Ground turkey, fresh jalapeño and red bell peppers, green onions and butter lettuce provide a lighter alternative to traditional beef tacos without sacrificing flavor. We chose to make soft tacos with flour tortillas, but crunchy taco shells will work just fine if you prefer them.Print
Light and Fresh Turkey Tacos
Lighten up traditional tacos by using ground turkey instead of beef and seasoning it with green onions, jalapeño and red bell peppers, and cilantro.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 4 green onions, sliced
- For the toppings:
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco (or more to taste)
- Butter lettuce leaves (about 3-1/2 cups)
- Monterey Jack cheese, finely shredded (about 1 cup)
- 8 6-inch flour tortillas or taco shells (whole-grain if possible)
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the jalapeño peppers and cook for an additional minute. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the ground turkey and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, breaking up the large chunks of meat with a wooden spoon. Add the cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and sugar and stir until well mixed. Add the red bell pepper and continue cooking until the turkey is no longer pink, about 2 minutes more. Stir in the tomato sauce, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the sliced green onions to add to the fresh tomatoes and stir the rest into the meat mixture. Allow the turkey to simmer while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Stir occasionally.
- Place the tortillas or taco shells in the oven to warm them slightly. In a small serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, reserved green onions, cilantro and Tabasco. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add more Tabasco if desired. Put the lettuce and cheese in serving dishes and place the warmed tortillas on a plate. Transfer the turkey mixture to a bowl and serve, letting everyone assemble their own tacos at the table.
An ice-cold beer is always great with tacos, but you may want to try something different and serve these with a light, fruity, Sauvignon Blanc. Of course you probably can’t go wrong with a margarita either!