Leftover turkey tostadas

Give your Thanksgiving leftovers a Tex-Mex twist.

Leftover turkey tostadas

The festive season beckons with its irresistible aromas and spices, a time when grand feasts are a tradition. But for smaller households, leftovers can quickly become a concern. This recipe aims to combat holiday food waste while offering a delicious and versatile solution.

Inspired by Eating Well, this recipe transforms leftover shredded turkey into a Tex-Mex favorite: tostadas. Made with homemade tostada shells from fresh corn tortillas, these tostadas offer a blank canvas for customization. Choose your favorite toppings to create a unique and satisfying meal that creatively utilizes leftover turkey.

Servings: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 1 to 2 small jalapeño peppers, diced (optional or per tolerance to spicy food)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups (about 12 ounces) cooked turkey, shredded
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Canola cooking spray
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1/4 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese blend, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan, cook tomatoes and jalapeños until soft over medium heat. 
  3. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and most of the liquid has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  4. Add turkey and cook until heated through about 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside. 
  5. Coat tortillas on both sides with the cooking spray. Divide the tortillas between 2 large baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until crisped and lightly brown, about 10 minutes. 
  6. In a small bowl, mash avocado. Stir in salsa, sour cream, and cilantro until combined. 
  7. To assemble tostadas, spread each tortilla with some of the avocado mixture. Top with the turkey mixture, lettuce, and cheese.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Total fat: 12 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 76 mg
  • Sodium: 645 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 30 g
  • Dietary fiber: 7 g
  • Total sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 33 g