Fantastic Turkey Tacos

"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."
photo by ColoradoCooking photo by ColoradoCooking
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • 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.

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  1. I made as written but it was bland for our tastes, I added Mexican oregano, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Really good.
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  2. 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!
  3. 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.


  1. I made it again adding dried minced onion and cracked black pepper along with the other add ins I posted previously. Great mini taco salads. So good.



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