Making the Perfect Thanksgiving Leftover – Tacos

Leftovers. It is definitely a top five reason people cook Thanksgiving dinner. And for me that means Thanksgiving Tacos.Yes, all the goodness of a Thanksgiving meal wrapped up in a corn tortilla.

a sample plate of thanksgiving dinner

yes I cooked all this.

Surprised I cook Thanksgiving, don’t be it is my fifth time and heck I even use my own homemade vegetable broth to baste the bird too . Yes, call up Michelin and have them put me on their watch list, I have some talent in the kitchen.

But it was just a few years ago when I first decided to try Thanksgiving tacos. I guess all my time Mexico influenced me in the kitchen too. And if there is one lesson I learned besides that everything goes well with salt and lime, it was that everything works in a taco too. And everything includes Thanksgiving leftovers.

How do I make them?

I sliced up the turkey (both white and dark meat) and sauteed it with butter, onions, garlic… the norm. Then I added some leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, and yams to the mix. One hearty scoop of each will suffice to make two hefty sized tacos.

Next I added fresh baby spinach to the sauté just at the end to warm. Some “green” was needed for color (and also to have at least one healthy ingredient). This year I used the spinach mainly because my string beans with crusted almonds and walnuts did not survive the Thursday gluttony.  But it was a great substitute and one I will probably incorporate next year.

After wrapping the sauteed goodness into a the corn tortilla I added a few “condiments.” First,I dripped in some cranberry sauce to add a touch of sweetness along with some more color.  I also added two optional items that probably Americanized my tacos some, but heck this is an American Holiday tradition. I used some grated sharp cheddar (a leftover from the appetizers) and some sour cream to finish (an ingredient I use in my mashed potatoes) to complete the tacos. And wa-la

Thanksgiving Tacos, the perfect Thanksgiving leftover

absolutely delicious

The outcome, Thanksgiving Tacos, was just as expected – delicious.  What did you do with your leftovers?

Stay adventurous (in the kitchen too), Craig

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  • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

    Thanksgiving & Tacos… Didn’t know those 2 would sound so well together.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Oh, and they do… stay trippin, Craig

  • http://twitter.com/AndiPerullo Andi Perullo, L.Ac.

    Brilliant idea!

  • Emjay

    I knew Maggie was a lucky girl… just didn’t know HOW lucky! :-)

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      I’ll cook something with Spam for you and Nano when I finally get to Hawaii… 😉

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Maryann

    Looks delicious. I wish I had leftovers. Maybe next year.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Leftovers are such an important part of the holiday… just had a bowl of Turkey soup today. My Mom taught me well. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Chairman

    How many could you eat in a sitting?

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Dave, nice… much less than the amount of stuffed shells… I was nearly full after 2, but powered down a third. so good. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Maria Falvey

    So simple, it’s simply the best idea… turkey taco!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It’s more than a turkey taco… it is all the tastes of thanksgiving… it’s so good. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    I’m impressed, Craig. I didn’t have turkey this year and this just made me want it more. Mmm…

  • Joshua

    Don’t make me hungry!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      They were so good, and will become a Thanksgiving left over staple. I really think you can make everything into a delicious taco.
      stay adventurous, Craig