by Olena

Ground Turkey Tacos

by Olena

Ground Turkey Tacos are saucy, flavorful and oh so easy in 20 minutes. Your family will not miss the beef and ask to make them again and again. No dry turkey tacos here!

Ground Turkey Tacos

Ground Turkey Tacos

If you are looking for a 20 minute dinner idea, ground turkey tacos are IT. I know I am always looking. 🙂

Saucy turkey taco meat is quickly simmered with taco seasoning and tomato paste. No dry turkey tacos here. This is one of the easiest healthy dinners ever because all you literally need is a tray of ground turkey and simple pantry staples.

Saucy taco meat also calls for simple toppings and no extra sauce to make. Diced avocado, tomatoes, red onion and lettuce turned me into a taco making hero and you can be one too. 🙂

Ground Turkey Tacos served with diced avocado, tomatoes and red onion in corn tortilla

Ingredients You Will Need

If you want leftovers I highly recommend to double the recipe.

  • Ground turkey: Most trays weigh around 1 – 1.3 lbs and that’s fine. Extra lean or lean meat works.
  • Onion and garlic: They add a lot of flavor, are quick to chop and a staple in my Ukrainian kitchen.
  • Taco seasoning: Amount you use will define level of spiciness. I used 2 tbsp and 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.

turkey taco meat in while bowl garnished with cilantro and lime

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 same time, it will “boil” the veggies instead of frying them until fragrant. Need 3 minutes of your precious 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.

turkey tacos in corn tortillas garnished with lime, lettuce, avocado and onion

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.
  • 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 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!

turkey tacos in an open shell and assembled taco and a lime wedge on a side

How to Store, Reheat and Make a Freezer Meal

Fridge: Refrigerate leftover taco meat in a glass airtight container for up to 5 days. It keeps and reheats beautifully! To reheat, all you have to do is add it to a skillet with a splash of water and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Don’t forget to stir.

Freezer leftovers: Leftovers also freeze beautifully without freezer burns if stored properly. I love glass or these reusable silicone bags even more.

Instant Pot freezer meal: And last but not least but we turned turkey taco meat into a freezer meal in one of our Youtube videos. All you have to do is:

  • Add all ingredients, except water, swoosh them around and freeze.
  • Then cook from frozen on high pressure for 12 mins.
  • And then thicken with slurry.

That’s it! Detailed instructions how to do that are located in a recipe card below.

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Turkey Tacos

Ground Turkey Tacos are saucy, flavorful and oh so easy in 20 minutes. Your family will not miss the beef and ask to make them again and again!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 10 tacos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove or Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Low Fat
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning, low sodium
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 oz (1/2 can) tomato paste, low sodium
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Drop of any sugar like maple syrup or honey
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • Avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, red onion and lime, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add ground turkey, taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring and breaking into small pieces with spatula often.
  4. Add tomato sauce, water and a touch of sugar. Stir bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Warm up tortillas on another hot skillet to in a microwave.
  6. Serve hot in a corn tortilla with your favorite taco toppings like avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, red onion, lime and guacamole.

Make a Freezer Meal for Instant Pot

  1. Add all ingredients, except water, to a freezer bag – I like to use these reusable 1 gallon silicone bags.
  2. Swoosh things around to mix tomato paste with turkey to prevent burning.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Cook from frozen with 1/2 cup water on high pressure for 12 mins.
  5. Release pressure using Quick Release.
  6. Whisk 2 tbsp cold water with 2 tbsp cornstarch and add to Instant Pot.
  7. Press Saute, stir and cook until taco meat has thickened.

Notes

Refrigerate leftover taco meat in a glass airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. I love these reusable silicone bags for this purpose.

Reheat with a splash of water in a skillet by simmering on low heat for 5-10 minutes. Don’t forget to stir. You will have to thaw meat prior reheating: on a counter for 6-8 hours or in the fridge for 24 hours.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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