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Turkey Tacos

Valerie Brunmeier
Lean ground turkey cooks in a saucy spice mixture to create these flavorful ground Turkey Tacos. A truly delicious way to lighten up taco night.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 476 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

Optional Toppings

  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 light sour cream
  • diced red onion, chopped tomato, shredded iceburg lettuce, cilantro, avocado, hot sauce

For the Tortillas

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil divided, or as needed (optional)
  • 12 5-inch corn/wheat or corn/flour blend tortillas (like La Tortilla Factory or Don Pancho)


  • Heat a medium non-stick skillet over MEDIUM heat, spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • When hot, add the ground turkey and onion and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, 5 minutes. Drain any excess grease and return the skillet to the heat.
  • Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring for a minute or two, or until the meat is well coated with the spices. Add tomato sauce and water and reduce heat under skillet to MEDIUM-LOW. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly reduced. Remove from heat.

Prepare the Tortillas

  • Add just enough of oil to a 10- to 12-inch skillet to lightly coat the bottom and place it over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. When the oil is hot (but not smoking) add a tortilla and cook it for about 30 to 60 seconds, or until golden brown and toasted. Flip and cook for another 30 to 60 seconds to toast the other side. Transfer the tortilla to a double layer of paper towels and blot any excess oil with additional paper towels. Repeat with remaining tortillas, adding additional oil as needed.
  • Alternately, skip the oil and toast your tortillas in a dry skillet over MEDIUM-HIGH heat for about 30 to 60 seconds per side, or until nicely toasted.


Nutrition information was calculated for 2 tacos each with 1 tablespoon of cheese and 1 tablespoon of light sour cream. Additional toppings may increase values.


Serving: 2tacosCalories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 36gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 768mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 619IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 234mgIron: 5mg
Keyword turkey taco meat, turkey tacos
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