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The Best Ground Turkey Tacos

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These ground turkey tacos are simple, flavorful, and absolutely delicious. It will give you incredible flavor, but you won’t end up with dry meat. We promise no one will miss the beef!

Why These Are The Best Ground Turkey Tacos

We sometimes substitute ground beef for turkey in some of our favorite recipes, but I often find them to be a little flat. Because the health benefits outweigh the slightly inedible results, Ground Turkey Tacos were one recipe that didn’t hit just as well. I decided it was time to change that. The end result made me very, very happy. Not only are these the best ground turkey tacos I have ever eaten, they are the best tacos I have ever made. Then you know there is a winner.

I decided to add beef broth to enhance the flavor and mimic that “beefy” flavor. In addition, boom. The result is his one of the most incredibly flavorful tacos I’ve ever eaten. Here’s a simple and easy weeknight dinner recipe that you’ll refer to over and over again.

Close-up shot of ground turkey tacos on a serving plate

Ground Turkey Taco Ingredients:

  • ground turkey– I used lean turkey meat for these tacos. You don’t really need the extra fat because it adds moisture. However, you can use any fat content you prefer. Just drain the excess fat. Minced chicken is also very useful!
  • garlic– We use the freshest garlic possible! Substitute 1/2 tsp for garlic powder.
  • Olive oil– Any neutral oil will work here. Avocado oil is another oil that we use regularly.
  • Chili powder– Use your favorite chili powder, as this is a major flavor player in these tacos. The taste varies considerably from brand to brand.
  • ground cumin
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • salt
  • salsa verde– It doesn’t matter which brand you use, as this recipe only requires 1/2 cup and has so many seasonings. Got a cheap one. You can also use smooth salsa.
  • beef broth– Our favorite bouillon is the Better Than Bouillon brand. I always keep it on hand.
  • tortilla– We usually serve turkey tacos with a crispy shell, but you can use flour tacos if you prefer.
turkey taco ingredients

How to make ground turkey tacos:

  1. Heat a large frying pan. Add olive oil, ground turkey, garlic, and spices. Cook over medium heat until almost cooked, breaking up finely as you go.
  2. reduce heat. Add salsa verde, broth, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for another 5 minutes or so to allow the flavors to meld and most of the liquid to be absorbed.
  3. Serve ground turkey tacos Top your choice of taco shell with lettuce, tomato, avocado, onion and cheese.
Process shot of how to make ground beef tacos

Tips and Suggestions


  • Substitute chicken or tofu crumbles for ground turkey.
  • Use ground turkey for taco salad filling.
  • Substitute red salsa for salsa verde.
  • Use leftover nachos or add to quesadillas.

Ground Turkey Taco Topping Ideas:

  • fresh tomato
  • diced avocado
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cabbage
  • sliced ​​radish
  • grated cheese
  • fresh lime juice
  • fresh coriander
  • sliced ​​olives
  • diced green pepper
  • Guacamole
  • diced onion
  • salsa
  • plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • avocado lime crema

Warm up your taco shells!

For really delicious tacos, heat the taco shells before serving! Place the crispy taco shells on a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for 3-4 minutes or until crisp. If using flour tortillas, heat in a hot, dry skillet for 20-30 seconds on each side until well browned.

A serving platter of ground turkey tacos garnished with fresh lime and cilantro

Easier weekday dinner recipes:

ground turkey tacos

These ground turkey tacos are simple, flavorful, and absolutely delicious. It will give you incredible flavor, but you won’t end up with dry meat. We promise no one will miss the beef!

preparation timeTen minutes

cooking time7 minutes

total timetwenty two minutes

course: main course

cooking: Mexican

Serving: 6 serving

calorie: 122kcal

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 lb lean turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 tea spoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tea spoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tea spoon salt
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon Beef over bouillon paste

for serving

  • tortilla or taco shell
  • lettuce or shredded cabbage
  • shredded cheese
  • salsa
  • guacamole or avocado slices
  • sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • Heat a large skillet over medium to high heat and add the olive oil.

  • Add ground turkey, garlic, and spices. Using a wooden spoon or meat chopper, crush the turkey into small pieces. Continue baking until almost browned. This takes about 6 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium and add salsa verde, water and bouillon paste. Stir to combine, and simmer for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until fully cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed. Removed from heat.

  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings: tortilla or taco shell, lettuce, cabbage, shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa, diced tomatoes, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. fun!

calorie: 122kcal | | carbohydrates: 3g | | protein: 18g | | obesity: Fourg | | saturated fat: 1g | | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | | Monounsaturated fat: 2g | | Trans fat: 0.01g | | cholesterol: 42mg | | sodium: 197mg | | potassium: 301mg | | fiber: 1g | | sugar: 1g | | Vitamin A: 539IU | | Vitamin C: 1mg | | calcium: 15mg | | iron: 1mg

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Natalie Monson

I am a registered dietitian, mother of four, a food lover and a strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you’ll find delicious, fruit- and veg-rich recipes, tips to help your kids eat better and more intuitively, and tons of resources to feed your family.

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