Turkey Taco

Ingredients You Will Need

If you want leftovers, I highly recommend doubling the recipe.

  • Ground turkey: Most trays weigh around 1 – 1.3 lbs and that is fine. Extra-lean or lean meatworks.
  • Onion and garlic: They add a lot of flavors and are quick to chop.
  • Taco seasoning: The amount you use will define the level of spiciness. I used 2 tbsp and the meat was spicy but don’t forget other ingredients are quite neutral.
  • Tomato paste: You will need half a regular size 6 oz low sodium can. Ketchup would work too, just use less salt and sugar.

How to Make Turkey Tacos

Tip: Forgot to thaw the turkey and have Instant Pot? Defrost your meat first and then cook for tacos.

  • Saute onion and garlic first to make them fragrant. If you add meat at the same time, it will “boil” the veggies instead of frying them until fragrant. Need 3 minutes of your time here.
  • Cook ground turkey for approximately 10 minutes. You will have to break it into pieces, stir constantly and you will see meat juices that you don’t have to drain. Add taco seasoning in this step to season meat.
  • Make taco meat saucy with tomato paste and water and watch dry meat crumbles transform into glossy taco meat you can’t wait to eat.

Serving Ideas and Variations

Here are ways to serve ground turkey tacos (and taco meat!):

  • In small corn or whole wheat tortillas. Warm them up on a separate pan or in a microwave.
  • Make turkey taco lettuce wraps with Romaine lettuce, swiss chard leaves, or Boston lettuce.
  • Toppings we used: diced avocado, sliced in half grape tomatoes, diced red onion, and shredded lettuce.
  • With super-easy guacamole and Instant Pot refried beans.
  • Use saucy turkey taco meat and make a taco salad – add corn, beans, tortilla chips, and veggies.
  • Stir in with cooked pasta, veggies, and salsa for an easy turkey taco skillet.
  • Leftover brown rice or quinoa? Stir it in and make bowls with produce from your drawers. Sprinkle with cheese and I can assure you it will be glorious!