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easy healthy ground turkey tacos in parchment paper

Amazing Easy Turkey Tacos (with a slow cooker option!)

The easiest slow cooker turkey tacos on the planet. Made with a DIY homemade taco seasoning. My go-to weeknight taco recipe!
Course Dinner, Game Day, Gluten Free, Slow Cooker, Tacos
Keyword easy ground turkey tacos, easy turkey tacos, healthy ground turkey tacos, healthy turkey tacos, slow cooker turkey tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 304 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the taco meat:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 pound 94% lean ground turkey (can also use 99% lean if you desire)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce (1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup water (only if making stovetop version)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Optional toppings:
  • 8 soft corn tortillas (or flour if you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, quartered (can also use 1 large tomato, diced)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced (or sub guacamole)
  • Shredded lettuce, for topping
  • Sliced fresh or pickled jalapenos, for topping


  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and place over medium high heat. Add diced onions and turkey. Brown the turkey, and break up the meat with a wooden spoon until nice and browned, about 5 minutes.

  2. TO MAKE ON THE STOVETOP: add in garlic, tomato sauce water, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir to combine. Simmer over medium low heat for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken up.

  3. TO MAKE IN THE SLOW COOKER: Transfer to the slow cooker and add in garlic, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.

  4. Once ready to serve, divide meat between 8 corn tortillas. Add optional toppings: tomatoes, cheese, diced avocado/guacamole, lettuce and jalapeno. Serves 4. Optional to serve with greek yogurt, if desired.

Recipe Notes

To make dairy free: sub dairy free cheese or simply leave off the cheese.

To store: store any leftover taco meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To freeze: let the taco meat cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat: thaw the frozen taco meat in the refrigerator before reheating on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Facts
Amazing Easy Turkey Tacos (with a slow cooker option!)
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos (without toppings))
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.8g10%
Saturated Fat 1.5g9%
Carbohydrates 32.1g11%
Fiber 5.4g23%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 30.6g61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.