Turkey Tacos Today
Tacos are great but sometimes a bit too heavy on the grease for me. I found that ground turkey makes just as good of a taco as beef any day. Today was no exception. I had all the ingredients in the fridge and pantry which included:
- 1 package of 12 corn taco shells
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 small onion diced
- a few dashes each of cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder
- a few sprigs of fresh cilantro, finely chopped (parsley can be substituted)
- 2/3 cup no fat re-fried beans (about half a can)
- a couple of garden fresh tomatoes in small dice (reserve 2 tbsps juice if you can)
- 1 cup chopped lettuce
- 4 oz. shredded jack or mozzarella cheese (about a cup when shredded)
- Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
- slices of avocado (also optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°. In a nine inch iron skillet (non-stick is OK too) brown off the ground turkey with the onion. Chop up the tomatoes and try to squeeze the 2 tablespoons of juice out and set it aside. Add water if you can’t quite make the 2 tbsp. Add the spices (at least a half teaspoon of cumin and paprika and other spices to taste) and stir until the turkey is completely cooked. Add the tomato juice to keep the turkey from sticking and to add flavor and moisture. Add the beans and stir it all together until everything is heated
Place the taco shells on a baking sheet to crisp them for about 3 or 4 minutes. While they are in the oven, shred the cheese (you could purchase pre-shredded but I find that doing it yourself makes it taste so much more fresh) and chop the lettuce. (I’m getting good lettuce from the garden here in St. Louis) As soon as you can smell the aroma of the corn in the shells it is time to remove them. They go quickly so don’t leave the kitchen until your shells are safely on a plate.
Now is the fun part. Place a dollop of meat mixture in each of the shells and let everyone dress up the tacos to their liking. I like to have a little of everything… tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, a bit of that fresh cilantro… I even like a slice or two of avocado and a few dashes of hot sauce. If you want the supreme taco you might want to put out some sour cream as a topping as well. There are no real rules. This is a dish that can suit everyone…everyone who likes a little spice to life that is. Enjoy!