I’ve never been a fan of tacos, but that’s because I don’t eat beef. But substitute beef for ground turkey…and I’m all over these. I didn’t do anything special here but this is my version of good old regular tacos, but with turkey. Turkey is also a healthier alternative being it’s lean and has less fat than beef. But use whatever you’d like here! I’m also testing out some vegetarian taco recipes, hopefully I’ll be sharing that soon!
I love making these because they’re fast, perfect for a weeknight. You can make this even quicker by prepping some of your toppings (cut up some tomato and onions and store in the fridge). Buy the lettuce already shredded (because you can, and it will make your life that much easier!) The turkey takes minutes to prepare but you can even cook it beforehand, like I do, because girrrrrl I’m tired when I get home and I want as little prep possible. Store it in the fridge and reheat when you’re ready to eat. Oh before I forget. Taco seasoning! You can buy a packet of it at the store but if you already have all the spices in your pantry, it takes 5 seconds to make your own. And you can adjust how spicy you want it. Like with almost any recipe, there are no limits here. For my toppings, I like shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, green onions and some cheese. I have never liked sour cream or any of that and I like to keep this as healthy as I can. You can, of course, use whatever! Change up the spices and toppings to your favorites, you can’t really go wrong.
Don’t these make you want to be sitting outside on a summer night with a margarita? I can’t wait to do that when the weather warms up. On my imaginary patio. Hi Joe are you reading, build me a patio so I can sit outside and drink margaritas this summer. Okkkkk?!
So here’s what you’ll need-
– 1-1/2 lbs ground turkey
– 1 white onion, diced
– 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1/4 cup can crushed tomatoes
– hard or soft taco shells
– taco seasoning (see below)
– toppings- I used chopped tomato, sliced avocado, some shredded lettuce, a few green onions chopped and some shredded reduced fat Mexican blend cheese.
– 1 teaspoon chili powder
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/2 teaspoon paprika
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
– salt and pepper
Heat a large skillet with a little bit of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and keep stirring and breaking apart with a wooden spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the taco seasoning and crushed tomatoes, stir, cook another minute or so. I also added some fresh cilantro and the juice of half of a lime but not necessary, totally optional!
Bake the taco shells as directed on the package. Spoon some of the turkey into the shells and top with the toppings. I like to set this up on the counter like a taco bar, with all the toppings in little bowls so it’s easy! I also like to serve this with some Spanish style rice or some corn.