Turkey Tacos

Mai Hoang – Student

ImageI adopted this recipe from my cousin. It was my first time eating tacos and I was super excited. I went grocery shopping with my cousin and helped her make it that night. My entire family sat down and ate it, and from the very first bite, I fell in love. It was so delicious. Now, whenever I’m unsure about what to make for dinner, I always opt to make tacos!

In the original recipe my cousin makes, she uses ground beef, but I switched it with ground turkey ¬†for a leaner, healthier, and tastier alternative. My entire family loves this recipe and we can’t get enough of it.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any pictures of me making it step-by-step, but do not fret! This recipe is super easy, you’ll be amazed.

Yields: 4-5 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 package of Old El Paso Taco Shells (Yields 10)

1/2 lb ground turkey

1/2 onion, chopped

1 stalk of celery, chopped

3-4 Romaine Lettuce Leaves, shredded

2 tomatos, deseeded and chopped

1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice

1/4 cup of salsa (optional. The package already comes with its own “salsa” but I prefer having the boxed salsa and another medium salsa for that kick)

1/4 cup sour cream (Optional. I used greek yogurt for a healthier alternative. Tastes exactly the same)

2 stalks green onion for garnish, chopped


1. Place the shredded lettuce, chopped tomatos, salsa, sour cream and green onions into separate bowls. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, cook the ground turkey on medium high heat. When it’s just a little underdone, remove it from the pan.

3. Using the same saucepan, spray or lightly coat the bottom of the pan with oil and add chopped celery and onions. When the onions become translucent, add the turkey back in and cook it fully.

4. Open the package of taco shells and find the seasoning. Open up the package of seasoning and add it to the turkey. Stir well to ensure every bit of the turkey mixture is coated well.

5. Once the turkey has been fully cooked, lower the heat to low and put a lid on the pot.

6. Place the taco shells in a 325 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 5-7 minutes. Once taco shells are removed from the oven, remove the turkey and place it into a medium sized bowl.

7. Now the fun part: arranging the tacos! Grab a taco shell and fill it with 1 tablespoon of ground turkey. Next, grab a little bit of shredded cheese and place it on top. This will melt the cheese. Next add the shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Then top it off with salsa, sour cream and green onion.


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. Good luck!

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