Turkey Tacos

Turkey Tacos

By Mark Hinds | Updated March 26, 2024

Turkey tacos are one of our favorite weeknight meals. With this recipe, they’re simple to make, healthy, and make great leftovers.

What makes this recipe stand out is the addition of the roasted green chilies and how the spices and other ingredients create a sauce that adds layers of flavor with just the right amount of heat.

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A tasty substitute for the taco sauce is this Red Enchilada Sauce that can be made from scratch in 30 minutes and has deep Southwestern flavors.

A few of our other favorite ground turkey recipes include these Ground Turkey Enchiladas, Turkey Sloppy Joes, and Turkey Burgers.

Turkey Tacos

Turkey Tacos

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 4 oz can roasted green chilies
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder


  • 8 to 12 tortillas, flour or corn
  • 1/3 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, shredded


  • Start by dicing the onion and sautéing it along with the green chilies on medium heat for three to four minutes. Add in the ground turkey to brown.
  • While the turkey is browning, mix the taco sauce, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper with a 1/4 cup of water.
  • After the turkey has finished browning drain off any excess grease, if there is any, and pour in the sauce.
  • Give everything a good stir and cook uncovered on a low simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Serve on your favorite type of tortillas with shredded cheese, lettuce, and taco sauce.


1 cup white onion is roughly equivalent to a medium sized onion.
An easy way to adjust the heat in this dish is to change the amount of chili powder. If you like things milder use a 1/4 tsp, if you like things spicier use 3/4 tsp.
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Mark is an experienced food writer, recipe developer, and photographer who is also Umami’s publisher and CEO. A passionate cook who loves to cook for friends, he can often be found in the kitchen or by the grill testing new recipes.

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