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

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

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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)

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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

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Now it’s time for the spices!

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I add 2-3 tablespoons of chili powder

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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

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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)

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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 🙂

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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)

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

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Drum roll…….

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

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

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