Turkey Tacos

I remember when I went from being a vegan 1 day to doing the Whole30 the next. I had to start eating meat and the first meat I chose to eat was ground turkey. I don’t know why I chose ground turkey because I never liked turkey even before I was a vegan! So, I made turkey burgers and I probably didn’t use any seasoning and they were the grossest things ever. I’m pretty sure I took one bite and that was it.

Fast forward to a few months ago, when I came across this turkey taco recipe and now turkey is such a staple for me that I always keep a few pounds of frozen turkey in the freezer so I can make a batch any time!

On a side note: Costco now sells lean organic ground turkey in the fresh meat section!

I’ll put the recipe below, but first let’s get to a few updates since my last post.

  1. We are pretty much all moved & settled in! Just like that. Done. I still don’t have a bed and still may never get one. It’s super easy to make your bed when it’s just a mattress on the floor 🙂
  2. The next step is getting a fence, sprinklers & landscaping.
  3. Rocco is doing great and loves the house. Except for this one day when he thought we were under siege by construction workers and had to mark the entire perimeter of the basement, INSIDE. It was almost impressive, except it wasn’t. He is no longer allowed in the basement.
  4. My husbands torn hip flexor does not require surgery (at least not yet). He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him though.
  5. We bought an RV! We actually bought it last fall but didn’t have a chance to use it much before winter. It’s on my list of things to do to take photos of it or a video tour or something. It’s just a little one, but it is so much fun. We absolutely love taking it out and I’m excited to share some of our adventures!
  6. Ahh, I still need to post about all my (not) exciting journey back into running!

For pictures of Rocco, check out his instagram @rocco_the_minpin (Rocco James).

rocco bed in bed
Here is Rocco sleeping IN his bed, ON the bed in our RV. He LOVES camping!

Alright, on to the turkey tacos!

I cook in BULK, like for real. I meal prep like a boss and someday I will do a post on that too! So, when I make these tacos I use an entire Costco pack of turkey which is about 3 pounds. So obviously if you want to make less, use either 1 pound or 2 pounds of turkey and adjust the seasoning as necessary. For reference, 1 Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons so it’s easy to make 1/3 or 2/3 of this recipe since the recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of seasonings. Easy! Also, if you are making all 3 pounds of turkey make sure you have a frying pan large enough to handle that much meat. I have just a standard, large pan and it works great.

And I just want to say now, I timed myself making this and it took LESS than 20 minutes from start to finish and this is enough turkey to last 2 grown ups an entire week of lunch or dinner.

Oh, and I personally just use this meat in salad. I did the lettuce wrap thing once but that was such a mess that using a fork and making a salad was just a lot easier. But you can obviously use a tortilla or greens or whatever to enjoy this stuff!

turkey before
It’s a ton of raw meat, haha!

Turkey Taco Meat
Time: Less than 20 minutes total
Servings: 10-14

3 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons oregano or Italian seasoning blend
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 can tomato sauce

First, use a large non-stick pan because turkey is so lean it will stick really bad if you use enamel covered steel or cast iron. If you use a “stick” pan, just be prepared with a lot of broth on hand to prevent sticking.
Heat all the turkey in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the turkey all the way through as you break it into crumbles.
While the turkey is cooking measure out all the seasonings into a separate, small bowl. When the turkey is almost cooked through add the spices and cook for 1 more minute.
Add the tomato sauce and stir to combine.
Turn the heat to low and stir a little more until the turkey looks uniformly seasoned.

Use in a salad or in a wrap and top with cilantro, green or red onion and toppings of your choice.

turkey after
Turkey “after” photo

Alright that’s it! Until next time 🙂