Simple Turkey Tacos (with a gradual cooker possibility!)

After I had Sidney again in 2020 Tony and I significantly lived off of Mexican meals. Abra introduced over some scrumptious enchiladas and Tony’s sister got here with takeout from Big Star tacos right here in Chicago. YUM.

The second we felt up for cooking one thing, we made these fabulous, wholesome turkey tacos, which impressed me to share the recipe once more with you at the moment… as a result of hey, they’re good for sport day or any weeknight meals! We’re skipping the taco seasoning packets and making my great, selfmade taco seasoning (bc selfmade is healthier, after all.)

It’s grow to be clear that you simply all LOVE a few of my straightforward weeknight meals: turkey chili, salmon tacos, maple glazed salmon, chickpea curry, and so on. Thus, I’ve determined to place extra of those go-to straightforward meals on the weblog beginning with these tacos. They’re such a simple 20-minute dinner!

easy healthy turkey tacos on a board with lime wedges and jalapeño slices

Turkey vs. beef tacos

I do know many individuals love floor beef, however I’m simply not into it and haven’t been for years. Sometimes I crave a burger, however it will be very, very uncommon so that you can discover beef in our fridge. Nevertheless, I discover myself consistently shopping for floor turkey, solely as a result of it’s a lot leaner, however due to how beautiful it absorbs flavors.

Whilst you may use beef on this recipe, I recommend attempting out floor turkey for a change. We often use 94% lean floor turkey for the most effective taste.

How about you: are you a beef or turkey lover?! Or possibly you’re a tofu lover? Holla.

Every thing you’ll have to make the most effective turkey tacos

This wholesome turkey taco recipe couldn’t be simpler to make! As I discussed, there’s a DIY taco seasoning concerned that you simply’re going to LOVE, plus all the contemporary toppings your coronary heart wishes. Right here’s what you’ll want:

  • Turkey: be at liberty to make use of 94% or 99% lean floor turkey (and even hen!) We want 94% as a result of it absorbs the seasoning greatest.
  • Onion & garlic: some contemporary diced onion and minced garlic add a lot of nice taste to the taco meat.
  • Tomato sauce: you’ll want some tomato sauce for cooking the bottom turkey, and just a little water in case you’re cooking it on the stovetop.
  • Spices: say hey to your new favourite taco seasoning!
  • For serving: right here’s the place you may get artistic. We like these tacos with salsa, bitter cream/yogurt, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and so on. Plus a aspect of tortilla chips + my well-known guacamole.

easy, healthy turkey tacos topped with jalapeño and tomato slices

Customise your wholesome turkey tacos

As a result of this turkey taco recipe is really easy, it’s additionally straightforward to customise to your style preferences and what you’ve got readily available! Right here’s what I can advocate:

  • Hold them gluten free: merely use gluten free corn tortillas as an alternative of flour tortillas. You may as well attempt utilizing grain free tortillas, in case you want. We love the Siete brand.
  • Make them paleo: miss the tortillas and pile the taco meat in your favourite salad. Or attempt the Siete Meals almond flour or cashew flour tortillas.
  • Make them vegan & vegetarian: you may swap the hen for tofu! Dice your tofu or break it up in order that it’s like floor meat, and cook dinner it identical to you’ll with the bottom turkey.
  • Add a sauce: I like including my Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce, Avocado Lime Sauce, or my Jalapeño Cashew Cream Sauce.

easy, healthy ground turkey tacos in a tin with parchment paper

Turkey tacos within the gradual cooker or on the stovetop

There’s one among two methods to make these turkey tacos: within the gradual cooker OR on the stovetop. The gradual cooker possibility is ideal for entertaining or sport day and the stovetop model is one among our go-to weeknight meals.

  • Within the gradual cooker: all it’s important to do is brown the turkey then throw it within the gradual cooker and let it cook dinner for a couple of hours. The flavors are insanely good.
  • On the stovetop: brown the turkey on the stovetop then add the spices and tomato sauce and just a little water. Simmer for 10 minutes then get pleasure from!

Causes to like these straightforward turkey tacos

  • They’re straightforward. That’s proper, all it’s important to do is brown the turkey then throw it within the gradual cooker or cook dinner on the stovetop. EASY.
  • They are often made for a crowd. You possibly can double, triple and even quadruple this recipe. So in case you’re having a celebration (or celebrating Taco Tuesday), it is a freaking superior cheap meal.
  • Hey DIY taco bar. Use this to make your individual taco bar. Simply get all of the fixin’s chopped up and let your turkey cook dinner within the gradual cooker. Then have your visitors make their very own tacos with tender or exhausting shell tortillas, and even lettuce wraps! A taco salad bar can be wonderful, too. Such a celebration pleaser.
  • Selfmade taco seasoning is concerned. A number of easy spices + tomato sauce and also you’ve bought superior REAL deal taco seasoning with no JUNK.

easy slow cooker turkey tacos topped with jalapeño slices

The right way to retailer & freeze turkey taco meat

Retailer any leftover taco meat in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 4 days.

  • To freeze: let the taco meat cool fully to room temperature earlier than transferring it to a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for as much as 2 months.
  • To reheat: thaw the frozen taco meat within the fridge earlier than reheating on the stovetop or within the microwave till heated by way of.

Anyway, this recipe is a keeper. We make it 1x per week and all the time return for seconds!

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Get pleasure from! When you make this recipe, I’d like to see you tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram — in any other case go away a remark and fee the recipe beneath letting me know the way you appreciated the turkey tacos! xo.

Wonderful Simple Turkey Tacos (with a gradual cooker possibility!)

slow cooker turkey tacos in a container with parchment paper

Cook dinner Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Whole Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Simple wholesome floor turkey tacos made on the stovetop or in your gradual cooker. These scrumptious turkey tacos are made with a wonderfully spiced, flavorful DIY selfmade taco seasoning that you will wish to use for tons of recipes. That is our go-to weeknight wholesome taco recipe!


  • For the taco meat:
  • 1
    olive oil
  • 1
    white onion, diced
  • 1
    94% lean floor turkey (may also use 99% lean in case you need)
  • 3
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    (8 oz) can tomato sauce (1 cup)
  • 1/4
    water (provided that making stovetop model)
  • 2 1/2
  • 2 1/2
    chili powder
  • 1
    dried oregano
  • ½

  • teaspoon
    cayenne pepper, non-compulsory
  • ¾
  • Optionally available toppings:
  • 8
    tender corn tortillas (or flour in case you want)
  • 3/4
    grape tomatoes, quartered (may also use 1 massive tomato, diced)
  • ½
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1
    avocado, diced (or sub guacamole)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced contemporary or pickled jalapenos


  1. Add olive oil to a big skillet and place over medium excessive warmth. Add diced onions and turkey. Brown the turkey, and break up the meat with a picket spoon till good and browned, about 5 minutes.

  2. TO MAKE ON THE STOVETOP: add in garlic, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir to mix. Simmer over medium low warmth for 10-Quarter-hour or till combination begins to thicken up.

  3. TO MAKE IN THE SLOW COOKER: Switch to the gradual cooker and add in garlic, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir to mix. Cook dinner on excessive for 2-3 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.

  4. As soon as able to serve, divide meat between 8 corn tortillas. Add non-compulsory toppings: tomatoes, cheese, diced avocado/guacamole, lettuce and jalapeno. Serves 4. Optionally available to serve with greek yogurt, if desired.

Recipe Notes

To make dairy free: sub dairy free cheese or just go away off the cheese.

To make gluten free: use corn tortillas or your favourite gluten/grain free tortillas.

See the total put up for storing suggestions and methods to customise your tacos!


Servings: 4 servings

Serving measurement: 2 tacos (with out toppings)

Energy: 304kcal

Fats: 6.8g

Saturated fats: 1.5g

Carbohydrates: 32.1g

Fiber: 5.4g

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 30.6g

Recipe by Bold Kitchen // Pictures by: Sarah Fennel