Turkey Tacos Recipe

Turkey Tacos Recipe

This Turkey Tacos Recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday? It might sound like a basic dinner but there are a few tricks and tips that will help you make it more than just routine.

Along with our turkey tacos recipe, we have added our homemade Taco Seasoning recipe here, as well, and I think once you make your own you will be hooked.

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Ingredients for our Turkey Tacos Recipe:

  • Ground turkey
  • Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce or Cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Hard Shell or Soft Corn Tortilla shells

Ground turkey is healthy and easy to make:

I love to use ground turkey, even though I like beef tacos, because it tastes a bit lighter and it is healthier. The key to delicious turkey is not overcooking it. Cook just until done (165°) and then add the seasonings and water to finish cooking.

Make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning:

The beauty of making your own homemade taco seasonings mix is the ability to tweak it to make it your own. I make 2 versions – one spicy and one medium spicy. If you like it hot, just add more cayenne! If you are watching your sodium just omit the salt.

Most packaged mixes have a lot of salt and stabilizers in them. If you like to eat gluten-free this is a great mix for you. It can easily be doubled or tripled and stored in a glass jar.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix on spoons
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Ingredients

How to make Turkey Tacos:

Simple tips for making the best ground turkey tacos:

  • Cook the meat while you are chopping veggies to make it a quick meal. When using turkey, rather than beef, make sure to add water with your seasonings to give it added moisture, since turkey has little fat.
  • Add seasonings and water to the cooked meat, and taste to see if you want more flavor. Cook for another 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is reduced.
  • Dice the tomatoes small
  • Chop the lettuce or substitute shredded cabbage, with a squeeze of lime, in place of the lettuce to give the turkey tacos an extra crunch
  • Fill the bottom of hard shell tacos with a sprinkling of cheese before you bake the shells for 3-4 minutes. The melted cheese at the bottom of the shell helps prevent it from breaking while you are eating
  • Shred the cheese
  • Prep all vegetables
  • Don’t forget about add-ins: diced avocado, sour cream, salsa, onions, and hot sauce
  • Bake the shells if making hard shell tacos for 3-4 minutes
  • If using fresh corn tortillas just warm them briefly in a pan or wrapped in a damp paper towel and microwaved for 20 seconds
  • Fill with meat and then top with all of your favorite toppings
  • Put them on a large platter to let everyone serve themselves
Use only the freshest vegetables for tacos

Make ground turkey ahead to save time:

Fully cooked ground turkey is a great time saver. Make and freeze or keep tightly sealed in refrigerator for 3 days. This is a great way to have dinner ready in 15 minutes!

Turkey Tacos Recipe using soft shell tortillas

Soft shell fresh tortillas have great flavor. Just warm them up in a pan or on a griddle for about 1 minute. Alternately, wrap them in a damp paper towel and heat for 15-20 seconds in the microwave. You just want to warm and soften the tortillas slightly.

4 Soft Shell Turkey Tacos

Suggested Beverage Pairings:

As avid wine lovers, we believe wine is always a good choice. However, often we come across a dish that pairs better with a different beverage. Tacos are one of those exceptions – Beer and Margaritas are a perfect match.

  • Your favorite Mexican Beers are always a great pairing with Tacos. Our favorites include Tecate, Pacifico, Sol, Modelo Especial, and a Corona with lime.
  • Your favorite Margarita! Make a great classic margarita on the rocks or throw it in the blender and make a slush. Adding different flavors to your margarita’s can also be a fun way to serve them.

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Turkey Tacos Recipe

Turkey Tacos are easy, healthy and a great weeknight dinner. Also included is our homemade taco seasoning mix recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 tacos
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes – The Art of Food and Wine


  • 16 oz Ground Turkey (or ground beef), 80-85% lean
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning mix
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups lettuce, iceberg shredded
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Salsa, any brand
  • 10 Hardshell tacos


  • In a large saute pan add ground turkey and cook over medium heat until all pink coloring is gone. If there is excess oil, drain.
    Add water and taco seasoning mix and stir well to coat.
    Turn heat to medium-low and continue to cook until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Add more seasoning if desired.
  • Heat oven to 350°F, or according to directions on the box, for crisp shells.
  • Shred the cheese, chop the lettuce and cut the tomatoes into small dice. Set aside.
  • Fill each shell with a small sprinkling of cheese and put on a baking sheet. Heat in oven for about 4 minutes. Remove.
    Or slightly warm soft corn tortillas for soft tacos
  • Fill each taco shell with about 2 tablespoons of meat, 2 tablespoons of lettuce and top with shredded cheese, cilantro and tomatoes. Add salsa as desired. Serve.

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