Prep 45 mins
Cook 25 mins
My husband and I LOVE this recipe! So good--crunchy--so many great flavors--and fun to eat! Recipe adapted from Let's Eat In by Brooke Dojny and Melanie Barnard.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Taco Shells and Garnishes
- 12 taco shells
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce or 2 cups red leaf lettuce
- 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced scallion
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup black olives, sliced
- bottled hot sauce or taco sauce or salsa
- Heat the oil in a large skillet.
- Saute the onion and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes.
- Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring and breaking up the clumps of meat, until the meat has lost its pink color, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cumin and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the tomato sauce and water and simmer, partially covered, over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Raise the heat to medium, uncover the skillet, and simmer for 5 minutes more, or until mixture is quite thick but not dry.
- Stir in the crushed red pepper and cilantro and add salt to taste.
- While turkey mixture is cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and arrange taco shells on a baking sheet.
- Prepare grated cheese, lettuce, scallions, and olives and put them into individual bowls.
- When turkey mixture is almost done, heat taco shells in preheated oven for 5 minutes or so.
- When turkey mixture and taco shells are done, each person can spoon some turkey mixture into the bottom of the half-moon-shaped taco shells and add toppings of choice.
- Finish with a sprinkle of hot sauce, taco sauce or salsa.
- Note: Turkey filling can be made ahead and will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.
These tacos were so tasty, I actually prefer them to the beef ones. I used chicken broth instead of water because I read a similar recipe online that used it. I also added garlic powder. I topped with gr.onion olives, avocado, and lett, tom, and cheese. Wonderful!
I didn't use olives and substituted white onions for the toppings, everyone used their favorite hot sauce. This is an excellent filling for tacos.I wouldn't change a thing for the filling.