Loaded Ground Turkey Tacos

Loaded Ground Turkey Tacos

Laila shares her recipe for delicious – and healthy! – tacos.

Serves: 2 to 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

1 large zucchini (about 1 pound) or ½ small head cauliflower, or a combination
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon water
3 scallions, sliced
Unrefined coconut oil cooking spray
12 soft corn tortillas 

Taco Seasoning Mix
1½ teaspoons chili powder
¾ teaspoon paprika
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1¼ teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Optional Toppings
Grated Jack or cheddar cheese
Shredded romaine lettuce
Chopped seeded tomatoes
Roasted tomato salsa
Green salsa
Shredded cabbage
Chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges
Hot sauce

  1. Coarsely chop zucchini or cut the cauliflower into small florets. Transfer half of the veggies into a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped (for cauliflower, the goal is the size of grains of rice)
  2. Transfer finely chopped veggies to a bowl, and repeat step 1 with the remaining zucchini or cauliflower
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat
  4. Add the onion and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 10 minutes
  5. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute
  6. Add the turkey and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat until lightly browned and no longer pink, 7 to 10 minutes
  7. In a small bowl, combine all the taco seasoning mix ingredients
  8. Add the taco seasoning mix to the skillet with the meat and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, reducing the heat and/or adding a tiny bit of water or oil if the mixture starts to stick
  9. Stir in the scallions
  10. Heat a separate medium skillet over medium-high heat and spray it with cooking spray
  11. Add a tortilla and heat, pressing down on it with a spatula to keep it flat, until malleable, about 30 seconds on each side, or a little longer if you’d like your tortilla slightly crispy

Chef’s Tip: I like to keep my tortillas flat, but feel free to fold them if desired.

  1. Transfer the cooked tortilla to a plate and repeat step 11 with the remaining tortillas, adding cooking spray to the pan as needed

Chef’s Tip: To keep your tortillas warm while you are cooking the rest, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated 200 F oven as each is heated

  1. Fill the tortillas with the ground turkey mixture and finish with desired toppings



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