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Turkey Taco Meat

One of my favorite meals growing up was my dad’s tacos.  My brother and I would always get excited when it was taco night, inevitably eating too many tacos in one sitting but loving every minute of it.  What really made the tacos stand out in my opinion was the delicious meat inside, so I recently emailed my dad for his famous recipe.  The original recipe calls for ground sirloin, but since we had an abundance of ground turkey on our hands, I decided to make turkey taco meat.

turkey taco meat and olivesThe taco meat recipe is really simple, but so delicious.  And when paired with some sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and guacamole, it’s out of this world.  I was initially worried the turkey taco meat would not taste as good as my dad’s version, but it turned out to be quite flavorful!

Of course my dad’s original recipe calls for corn taco shells that you lightly fry in vegetable oil (so good), but since corn and I are no longer friends, we had wheat tortillas on hand instead.  And when I say “we” I mean the Englishman, since apparently wheat and I are on a hiatus as well.

This taco meat recipe takes me right back to my childhood, sitting at the kitchen table with dripping wet hair from spending the day at the pool and happily devouring tacos and piling them high with meat and cheese.

Thanks for the memories dad!

Turkey Taco Meat


1lb of ground turkey (sirloin is also delicious)

3 tbs olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1 small brown onion or 1/2 large onion

1 small can chopped olives

1/2 block shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

1 medium tomato diced

1 cup of your favorite guacamole (I make a homemade version)

2 cups of romaine lettuce

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add your garlic and onions.  Saute until the onions begin to turn a light brown.
turkey taco meat diced onion
Add your ground turkey and continue to saute until well cooked.  Once the meat is cooked through add your sliced olives and mix well.
turkey taco meat cooked
Put your cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and guacamole in separate bowls for your “taco bar.”  If you have corn tortillas lightly fry them in vegetable oil or for wheat ones, warm them up in the oven on low heat.
turkey taco bar
Build your own taco.  Top with taco sauce if you have it.  Devour.  Repeat.
turkey taco meat salad
If you can’t have the tortillas or want to do a low-carb version, turkey taco meat salad is also delicious!