Healthy Turkey Tacos

I make these healthy Turkey Tacos every single week! They are so delicious and flavorful, everyone loves them, and they’re ready in 15 minutes.

I make these healthy Turkey Tacos every single week! They are so delicious and flavorful, everyone loves them, and they're ready in 15 minutes.

Friday night is Taco Night in our house, and ever since I started making these turkey tacos, I haven’t stopped.

I make these healthy Turkey Tacos every single week! They are so delicious and flavorful, everyone loves them, and they're ready in 15 minutes.

The strange thing is, I don’t necessarily eat things like turkey meatballs or turkey meatloaf, at least not on purpose. Let’s just say they are never my first choice.

But when it comes to tacos: Turkey Tacos are my first and ONLY choice. They are really just that spectacular.

I absolutely insist that you try them. You just have to. You are going to LOVE THEM.

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This recipe is adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen idea to create a sauce for the meat rather than simply adding powdered seasonings and water.

Trader Joe’s also suggests a similar idea by recommending you add a can of tomato sauce when you cook with their taco seasoning.

The results are spectacular and oh-so-easy. I like to use my own Homemade Taco Seasoning, but one packet of store-bought will also work.

Add all your favorite healthy toppings: Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, scallions whatever you love! Or cheese and sour cream – I won’t tell anyone. Whenever I’m following a crazy diet, I just wrap this turkey taco meat in lettuce leaves. Perfection.

Jim’s Junk Food Tip (courtesy of my husband): Combine turkey taco meat and shredded cheese in a bowl. Mix. Eat with tortilla chips.

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Healthy Turkey Tacos

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 3 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Total Time: 15 min

I make these healthy Turkey Tacos every single week! They are so delicious and flavorful, everyone loves them, and they're ready in 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 2 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet store-bought
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Corn tortillas or taco shells

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add taco seasoning, garlic, and oregano, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost cooked through but still slightly pink, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 4 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Divide filling evenly among tortillas and serve with healthy garnishes such as shredded lettuce, diced tomato and avocado, scallions, and cilantro leaves.
Notes:
  1. 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste plus 1/2 cup water may be substituted for the tomato sauce.

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6 comments

  1. Hhhmmmm…. Turkey tacos? I never thought I’d utter those two words in the same sentence! But I must admit, I think you convinced me to give them a try. The do look delicious! 

    • I hope you do, because I too shun ground turkey foods! LOL! Except for these. This is my one exception, and they are really good. You may have to get over the mental block of “I’m eating ground turkey” but if you can just take one bite, I think you’ll be convinced. :D

  2. I do like turkey tacos and yours look and sound amazing.  I also don’t choose turkey as my first choice for meatloaf!  Too dry in my opinion.  I like your husbands junk food tip, something my husband would totally do :)

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  4. great recipe! only thing i would’ve left out is the tomato sauce cause it taste like sloppy joes with it. Next time I’ll just do the taco seasoning and maybe add a little cumin and chili powder to taste. Also if you’re on paleo diet try hearts of romaine or butter lettuce instead of tortillas, very delicious!!

    • Hey Thomas, sorry you didn’t love the tomato sauce. For whatever reason it works for me, but yeah, SO easy to leave it out! I’ve eaten this turkey meat on butter lettuce a zillion times, it’s so good! So good. Good call. Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Take care.

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