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Weeknight Baked Turkey Tacos

Everyone adores these baked ground turkey tacos! These are perfect to make on a busy weeknight and so delicious. Cheesy, warm and topped with lettuce, avocado and pico de gallo, they are great for a family meal.
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  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (you can sub beef)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 12 to 15 hard taco shells
  • 1 to 2 cups grated chihuahua or cheddar cheese
  • shredded lettuce, for serving
  • chopped avocado, for serving

quick pico de gallo

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • pinch salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line up your taco shells in a 9x13 baking dish. They won’t fit exactly like a puzzle, and based on the shape of your dish, you can lose or add a shell.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. With ground turkey, I rarely add any oil to the skillet. If needed, you can add 1 teaspoon of olive oil (or your oil of preference).
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the ground turkey and break it apart with a wooden spoon or meat chopper.
  • Cook, stirring and breaking apart the turkey often, until it begins to brown. Add in the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to disperse all the seasonings. Cook until the turkey is just browned.
  • I love seasoned turkey for tacos like this, on the drier side – it’s a personal preference. If you’d like it saucier, follow the directions below. You can also add in a tablespoon of beef or vegetable stock, or even tomato sauce, to make it saucier.
  • Sprinkle a bit of cheese in the bottom of each taco shell. Top with a few spoonfuls of ground turkey. Top with more cheese.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until everything is melted and warm. You can make the pico at this time if you haven’t already.
  • When the tacos are done, bring them out and cover with shredded lettuce, chopped avocado and the pico de gallo. Let cool for a minute then serve.
  • Note: if you find yourself with extra ground turkey, just store it in the fridge. I use it to either make a quick quesadilla, throw on a taco salad or make a single taco if needed. (Always needed.)


  • I use a slurry to make my taco ground turkey saucy. Fill a shaker cup with ½ cup cold water or beef/vegetable stock. Add 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour, masa or whole wheat flour to the liquid and cover it. Shake for at least 30 seconds. With the turkey skillet on low heat, slowly stream in the slurry while stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir often and cook over low for about 10 minutes.

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