Healthy Turkey Tacos

Healthy turkey tacos

Taco night = my favorite night of the week.  I always loved when we had taco night as a kid, although my sister refused to eat ground meat.  So, our options were always pretty simple.  Sometimes we would have shredded chicken instead of beef so that she would eat something, but there would always be lettuce, cheese and salsa.  Did I mention that she would eat tacos filled with only lettuce and cheese?  Weirdo : )

Healthy turkey tacos

Over the last few months, taco night has definitely made a comeback in our house – especially as it’s one of my husband’s favorite meals as well.  I absolutely love these pork tacos, but since mango is not in season I’ve had to look for other options.  I have played around with different recipes, and this is the one we keep coming back to.  In fact, I believe we’ve had these every single week for four weeks… and counting.  I love that these are more on the healthy side and we load them up with lots of different toppings.  I usually pair these with a tray of roasted veggies – so this is definitely a meal that we can feel good about eating.

Healthy turkey tacos

Do you see that taco stand in the picture?  That was a gift for my husband for Christmas (that I stole to take these photos).  Whenever we have tacos he complains constantly about how his tacos fall over, or open up too easily if we are using flour ones.  Every. Single. Time.  For the entire meal.  Problem solved.  We can now talk about something other than the fact that his tacos fell over when we have these.  Total win!

Healthy Turkey Tacos
Yield: 4 servings
For the filling:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey*
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
For serving:
  • 8 to 10 whole grain taco shells
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced avocado
  • freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • plain greek yogurt
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add in the chili powder, cumin, oregano and garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  2. Add the turkey to the skillet and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break the meat into smaller pieces as it cooks. The turkey should be cooked through but still slightly pink.
  3. Add in the tomato sauce, broth, vinegar and brown sugar. Mix to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 4 minutes, until the mixture has thickened. Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the chopped cilantro.
  4. Spoon the filling into the taco shells and then top with veggies, cheese and yogurt as desired.
*Do not substitute ground turkey breast (labeled 99% fat-free) - the filling will be very dry if you do.

Slightly adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook via Smells Like Home.


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  1. says

    Just want you to know how much I love your blog design – in fact I just contacted your designer! I’m in the market for a redesign soon. Plus your tacos look delicious too! :) Keep up the good work Ashley!

  2. says

    Taco night is by far my favorite night too! I don’t know how we’ve survived without that stand though – must track one down!

  3. says

    I need to incorporate taco night back into my life. I used to do it with friends a few years ago, but busy weeknights got in the way. Love that taco stand! And i’d take a healthier taco over a fatty one any day – I can eat more and feel slightly less guilty. :)

  4. Jenna Rae says

    I would fill tacos with only melted cheese, because I didn’t eat cold cheese either 😉 Poor mom. These look delicious even though I am still not into any kind of ground meat, but I have made progress :)

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