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Turkey Habanero Marinara

A spicy and filling ground turkey dish with habanero chilis.



  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Sauté turkey, peppers, onion, and garlic with some dried basil, salt and pepper.
  3. When turkey is almost done, add fresh basil leaves torn in pieces and tomato sauce.
  4. Simmer for 20-40 minutes. Serve over pasta or rice.
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I love this version of meat sauce. It has less fat than ground beef. The habanero gives it a lot of kick which helps me feel full. Good left over too.
13 Feb 09 by member: k8yk
This is amazingly delicious, everyone who likes spicy food should try it. I cook for two so I halved everything EXCEPT the hot peppers. It was stellar.
22 Apr 09 by member: aery
Hello there! I am planning to prepare your recipe on Friday evening and would like to know if I should add 4 Habanero peppers and 4 Jalapeno peppers or do I add 2 of each to equal 4 peppers? Thank you!
14 Jan 10 by member: IrishGrandma
Tried the recipe using 2jalapenos and 2 habanero peppers. I will use 4 + 4 next time and serve it over whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Very tasty recipe~
25 Jan 10 by member: IrishGrandma
This is much like my sauce. I use Cento crushed tomatoes, it doubles the calories from 20 to 35 per 1/4 cup but slices the sodium from 360 mg to 20 mg per 1/4 cup, I also add a pinch of thyme, majoram and a bay leaf to the other ingredients.
21 Oct 10 by member: Nikita 007


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Nutrition summary:

There are 246 calories in 1 serving of Turkey Habanero Marinara.
Calorie break-down: 38% fat, 24% carbs, 38% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 98
Calories 246
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 10.94g 17%
  Saturated Fat 2.564g 13%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.702g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 2.56g  
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 724mg 30%
Potassium 512mg  
Total Carbohydrate 15.17g 5%
  Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
  Sugars 7.44g  
Protein 24.43g  
Vitamin A 46% Vitamin C 124%
Calcium 14% Iron 74%
of RDI*
(246 calories)
12% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (24%)
Fat (38%)
Protein (38%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories