Mexican-Inspired Ground Turkey and Spinach Stir-Fry

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What Started it all:
Ground turkey, Spinach, vinegar (apple cider, balsamic), wok

This delightful Mexican-inspired stir-fry combines the lean protein of ground turkey with the nutritious goodness of spinach, all brought together with a tangy kick from apple cider vinegar and the rich depth of balsamic vinegar. Perfect for a quick and healthy meal that serves four.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, washed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Prepare the Wok: Heat the olive oil in a wok over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the wok. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Cook the Turkey: Add the ground turkey to the wok. Break it up with a spatula and cook until it is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Season the Meat: Sprinkle in the ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine and let the spices cook for an additional minute to enhance their flavors.
  5. Add Spinach and Vinegars: Add the chopped spinach to the wok and stir to combine. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar. Continue to cook until the spinach is wilted and the flavors have melded, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Taste and Adjust: Taste the mixture and adjust seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or vinegar as needed.
  7. Serve: Spoon the stir-fry onto plates, garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, and serve with lime wedges on the side for an extra burst of freshness.

This Mexican-inspired ground turkey and spinach stir-fry is a wonderful blend of flavors and textures, offering a healthy and satisfying meal. Enjoy it with family or friends, and perhaps pair it with a side of warm tortillas or a fresh avocado salad for a complete dining experience. Bon appétit!

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