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Spicy Turkey Tacos

Super flavorful turkey tacos
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Quick Bites, Tacos, Turkey
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 jalapeno chopped remove seeds to limit heat
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped optional and you can remove seeds to limit heat
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoke paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup of water
  • Flour tortillas or taco shells for tacos
  • Lettuce (optional) if you want a salad, chopped


  • 1 cup Grated medium cheddar cheese
  • Pico de gallo See my recipe
  • Guacamole


  • 2/3 cup Avocado oil
  • 1 Egg room temp
  • 1 cup Cilantro leaves
  • 1 Jalapeno chopped (remove seeds to limit heat)
  • 1 Serrano pepper chopped (remove seeds to limit heat)
  • 1 tbs Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 avocado chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Brown ground turkey , making sure to break it up. Once browned remove and place on a paper towel covered plate and set aside. Pour 1 Tablespoon of olive oil into pan, add shallots, jalapenos, serrano peppers and saute stirring until shallots are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 additional minute. Add black beans and seasonings cumin through black pepper and toast for a minute . Add 1/2 cup of water and stir seasoning together, add more water if it is still dry you will end up using the full 1 cup of water. Add ground turkey back and simmer on low to medium for 5 minutes. While meat and seasonings are simmering work on the dressing.
  • Place Avocado oil into a bowl( I use a glass, flat bottomed 2 cup measuring cup) , drop one egg into bottom of measuring cup . Place immersion blender on top of egg yolk and pulse for 1 to 2 minutes until it thickens up , it is basically mayonnaise at this point. Add the cilantro, jalapeno and serrano pepper and pulse. It won't be perfectly smooth and that's ok. Slowly add lemon juice and lime juice and continue to pulse until it is all smooth, it will be much thinner than it originally was. At this time add the avocado and pulse until smooth and blended. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • You can serve this as tacos, either in soft tortillas or hard taco shells, you can also turn this into a salad by adding lettuce. It’s a smorgasbord at our house. My son likes flour tortillas, my husband and I alternate between taco shells and salad.
  • We add grated medium cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole to ours.


Dinner is served!