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Juicy Ground Turkey Tacos

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These Ground Turkey Tacos are great for your taco weeknight dinners. These tacos are juicy and full of amazing flavor with only a few ingredients.

gorund turket taco meat in hard shells topped with cheese and cilantro

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My oldest daughter requests tacos about 3 times a week. I can’t blame her, tacos are pretty amazing and versatile. Whether they are made with this yummy carnitas meat, beef, or fish, my household knows how to have an epic Taco night. 

I started making these ground turkey tacos to give us a nice spin on the traditional beef taco and they do not disappoint. They’re full of flavor and juicy and the perfect taco addition. 

I don’t use a pre-packaged taco mix for this recipe as I prefer to make my own. With just a few spices, you can have an amazing dinner in no time. 

taco seasoning

Is Ground Turkey better than Ground Beef?

I did a ton of reading and research and ultimately found that…it depends a lot on the fat content of the ground turkey or beef you buy. I actually just choose to buy ground turkey to give my family a variety of the foods we consume. 

Are ground turkey tacos dry?

Nope. Ground turkey has a reputation for being dry and boring. And it usually is. But with these tacos, the addition of the seasoning gives it a ton of flavor and the addition of an undrained can of tomatoes with chilies adds the moisture that it needs.

How to make Ground Turkey Tacos

First, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, turkey meat, onion, and garlic to skillet. Stir and cook until the meat has broken up and fully browned. 

ground turkey in stainless steel skillet

Then add the seasonings (use the ones in the recipe card or use 2 Tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning)and the undrained can of tomato and chilies. The extra liquid in the tomatoes helps keep the turkey meat juicy rather than dry.  Reduce the heat and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.

ground turkey taco meat in skillet

Squeeze a hint of lime juice over the top. This is the acid that will take your taco meat to a whole other level. Serve with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy. 

hand squeezing lime over ground turkey taco meat

Recommended Taco Toppings:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Did I mention Sour Cream?
  • Guacamole
  • Or you can try any of these taco toppings.

This taco meat is great for bowls, burritos, enchiladas, lettuce wraps. The possibilities are endless.

You may also like these fried chicken tacos.

Looking for recipes to serve with these tacos? Try these out:

Looking for more ground turkey recipes? Try this Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili.

Juicy Ground Turkey Tacos

This Ground Turkey Taco meat is moist and full of flavor. With only a few simple ingredients and a few simple steps, you can have dinner ready in less than 20 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy tacos, ground turkey tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 196kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1-2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 oz can tomatoes with chilies undrained
  • 1 squeeze fresh lime juice


  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, ground turkey meat, onion, and garlic to skillet. Stir and cook until the meat has broken up and fully browned.
  • Then add chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and the can of tomato and chilies. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes until the meat mixture is heated through. Squeeze fresh lime, about 1 tsp, over the meat mixture. Serve and enjoy 🙂



  • Top with your favorite toppings such as cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream, or avocado. 
  • This ground turkey taco meat is great for meal prep and freezes well.
  • I used the 10-inch Mealthy stainless steel skillet for this recipe. 


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 717IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

I love this recipe, and so does my family. The turkey comes out very juicy and flavorful. I used this same recipe to repurpose leftover grilled chicken breast, and it came out great too! I chopped it up, added it to the pan after the onions and garlic and followed the rest of the recipe as is.


Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Thank You! I love that you used leftover chicken breast too. Such a great idea.


Monday 6th of April 2020

Made these and they were the bomb! Used fresh oregano from the garden. Peace and Thanks- Jan