Quick and Easy Spicy Turkey Muffins

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Today started out with the best of intentions. I planned to make a huge batch of turkey chili but then I was suddenly overcome with exhaustion… or laziness. You take your pick. Those things happen to the best of us. Hey, it’s the weekend and what better time to be overcome with laziness, right?

I will say that it didn’t happen until after leg day with 20 minutes of HIIT, a 2 mile dog walk, several loads of laundry, housecleaning, and a trip to the mall. If that’s not justified laziness, I don’t know what is. I set out to turn my turkey into something for dinner that was much more simple than chili. I modified a recipe that I found on Bodybuilding.com. The original recipe was relatively easy, but as usual I had to throw my own spin on it to make it even more simple.

Cook once, eat bunches of times with a variety of meals is my busy, single mom motto. I never said my motto rolled off the tongue or fit on a t-shirt. 😉 I baked a batch of turkey muffins that had a great spicy flavor to them. Not burn your mouth and look for water spicy, but a nice heat. I had them tonight for dinner but I have a lot leftover. Tomorrow I’m going to wrap a couple in a tortilla with pico di gallo. I also am going to try them as a sausage replacement with scrambled eggs.

Spicy-Turkey-MuffinsYou can also change up the flavor quite a bit by using different spices. I bet dill and lemon pepper instead of the chipotle would be wonderful with a bit of cucumber and yogurt dressing. They are quite portable too (unlike chili) and you can throw a couple into a sandwich baggie and carry them with you for a snack. It pays to be lazy every now and then when you end up with recipe ideas like this.

Spicy Turkey Muffins

  • 20 oz ground turkey (I used 93/7)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground mustard (the spice, not the squeeze kind)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 onion, diced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly. Divide evenly into 12 muffin cups. Each of my muffin cups was about 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes. Makes 12 muffins at 70 calories each.

I ate two with dinner tonight and they are really kid friendly too. It doesn’t get much easier than that. What flavor combination would you use? I’m always looking for new ways to spice up turkey.


  1. Spicy and turkey muffins…you are speaking to my heart!

    • I can’t believe how easy they were to make. I’m dying to try some other flavors too. Let me know what you think if you try them.

  2. Those muffins sound amazing – gonna have to try them.
    It sounds more like a well- deserved break than laziness!!!

    • I love how simple they were and the many ways to use them. They were a hit for breakfast too with eggs instead of the usual sausage.

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