Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos

Marla Meridith

November 20, 2014



My Caribbean Carnival cruise last month inspired all sort of fresh & fun flavors! These tacos make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers and are a perfectly balanced family meal, with a Mexican twist!

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos | The perfect recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers! MarlaMeridith.com

On my cruise in the Western Caribbean I enjoyed so many regionally inspired flavors. Fresh Mexican food was everywhere. Cooking it up at home brings back memories of the seas! In this dish, fall & winter flavors pair perfectly with corn tortillas in these Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos | The perfect recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers! MarlaMeridith.com

Use Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, or cook up some boneless turkey breast which is what I did here.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos | The perfect recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers! MarlaMeridith.com

For the butternut squash, I cut, seeded, peeled & cut it into bite sized pieces. Then it was tossed with olive oil, sea salt, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, salt & pepper.

Lay it out on a sheet pan in a single layer & roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos | The perfect recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers! MarlaMeridith.com

Your house will smell holiday festive when the squash roasts. This dish is perfect for entertaining & for family meals. My kids & hubs loved it!

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos | The perfect recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers! MarlaMeridith.com

I hope you enjoy my pairing of Thanksgiving meets Mexico flair! For more cruise inspired recipes please follow my Pinterest board.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Tacos | The perfect recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers! MarlaMeridith.com

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This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

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28 Comments
  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 20:51h, 20 November

    I’ll be honest, some of the leftover posts get a big eye roll from me – boring, so much of the same stuff. But not these babies! Holy YUM! 🙂 Thanks for the taco love for my crock pot tacos! 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:12h, 21 November

      Hi Nicole, I agree ~ tried to get super creative but at the same time keeping it simple with these tacos. So glad you enjoy! Thanks for your great recipe too 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 21:04h, 20 November

    Marla these images are gorgeous! Like, I want to pin every single one, and in the coming days, plan to! It was hard to decide which one I wanted to pin first 🙂 And way to use up the leftovers – amen!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:11h, 21 November

      Thanks so much Averie!! Always appreciate your pin LOVE 🙂 have a great weekend!

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama}
    Posted at 03:30h, 21 November

    I cannot think of a better way to use Thanksgiving leftovers! I love how this isn’t heavy comfort food like so many T-day leftover recipes are. Perfect!!

  • Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    Posted at 05:36h, 21 November

    Good thing I ordered a huge turkey so we’ll be sure to have enough leftovers to make these! I love hearing about the inspiration from the cruise Marla. Yummy!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:07h, 21 November

      Thanks Katie! It’s really cool to share the fun with you guys!

      • Jane
        Posted at 18:22h, 25 November

        I have been mixing the squash and turkey with ELPASO TACO seasoning, then layering with burritos wraps then cheese,then squash mixture, then cheese again and backing at 350 for 30 minutes and everyone loves it

        • Marla
          Posted at 18:47h, 25 November

          I’m so happy to hear this! M

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 06:01h, 21 November

    Dinner perfection Marla! Love this!!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Posted at 06:01h, 21 November

    Brilliant! These look incredibly tasty.

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:02h, 21 November

    Fun tacos!

  • Teawench
    Posted at 06:23h, 21 November

    I love butternut squash but am tired of just roasting & mashing. This sounds delicious!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:41h, 21 November

      Awesome!! I’m so happy to hear I could inspire new ways to enjoy it! Have a great weekend!

  • Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog
    Posted at 06:44h, 21 November

    YUm!! Such a fun recipe, and the tacos look so festive !!

  • Jean (lemons and anchovies)
    Posted at 07:26h, 21 November

    I love your take on Thanksgiving leftovers. So festive!

  • Heather Christo
    Posted at 08:09h, 21 November

    These look amazing!!! I just mad leftover tacos this past weekend with turkey, but these are going on my list too!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    Posted at 09:47h, 21 November

    Such a perfect use for leftover turkey! Love these flavors!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 09:53h, 21 November

    These tacos are just so gorgeous, love the colors! Pinned!

  • naomi
    Posted at 10:05h, 21 November

    Great use of leftovers! I can totally get on board with this.

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    Posted at 11:33h, 21 November

    I am absolutely loving this Tex-Mex twist on Thanksgiving leftovers. What a fun take on a classic!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 13:03h, 21 November

    This is brilliant!! I love that you’re using leftover turkey in tacos!!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    Posted at 19:30h, 21 November

    What a great idea to make tacos with leftover turkey. . and love the addition of the roasted butternut squash! delish!!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
    Posted at 06:21h, 22 November

    What a fun cruise! Sounds like you got some great inspiration! Yum!

  • Shanna @ pineapple and coconut
    Posted at 14:22h, 22 November

    Yes, please!

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    Posted at 14:55h, 22 November

    Yes! Bring on the Thanksgiving leftovers. I think I like all the leftovers more than the actual meal itself. Tacos would be so simple– perfect for an easy meal after cooking for a week straight 🙂

  • Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious!
    Posted at 19:52h, 26 November

    What an amazingly creative and delicious looking way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! And, many thanks for linking to my carnitas tacos 🙂

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