Tex Mex Loaded Baked Potatoes with Turkey and Lentils are a flavourful, healthy and fun meal idea the whole family will love any day of the week!
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Tex Mex Loaded Baked Potatoes with Turkey and Lentils

These baked potatoes loaded with ground turkey, lentils and your favourite tex mex toppings are protein-packed and delicious!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

Baked Potatoes

  • 6 medium-sized baker's potatoes (I used russet)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Lentils

  • ¾ cup whole green lentils
  • water

Turkey

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey extra lean
  • ¾ cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp crushed chili flakes (optional- add more for spicy)

Toppings

  • sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • green onions chopped
  • jalapeños seeded and chopped
  • cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • cilantro roughly chopped
  • guacamole
  • sour cream

Instructions

For the Potatoes

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash potatoes thoroughly and pat dry. Use a fork to poke 8 to 10 deep holes around each potato so moisture can escape during cooking. 

  2. Lightly coat each potato with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with salt. Place potatoes directly on a foil-lined baking sheet.

  3. Bake 50-60 minutes (turn once) or until skin feels crisp but soft inside when pierced with a knife.

For the Lentils

  1. While the potatoes are cooking, rinse lentils under cold water, drain and place in a medium-sized pot. Cover with about 2 inches of water. 

  2. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. 

  3. Drain and set aside until turkey is cooked.

For the Turkey

  1. Meanwhile, add olive oil to large frying pan or dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2 minutes.

  2. Add ground turkey, stirring and breaking up into small pieces with the back of a spoon. Cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic, salt and spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, coriander and chili flakes).

  3. Stir occasionally and continue to cook until turkey is no longer pink and liquid has reduced (thermometer should read at least 165º F). Turn off heat.

  4. Add cooked lentils and combine well.

To Assemble

  1. Slice the top of each potato and squeeze the ends so they open up.

  2. Spoon the hot turkey and lentil mixture inside.

  3. Add your favourite toppings.

Recipe Notes

Adjust seasoning depending on the toppings you choose. I went easy on the salt since I planned on adding cheese.

This recipe makes more turkey-lentil mixture than needed for 6 potatoes unless you want to pile it high. Store leftover portion in an airtight container for up to 3 days or pop into the freezer. Makes a good addition to soups, pasta, quesadillas and more.

Half a potato will be enough to feed younger kids and full-sized are a generous serving.