Mexican Turkey Stuffing

Relleno de Pavo de Carne Molida

Thanksgiving and Christmas mean turkey. And, turkey needs stuffing. This recipe for Mexican Style turkey stuffing comes from my wife’s family which is originally from Tamaulipas a state in Northeast Mexico.

Mexican turkey stuffing is usually made with ground beef and pork and without any breadcrumbs. This is a stovetop stuffing. You don’t cook it in the oven with the bird. You can make it a day ahead of time and it will taste even better. Just reheat and serve. Provecho!

Homemade Mexican Turkey Stuffing

How to Make

This recipe is labor-intensive but easy to make. Make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand before starting.

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 7 ounces bacon
  • 3 hotdogs
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 red apples
  • 1 cup sliced green olives
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt + to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
Ingredients to Make Mexican Turkey Stuffing

Chop Everything First

First, you need to chop all of the ingredients as shown: Roughly chop the pecans, almonds, and prunes. Chop the onion, apple, and celery into 1/4″ pieces. Chop the hotdogs and bacon into 1/4″ pieces. Finely chop the garlic. Leave the raisins whole.

Ingredients to Make Mexican Turkey Dressing

Cooking

Over medium heat, fry the bacon until it starts to brown. (About 5 minutes)

Browning Bacon in Frying Pan

Add the chopped onions. Cook until they just start to brown. (About 5 minutes)

Browned Bacon and Onions in Frying Pan

Add the ground meats to the pan.

Ground Beef and Pork in Pan

Break up the meat with a spatula.

Ground Beef in Pan

Cook the meat until it is no longer pink then add the chopped hotdogs. In Northern Mexico, it is common to add chopped hotdogs. In other parts of the country, chorizo is preferred.

Adding Hotdogs to Ground Beef

Mix and cook for 5 minutes.

Ground Beef Pork Bacon and Hotdogs

Add the chopped celery and garlic.

Adding Celery and Garlic to Ground Beef

Mix and cook for 5 minutes.

Pan Cooking Stuffing Ingredients

Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pan. Mix well.

Adding Turkey Stuffing Ingredients to Pan

Cover your pan with aluminum foil or a lid. Cook for 15 minutes over medium heat. Remove the foil but don’t discard. Mix the stuffing well. Add 1/4 white wine or water if the stuffing is getting dry. Cover again with the lid or aluminum foil and cook for another 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and check the salt. Add more salt if needed.

Frying Pan Covered with Aluminum Foil

Looks good, doesn’t it?

Mexican Turkey Stuffing Closeup

Try this stuffing at your next holiday meal.

Homemade Mexican Turkey Stuffing Dressing

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Homemade Mexican Turkey Stuffing Dressing
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Mexican Turkey Stuffing (Dressing)

Taumalipas style Mexican turkey stuffing made with ground beef, pork, bacon, and hotdogs. A really delicious stovetop stuffing to accompany your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys.
 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef, pork, Thanksgiving, turkey dressing, turkey stuffing
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 426kcal
Author Douglas Cullen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 7 ozs. bacon
  • 3 hotdogs
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 4 large celery stalks
  • 2 large red apples
  • 1 cup sliced green olives
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt + to taste

Instructions

Prepping the Ingredients

  • Roughly chop the pecans, almonds, and prunes.
  • Chop the onion, apple, and celery into 1/4" pieces.
  • Chop the hotdogs and bacon into 1/4" pieces.
  • Finely chop the garlic. Leave the raisins whole.

Cooking

  • Over medium heat, fry the bacon until it starts to brown. (About 5 minutes)
  • Add the chopped onions. Cook until the onions until they just start to brown. (About 5 minutes)
  • Add the ground meats to the pan. Break up the meat with a spatula.
  • Cook the meat until it is no longer pink then add the chopped hotdogs. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped celery and garlic. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pan. Mix well.
  • Cover your pan with aluminum foil or a lid. Cook for 15 minutes over medium heat.
  • Remove the foil but don't discard. Mix the stuffing well. Add 1/4 white wine or water if the stuffing is getting dry.
  • Cover again with the lid or aluminum foil and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and check the salt. Add more salt if needed.

Notes

Equipment
  • Large frying pan or Dutch oven. 
Substitutions
  • You can substitute 6 ounces of chorizo for the hotdogs.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 286mg | Sugar: 18g

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4 comments… add one
  • jennifer rose`

    What is it with Mexicans and their infatuation with hot dogs? Not one of the Mexican cookbook stars ever mentions hot dogs, but they’re found in just about everything short of gelatina in Mexican home cooking.

    • Veronica

      We can say the same thing about whites and their infatuation with kale. Hot dogs are rarely used in everyday Mexican recipes (a holiday dish like this being the exception).

  • Angelica Maralason

    Can I stuffed the turkey with the fully cooked Mexican stuffing? I just think it’ll add taste but not sure whether or not i should

    • We have always cooked it separately and served it separately. You could add the fully cooked stuffing to the fully cooked turkey just as you are ready to serve at the table. That would make a really nice presentation. Cheers!

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