Monthly Meal Ideas – Turkey Tacos

Last month, we kicked off the summer time with barbecue. However, this month, I’m going to bring it back inside. But this is still a light, summer meal that you will enjoy.

I love tacos! One of my favorite tacos is my very own homemade tacos. You can make these with traditional hard or soft shell tacos. However, I love these tacos on tostadas. Yummy! Here is how I make tacos using ground turkey.

Ground Turkey Ingredients

  • 85/15 Ground Turkey
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chives (optional)
  • Chilli Powder
  • Onions or onion powder (optional)

Toppings & More

  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes (optional)
  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar and mozzarella cheese
  • Lime
  • Tostadas or Tacos

I usually get a ground turkey that has a 85 to 15 percent ratio of lean to fat because it has the perfect blend of leanness and fat. If you go up higher to 90 or more, then the meat tends to be very dry. But your choice of ground turkey is up to you and your diet. You can even use beef or some other ground meat (or non-meat) if you prefer.

I fry up the ground turkey. As ground turkey cooks, a lot of water forms in it. Therefore, its best to add bell peppers before you cook the turkey or after the turkey is almost done. Otherwise, the water from turkey will make the green peppers soggy. You should also do the same for onions if you use fresh onions. I prefer to use onion powder made by Lipton because it give the ground turkey a little more flavor. I’ll add maybe a teaspoon of the Lipton powder (not the entire packet!).

As the ground turkey is cooking, I will add a tablespoon of chili powder and allow the flavors of the onion and the chili powder to cook into the meat. I may also sprinkle in some chives but they aren’t necessary. Once the ground turkey is practically done, I will add the green peppers and make stir the ground turkey crumbles in good with the bell pepper so that the flavors can incorporate. Once the ground turkey is completely done, I shut off the pan and sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella shredded cheese over the ground turkey and cover it so that it can melt. If you prefer another type of shredded cheese, go for it.

As the cheese is melting, I prepare my taco shells and other ingredients. I love tostadas rather than taco shells for this dish because they are like hard taco shells but flat. I either cut up the avocados finely or I create an avocado paste. Then, I will then spoon out my ground turkey onto the tostada as the first layer, then followed by a layer of lettuce, tomato (optional), avocado and sour cream. Once all the ingredients are on it, I will take a lime and squeeze the juice all over the top. Voila. It’s done and it’s time to chow down. You can also add other toppings that thrill you if you like. If you prefer soft shell tacos or hard shell tacos, you can repeat the same process as above.

I hope you like this segment of my blog. Check back for more monthly food ideas.  If you have any questions about preparing this meal, leave them in the comments section or contact me directly here.

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