These delicious Ground Turkey Tacos are made with just a few simple ingredients for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!

The Best Ground Turkey Tacos

If you love tacos then you are going to love these delicious ground turkey tacos and here’s why:

  • They’re EASY – all you need is a large skillet and a few ingredients to make these easy ground turkey tacos. They come together quickly with minimal work for the perfect 30 minute meal.
  • The tacos are incredibly delicious! – the perfect blend of spices, garlic, onion, and salsa give the ground turkey the best flavor.
  • Great for meal prep – the ground turkey mixture reheats so well and you can make a batch to have on hand for quick lunches and dinners all week!

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Ground Turkey Taco Recipe Ingredients

Ground Turkey: you can use either regular ground turkey or leaner ground turkey breast for this recipe. Both will work well!

Garlic and Onion: to add a delicious base of flavor you’ll need fresh garlic and yellow onion.

Spices: the spice combination is what really gives these tacos the best flavor. You’ll need a few different spices like chipotle powder, paprika, and cumin.

Salsa: use your favorite salsa to add a little extra moisture and flavor to the ground turkey.

Arrowroot Starch: this helps to thicken the ground turkey mixture a bit so it doesn’t spill out of the tacos.

Lime Juice: fresh lime juice helps to give the turkey meat the best flavor.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

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Ingredient Swaps

Ground Turkey – swap the ground beef for ground turkey or ground chicken if you prefer.

Veggies – feel free to add some veggies to the meat mixture if you like. Finely diced bell pepper would be great!

Seasoning – do you prefer your tacos with a little kick? add a bit more chipotle powder for an extra kick.

Arrowroot Starch – swap arrowroot starch for tapioca starch or cornstarch if you prefer.

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How to Cook Ground Turkey for Tacos

Step One: Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil.

Step Two: Add the ground turkey to the skillet. Brown the meat, breaking it up as it cooks. Once the meat has started to brown, add the garlic and diced onion. Continue to brown the meat until it is no longer pink and the onion is translucent.

Step Three: Next, lower the heat to medium and add the ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, chipotle powder, salt, and arrowroot starch to the ground turkey. Cook for 1 minute until the spices are fragrant.

Step Four: Add in the salsa and lime juice and stir until well combined. Let the ground turkey simmer for 3-4 minutes until the mixture has thickened and then remove from the heat.

Step Five: Next, assemble the tacos and enjoy!

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The Best Topping and Serving Ideas

  • tortillas – start with your favorite tortillas! corn, flour, or grain free – whatever you prefer!
  • avocado – fresh avocado slice or homemade guacamole is great, too!
  • pineapple salsa or Mango Salsa if you’re looking for a light and slightly sweet topping then this pineapple salsa is perfect!
  • cilantro – a must have on any good taco.
  • diced tomato – you can go with regular diced tomatoes or make a batch of homemade pico de Gallo.
  • diced onion – fresh red onion or white onion would both be delicious on these tacos.
  • pickled onions – I love adding these to tacos for a fresh, sweet, and tangy bite. If you need to make a homemade batch you can use THIS RECIPE
  • jalapeños – thinly sliced fresher or pickled are both great options!
  • sharp cheddar – for the perfect cheesy finish.
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream – whole milk Greek yogurt or sour cream are both delicious.

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Serving Variations

If you want to switch things up a bit from regular tacos, there are a few different ways you can serve your ground turkey taco meat!

Burrito Bowls: start with a base of cilantro lime rice and then add the ground turkey and all of your favorite toppings.

Taco Salads: want something even lighter? try making a taco salad!

Lettuce Wraps: swap tortillas for butter or romaine lettuce leaves.

How to Store and Reheat

Store: store the ground turkey in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat: you can quickly reheat the ground turkey in the microwave for thirty seconds to a minute until heated through.

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Ground Turkey Tacos

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 pound 93/7 ground turkey
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

Toppings/Garnishes:

  • white corn or flour tortillas
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped romaine lettuce
  • shredded white cheddar
  • red onion
  • thinly sliced jalapeño
  • chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges, for serving

Method

  1. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil.
  2. Add the ground turkey to the skillet. Brown the meat, breaking it up as it cooks. Once the meat has started to brown, add the garlic and diced onion. Continue to brown the meat until it is no longer pink and the onion is translucent.
  3. Next, lower the heat to medium and add the ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, chipotle powder, salt, and arrowroot starch to the ground turkey. Cook for 1 minute until the spices are fragrant.
  4. Add in the salsa and lime juice and stir until well combined. Let the ground turkey simmer for 3-4 minutes until the mixture has thickened and then remove from the heat.
  5. Next, assemble the tacos and enjoy!

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12 Comments

  1. Katherine Meyers says:

    So delicious. The whole family loved it!

  2. Really excellent recipe, quick and easy, super tasty. Thanks

  3. These were really easy to make and so tasty! Thank you

    1. Natalie Perkins (ATHT) says:

      You’re welcome, Kaydence! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  4. Best turkey tacos recipe I have made. My husband has raved about them and I love how easy they are to make.

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      love that, Sarah! thanks for sharing!

  5. We love any and all tacos at our house, so I’m always on the lookout for new versions to try. This one is great because it uses things I pretty much always have on hand- all I need to grab at the store is a package of ground turkey. One of my favorite things about Ashlea’s recipes is that so many of them come together quickly enough to actually make on busy nights, and this one is no exception. I’ll be keeping it in the meal rotation!

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      love hearing that, Marla! I’m so glad you loved it!

  6. Another fast, yummy, family friendly recipe. Directions are very straightforward and use pantry staples. Loved the addition of the salsa to keep the meat moist and it didn’t take away from all the spices that were added. Thank you for another great recipe!

  7. Britany Pratt-Knight says:

    This ground turkey taco recipe has ALL THE FLAVOR! I added some peppers and made some cilantro lime brown rice to turn into a bowl. Delicious!

  8. Delicious and easy! Just the right amount of spice for my family. My 6 year old ate 2 tacos! I didn’t have regular onion on hand but I had red and that worked just fine. Thanks for a great recipes!

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      Yay! so happy you and the family loved the tacos, Sarah!