The Best 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 don’t necessarily go out of my way to eat things like turkey meatballs or turkey meatloaf on a regular basis.

But when it comes to tacos: Turkey Tacos are my first and only choice. They are ready in record time in a delicious, flavorful sauce so good you’ll never miss the beef.

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

Turkey Tacos - a photo of three tacos full of turkey meat and other garnish on a green plate on a green background - click photo for full written recipe

This recipe is adapted from an idea I saw in an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook. The idea is 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.

Turkey Tacos - a photo cooked ground turkey with a dark plastic spoon in a cast iron skillet on a bluish green background - click photo for full written recipe

Add all your favorite healthy toppings: Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, scallions whatever you love! Or cheese and sour cream – I won’t tell anyone.

Or if you’re counting your carbs, just wrap the turkey taco meat in lettuce! Paleo/Keto/Low-Carb perfection.

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4.17 from 6 votes

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 237 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning or 1 packet store-bought
  • 3 cloves garlic 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 flour tortillas


  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. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Divide filling evenly among tortillas and serve with healthy garnishes such as shredded lettuce, diced tomato and avocado, scallions, and cilantro leaves.

Recipe Notes

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste plus 1/2 cup water may be substituted for the tomato sauce.

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Healthy Cookbook.

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  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 :)

  3. 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.

  4. These do sound absolutely delicious! Perfect for mid-week meals.

  5. These were delicious. I forgot the onion but they still turned out great. My husband was super sceptical when he heard “turkey tacos” but after eating them he’s won over. These are great paired with corn and green chilies as a side cooked in the cast iron skillet, instead of the regular Mexican rice side.

  6. I made these tonight since ground turkey was on a great sale last week and they’re very good but do remind me of sloppy joes a bit. Sauce is a new interesting take on taco filling though. I made Spanish rice and had black beans on the side. 

  7. Tried making these last night and they turned out like a funky taco/sloppy joe/spaghetti meat sauce. Two things: First, I would cut the tomato sauce and oregano out entirely or at least in half. Second, I would add the garlic with the onion, then add the meat, then sprinkle on the taco seasoning. Adding the seasonings before the meat caused it to stick to the onions rather than the meat. There were bites that were super seasoned from the taco seasoning being clumped together and then bites that had little or no seasoning and tasted like spaghetti sauce. Very well could have been chef-error, but I would change the execution around if I made these again.

  8. I tried this recipe but swapped out the tomato sauce for about half a can of diced tomatoes, and added cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli pepper, and chipotle seasoning. It was delicious and I will definitely make it again!

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