Mama’s Famous Turkey Tacos

I learned this recipe from my mother (yes I know.. Thanks captain obvious)
Since I learned it while cooking with her, it’s not an exact recipe, we would always cook it to taste and color, but I will do my best with the measurements.
Also, as I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure ( I turn 35 this year so I guess it’s time to start falling apart.. Ha JK… Kinda), I am supposed to be on a restricted sodium diet. This recipe will be lower in sodium, but feel free to add more salt.

Start with 1 onion (I prefer white or yellow) and about 3 cloves of garlic

Dice the onion and garlic (or use a garlic press) and add to the pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil

Then “sweat” the onions and garlic on medium low heat until the onions are translucent (this keeps them from being overpowering and strong, and softens them)

Then push the onions off to one side of the pan and add 1-1.5 lbs of ground turkey (I prefer lean but not extra lean, about 90%-93%).  Sprinkle 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt on the turkey and brown it (break up any big chunks).
Then stir the onions in with the turkey

Now it’s time for the spices!

I add 2-3 tablespoons of chili powder

So the turkey turns a really nice red color (some people can’t even tell if it’s turkey or beef)

Then I add about 1 teaspoon of Cumin, and 1 tablespoon of dried Oregano

Then I add about 8 oz of tomato sauce (mine is salt free, but if salt is not an issue for you then by all means use regular tomato sauce)


Sometimes I add cilantro (people seem to either love it or oddly think it tastes like soap.. So whatever your preference on this one). I think it adds a nice contrast in color .. And I was always taught to cook by color 🙂


Alright.. We’re almost there…
Next I take a skillet with some olive oil
over medium high heat and fry up tortillas (blot them dry on paper towels after)

I like to serve them with salsa, sour cream, avocado, cheese, and shredded lettuce

Drum roll…….

Oh wait.. One more thing… Cooking is always more fun with a little vino

Or.. Maybe to stay in the Mexican theme.. A little Corzo.. (Come on, you gotta drink the good stuff!)


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