The Best Ground Turkey Tacos

These tacos are the best ground turkey tacos around. They come together in a flash and then are slow cooked to perfection, and the recipe comes from one of my new favorite cookbooks – Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes.

The best ground turkey tacos. Perfect for an easy and delicious taco tuesday recipe

In my cookbook collection, I have this one cookbook that I always turn to when I’m needing some inspiration for healthy mealtime. That cookbook is of course The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka. There’s no other way to put this, except that it is the first healthy/diet cookbook I ever purchased where the low-calorie recipes came out tasting delicious! Not just like “oh, that’s ok, but I know it’s a ‘healthy’ recipe” more like “omg this is so good, I cannot believe this is healthy!”

The best ground turkey tacos. Turkey tacos for Taco Tuesday!

I then started following Gina’s blog, Skinnytaste.com. I made her recipes, and they always turned out great.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook

Then in April I had the pleasure of meeting Gina face to face at a retreat. The thing you have to realize about Gina is that she is wildly successful. She’s big time. Her blog is incredible and her first cookbook is a New York Times best seller!! When I met her in person, I was blown away. She radiates kindness. She is the nicest, most down to earth, most deserving of every success in the world person. She is amazing.

The best ground turkey for tacos. Turkey tacos with homemade taco seasoning

When my cookbook came out over the summer, she was one of the first ones to share a recipe (she posted five-ingredient chocolate cheesecake cups), again, I was blown away by her.

And now her new cookbook Skinnytaste Fast and Slow is out, and I have to tell you, yet again I am blow away, I am truly impressed.

Every page is packed full of useful information, and the recipes are nothing short of amazing. There are 140 of them, and I cannot wait to make them all (no joke). I’ve already made several, each declared a favorite in our household, each has been requested for repeat by my husband. I’ve made the slow cooker banh mi rice bowls (so good) and the slow cooker chicken burrito bowls (again, so good) and Madison’s favorite beef tacos (yet again amazing).

Slow cooker banh mi rice bowls

Today I’m going to share with you my take on Madison’s favorite beef tacos by making them with turkey, and instead of making them in a slow cooker (mine is in storage because we are in the process of trying to sell our house) I made them by slowly roasting them in the oven. These tacos – as with the other recipes, were perfect for meal prepping/planning.

Meal planning with the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook

When I made these turkey tacos, they were seriously the best ground turkey tacos I have ever had. I know you’re going to love them, just as I know you’re going to LOVE Gina’s new cookbook Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes which is available via AmazonTargetBarnes & Noble and Indiebound.

The Best Ground Turkey Tacos
 
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Serves: 16 tacos
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • ¼ cup minced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 16 corn taco shells
  • Pico:
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime wedge, juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Toppings:
  • 2 cups lettuce of choice, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey in the olive oil over high heat, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. When no longer pink add 2 teaspoons of the cumin along with the remaining dry spices, onion, bell pepper and garlic, stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes until soft, then transfer to either a slow cooker or baking dish, along with ½ cup water and tomato sauce.
  2. Slow cooker method: Cover and cook on high 3 hours or low 6 to 8. Discard the bay leaf and add the remaining teaspoon of cumin.
  3. Oven method: Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and cook at 250 degrees for 2 hours.
  4. Make the pico by combining the tomato, onion, fresh cilantro, lime juice and salt in a bowl, stir.
  5. Heat the taco shells according to the directions, then assemble placing ¼ cup turkey in each shell, topped with lettuce, 1 tablespoon cheese and pico.
Notes
This recipe makes enough taco filling for multiple meals. Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for another night.
 

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Showing 13 comments
  • Jessica
    Reply

    I do love Skinnytaste – I have the first cookbook! These tacos look delicious!!!

  • Shawnna Griffin
    Reply

    hey girl this is my kind of food! Yummy!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much, these turkey tacos were phenomenal!

  • Lee
    Reply

    All my favorite people released cookbooks this year (INCLUDING YOU). These tacos look FAB. Your photos are beautiful, Phi!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      AWWWW you’re so sweet. THANK YOU so much for your comment and compliments Lee! I am definitely in love with Gina’s book, I even bought a new slow cooker to make more of her recipes (mine is in storage as we are selling our house lol, but I just couldn’t wait to make more of her recipes)

      • Lee
        Reply

        OMG. Are you moving?!

        • Sweetphi
          Reply

          We’re just wanting to move a little closer to my work – I work out in Delafield and my commute from Milwaukee is just crazy every day (I’m in the car over an hour and a half ever day). But I love the Milwaukee area too much to move away lol.

  • Cheri
    Reply

    Sounds like an amazing taco Phi, will check out her blog too. Thanks!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      These tacos are super delish, and I think you’ll love her blog Cheri, I know I do 🙂

  • Rony Jahid
    Reply

    Hey beautiful lady, your turkey tacos look like such a great recipe and also the skinnytaste fast and slow cookbook looks awesome.

  • Little Cooking Tips
    Reply

    Hi Phi! These tacos look delicious and are perfect for a healthy snack. We will certainly give them a try, we’d only substitute the chili with smoked paprika, as I (Mirella) had some issues (we wrote you about in an email before),so hot spices are out of the question unfortunately. Excellent recipe, we both LOVED it!
    Lots of love from both of us,
    Panos and Mirella
    xoxoxo

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hi Panos and Mirella, so glad you like the looks of these tacos, they were so delicious, and I think that paprika would be a great substitute!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

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