Southwestern Turkey

Look to sassy southwestern flavors and stuff this turkey with Slow Cooker Chorizo, Pecan and Cheddar Stuffing when you want to go above and beyond.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 15


whole turkey, (12 to 14 pounds), thawed if frozen
to 10 fresh sage leaves
cup butter or margarine
teaspoon chili powder
teaspoon ground cumin
to 2 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, (from 7-ounce can), finely chopped

  • 1 Heat oven to 325ºF.
  • 2 Starting at the back opening of the turkey, gently separate skin from turkey breast, using fingers. Place sage leaves under the skin.
  • 3 Make a stuffing, if desired, but do not cook. Stuff turkey just before roasting, not ahead of time. Fill neck cavity lightly with stuffing. Fasten neck skin to back of turkey with skewer. Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching. Fill body cavity lightly with stuffing. (Do not pack stuffing because it will expand during roasting.) Tuck drumsticks under band of skin at tail, or tie together with heavy string, then tie to tail.
  • 4 Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Heat butter, chili powder, cumin and chilies until butter is melted. Brush turkey with 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in the thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone. (Do not add water or cover turkey.)
  • 5 Roast uncovered 3 hours to 3 hours 45 minutes, brushing occasionally with remaining butter mixture. After roasting about 2 hours, place a tent of aluminum foil loosely over turkey when it begins to turn golden, and cut band of skin or remove tie holding drumsticks to allow inside of thighs to cook through.
  • 6 Turkey is done when thermometer reads 165ºF and drumsticks move easily when lifted or twisted. Thermometer placed in center of stuffing will read 165ºF. If a meat thermometer is not used, begin testing for doneness after about 2 hours 30 minutes. When turkey is done, place on warm platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Let stand about 15 minutes for easiest carving. Garnish with whole chilies and additional sage leaves if desired.
  • 7 While turkey is standing, skim fat from drippings. Pour just the drippings into 1-quart saucepan; heat to boiling. Serve with turkey. Cover and refrigerate any remaining turkey and stuffing separately.

Expert Tips

Remove the giblets and/or the neck from both the neck area and the cavity of the turkey before preparing and stuffing the bird.

A meat thermometer is the surest way to determine whether a turkey (or other meat cut) is done.

Nutrition Information


Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
190 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21 g
21 %
(Saturated Fat
8 g,
8 %
165 mg
165 %;
190 mg
190 %;
Total Carbohydrate
1 g
1 %
(Dietary Fiber
56 g
56 %
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
7 1/4 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.