover turkey tacos with blueberry sweet and savory sauce.

 

WHAT’S IN TURKEY TACOS AND BLUEBERRY SAUCE?

 

For the turkey tacos, you will need:

 

  • Leftover turkey meat – dark meat tastes better and is less dry
  • Mushrooms – omit if you must
  • Bacon – everything is better with bacon!
  • Small soft tortillas
  • Crunchy taco shells
  • Mayonnaise
  • White wine
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper

 

Ingredients for the taco turkey filling

FOR THE TACO TURKEY FILLING

 

For the blueberry sauce you’ll need:

 

  • Blueberries
  • Shallot
  • Brown sugar
  • White wine
  • White wine vinegar
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil
  • Truffle oil – totally optional!

 

Ingredients for the savory blueberry sauce

FOR THE SAVORY BLUEBERRY SAUCE

 

HOW TO MAKE TACOS WITH LEFTOVER TURKEY MEAT?

 

*Details and the printable recipe are available at the bottom of this post.

 

  1. Make the aioli – Mix the mayo with wine, garlic powder, truffle oil if using, and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Make the turkey filling – Cook the bacon until crisp; remove from the pan. To the bacon grease, add sliced mushrooms. Sauté mushrooms for a few minutes, then add the turkey meat and reserved bacon pieces.

 

Steps to make the turkey filling for tacos

 

  3. Make the blueberry sauce – Crush berries with a fork and toss with brown sugar. Sauté the shallots in oil until translucent. Add berries, wine, and vinegar and cook for 8-10 minutes. Mix in the thyme, salt, and pepper; cook until the sauce thickens.

  4. Assemble tacos – Wrap the taco shells in tortillas. Spoon aioli over taco shells; add turkey mixture and top with blueberry sauce. Enjoy!

 

Steps to making the blueberry sauce

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE?

 

Yes, you can easily double or triple the ingredients. Note: this recipe serves two.  

 

CAN I USE FROZEN BLUEBERRIES FOR THE SAUCE?

 

Absolutely! Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as frozen fruit generally contains more liquid.

 

CAN I FREEZE THE SAVORY BLUEBERRY SAUCE?

 

I haven’t tried it myself because it only takes 10 minutes to make the sauce, but I don’t see why not. Or, to be safe, keep blueberries in the freezer. Use them instead of fresh (as mentioned in the above answer). It comes together quickly.

 

 CAN I FREEZE TURKEY TACOS LEFTOVERS?

 

I wouldn’t suggest freezing it assembled; however, you can freeze the turkey/bacon/mushroom mixture and have it handy for when you want a quick weeknight meal.

 

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RECIPE NOTES/TIPS:

 

  • You can use leftover or rotisserie chicken. Try with duck meat too!
  • Distilled white vinegar works fine too if you don’t have white wine vinegar. 
  • To speed up the process, use pre-sliced mushrooms. I like the whole ‘shrooms because I have better control over how clean they are. They’re easier to rinse when they’re whole and get less saturated with water.
  • To keep the tortillas from separating away from taco shells, you can either lightly smear them with some of the aioli, or run a cocktail pick through the top of the tortilla to hold it together.
  • These little turkey tacos are also perfect as party food or appetizers.

 

MORE RECIPES USING LEFTOVERS:

 

KICKASSEROLE -LEFTOVER CHEESY TURKEY CASSEROLE 

BUBBLE AND SQUEAK – LEFTOVER POTATO CAKES 

LEFTOVER CHEESEBURGER SALAD

GRENADIR – LEFTOVER POTATO AND PASTA  

 

 

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Delicious Thanksgiving turkey leftovers made into a taco, served with blueberry sauce.

 


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Two-Layer Leftover Turkey Tacos with Savory Blueberry Sauce

A perfect pairing of soft and crunchy, sweet and tart in these leftover turkey tacos will make you drool for more.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 small tacos
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups leftover chopped or shredded turkey meat best to use dark meat
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3-4 bacon strips chopped
  • 6 small soft tortillas
  • 6 small crunchy taco shells
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon truffle oil optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Blueberry Sauce

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 small shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix 1/2 cup mayo with 2 tablespoons white wine, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon truffle oil if using. Season the aioli with salt and pepper to taste and aside.
  • In a large skillet cook 3-4 chopped bacon strips over medium heat until cooked and crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving the fat.
  • In the same skillet sauté 2 cups sliced mushrooms in the bacon fat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the 2 cups of leftover turkey meat and cook until warmed through. Mix in bacon pieces.

Blueberry Sauce

  • Slightly crush 1 cup berries with a fork. Do not over-mash them. Toss the berries with 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; add one sliced shallot. Cook gently until shallots are translucent. Add 2 tablespoons of white wine and cook until reduced, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the berries to the pan and toss to combine with the shallots. Add 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar. Simmer the berries for 10 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer another 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • If the sauce is too dense, add water. If it's too thin, cook down to desired consistency. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • To serve, wrap the crunchy taco shell with a soft tortilla. Distribute aioli on the bottom of each taco shell until used up (about one tablespoon). Add the turkey/bacon/mushroom mixture evenly over the aioli. Drizzle with blueberry sauce. Enjoy!

RECIPE NOTES:

  • You can use leftover or rotisserie chicken. Try with duck meat too!
  • Distilled white vinegar works fine too if you don't have white wine vinegar. 
  • To speed up the process, use pre-sliced mushrooms. I like the whole 'shrooms because I have better control over how clean they are. They're easier to rinse when they're whole and get less saturated with water.
  • To keep the tortillas from separating away from taco shells, you can either lightly smear them with some of the aioli, or run a cocktail pick through the top of the tortilla to hold it together.
  • These little turkey tacos are also perfect as party food or appetizers.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Two-Layer Leftover Turkey Tacos with Savory Blueberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 268mg11%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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31 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jasna
    October 27, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Divan recept, ali fotke su ti FANTASTICNE!
    Ni ovdje se ne slavi ‘thanksgiving’, mada mislim da je u neku ruku lijepo imati takav praznik.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      October 27, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Hvala, Jasna! Jeste, svaki praznik je lijep narocito ako je asociran sa punom trpezom, haha! Have a great week:D

  2. Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    October 27, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Count me out on helping with the turducken, dang girl! Turkey tacos sound like more of my laid back style with little fussing. Love that blueberry sauce…

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      October 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Lol, I’m with you. I don’t know what I was thinking 🙂

  3. Reply
    Rina I Thee Cook
    October 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

    These look delicious!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      October 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you, Rina! So does your one pot chicken queso mac and cheese! I love easy recipes the best 🙂

  4. Reply
    Pinky
    October 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Yummy, these look delicious. Stopping by from the linkup.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      October 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping in! I enjoyed reading your post about Autumn and you. We agree on uggs, soccer, pie and Castle! 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  5. Reply
    Theresa @DearCreatives
    October 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Your recipe looks amazing. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing it at the party! Can’t wait to try them. Have a great rest of your week.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      October 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you, Theresa! Enjoy your day!

  6. Reply
    Mollie
    November 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing – and I’d rather have them than turducken anyday! I wasn’t familiar with the Evil Czech, but I loved the name and looked them up!~ What a fun menu. Thanks for sharing these on Throwback Thursday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      November 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

      I agree, such a fun menu. Especially when you can try all items during their brunch and lunch hours. Thanks for stopping in, Mollie! 😀

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    Helen Fern
    November 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

    These look great!! Thanks for sharing on the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner linky party!

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  11. Reply
    Katrin
    November 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Mmh, how cool, I love taccos and this is great to use all that leftover turkey. We eat more chicken, so it’ll be great to try it with that and I love that blueberry sauce, yum!! This is something even I should be able to handle!!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      I have made it with chicken leftovers too! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe but here it’s all about turkey for that holiday! 😀

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  13. Reply
    Kushigalu
    November 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    What a great wau to use turkey and the sauce sounds so delicious. A must try recipe

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 14, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, I hope you enjoy it!

  14. Reply
    edytahannas
    November 13, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I tested it with leftover chicken and it was amazing. I will be using this recipe for this year’s thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 14, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Glad you like it, Edyta! xx

  15. Reply
    geoffrey@spoonabilities.com
    November 13, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    This is the best left-over turkey recipe I’ve ever come across! I cannot wait for our Thanksgiving leftovers now!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 14, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Awe, I love reading that! Thanks so much. 😀

  16. Reply
    Shahzadi
    November 13, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Oh that blueberry sauce is a game changer! Lovely recipe!!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 14, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you, Shahzadi! 😀

  17. Reply
    Anita
    November 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    This is a great way to use leftover turkey. But the true winner is the sauce! I can eat it with everything.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 14, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      It sure is! Thank you, Anita! xx

  18. Reply
    Ron
    November 19, 2019 at 8:59 am

    What a great way to not have to feed the dog the leftover turkey. Seriously, Chloe-dog usually gets the white meat as we’re not fans. But, your leftover turkey taco might just deprive Chloe of a tad of her white meat.
    I had to jump over to Mr. Google to checkout Evil Czech’s place. They even make their own beer, now that’s my kind of place.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Awe, poor Chloe! I wish my dogs were still around to feed them the leftovers. But you’re absolutely right! This recipe is great for leftover turkey or chicken. It’s actually better with dark meat, so perhaps Chloe will still get her white meat. 😉
      Happy holidays!

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