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Fiesta Turkey Tacos: Quick, Easy and HealthyRecipe

Updated on September 7, 2013
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Lovin' a taco!

Today, the taco is prepared with unlimited possibilites, from the very extreme with all the trimmings to the bare essentials for a light, healthy snack or meal.

Fiesta Turkey Tacos are prepared on the healthy side of the spectrum, using olive oil instead of vegetable oil or lard for frying, turkey (of course) instead of hamburger, and 3 basic low calorie toppings: onion, lettuce, and cheese.
Frying your taco shells in olive oil produces a lighter and more tasteful shell. Of course, with everyone's taste and preference, the possibilities of garnishments are endless, however, I created this recipe for less calories and keeping it more on the healthy side.

Disfrutar! (Enjoy!)


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Fiesta Turkey Tacos Nutritional Value

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 Tacos
Calories 390
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 26 g52%
Cholesterol 80 mg27%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Prep and Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 5 people (2 tacos per person)

Ingredients for Fiesta Turkey Tacos

  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 10 oz. can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Brown Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Jack & Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Romaine Lettuce, Chopped
  • 10 Corn Tortillas, *Can be substituted for "LOW-CARB" Tortillas
  • 1 tablesppon Chili Powder
  • Olive Oil, (to fry tortillas in )

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Making Fiesta Turkey Tacos Step By Step

  1. Dice 1 brown onion and set aside in a small bowl.
  2. Chop Romaine lettuce and set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. Shred 1 cup of jack and cheddar cheese and set aside in medium bowl. (You can also purchase the cheese pre-shredded, which I like to do)
  4. In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Brown ground turkey. (approximately 10 minutes) Add chili powder when turkey is cooked but there is still a little liquid in the pan. (The chili powder will absorb the liquid and soak into the turkey)
  5. Once the liquid is absorbed, add 1 can of the diced tomatoes and green chilies and corn. Let simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occassionally.
  6. While turkey is simmering, in a small frying pan (big enough to hold the size of your tortilla but not too big as you will use less oil and it will heat faster if you use the correct size pan), add approximately 1 inch of olive oil over medium-high heat
  7. To test when oil is ready, hold a tortilla edge and lightly dip it into the oil. If it starts to bubble, then oil is ready. If nothing happens, wait a couple of minutes and test again. Add 1 tortilla and fry on one side for about 45-secs to 1 minute. With tongs, turn tortilla over then take one edge of the tortilla and fold over in half to create a taco shell. Fry on both sides until a light golden brown (turning frequently so the tortilla does not over cook) Place on plate or shallow pan lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Continue to fry the remaining tortillas.
  8. Once all tortillas are cooked, turn heat off on turkey mixture.
  9. Assembling your tacos: 1- Add turkey mixture 2- Add a little taco sauce (optional) 3- Add chopped onion 4- Add Chopped Lettuce 5- Add Shredded Cheese (about 1 tablespoon)

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Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Om... I hope you do. I love my turkey tacos. I don't eat them with hamburger anymore :) ♥

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Hmmm...I don't think I've ever had turkey tacos before. Yours looks very delicious. The recipe sounds very hearty and easy. I love it! I'll definitely give it a go sometime :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      They are Stephanie! I don't fix them with beef any longer. :) Thanks for the Votes and shares! ♥

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Your Fiesta Turkey tacos look yummy! I think I'd like them even better than beef tacos. Frying the tortillas is something I've never tried - they sure look good. Great pictures! Voted up and sharing.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much 2patricias! It's really yummy. I hope you have a chance to try it! I'm glad you like the "about the Author Capsule." I wish I could take the credit, but I can't! I saw a few hubbers do the same thing to their hubs and thought what a clever idea. Sometimes outside readers will not go straight to your profile, they click on your hub from another resource and may not see who you are and what you are about. This gives them a little more info and a one on one personal touch. ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Jools! I love diced chicken in my tacos as well. I think I like the ground turkey because it is the closest thing to having ground meat, and with the right seasonings... sometimes it's hard to tell the difference for me I use ground turkey in my soups, lasagna, spaghetti, etc.. pretty much any recipe that calls for ground hamburger, I substitute it with the turkey! :) ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Awwwe.. you are so sweet. I'm glad I could make your mouth water Carol! These tacos are so yummy with the ground turkey. This is pretty much how I fix my tacos now. ♥

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      What a good idea to add a capsule "about the author"!

      Your recipe looks like a tasty and low fat recipe. I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and sharing.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Lisa, we all love tacos but I usually have them with finely diced chicken. I don't think I had even considered turkey but these sound great. And the lower fat content would be a distinct plus for me at the moment. Great recipe!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I think it is the photos that always grab me...They are not only well done but so mouthwatering. This sounds like a great recipe for left over turkey or fresh turkey. Thanks for the taco sharing. Voting up and sharing.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you AudraLeigh! I certainly appreciate your comments, votes and shares. :)

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I love tacos and this recipe! Voted up and shared! ps...great formatting and pics to boot!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      My pleasure nmdonders! They are one of my favorite dishes to make. Fast, easy and delicious is my favorite criteria when cooking! Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for the comment and the shares! :)

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      These look fantastic. I'm always searching for new dinner ideas and I will definitely be putting these on the list. I think I will try them this week. Thank you for sharing!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I tried your recipe and loved it! I agree! I can't wait for TG.. I have so many leftover dishes I want to try.. heck.. I'm looking forward more to the leftover dishes than the first one! LOL Thanks for linking Sheila and MY pleasure!!!!! ♥

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I knew I liked this recipe! It sounds really close to my chicken taco recipe. This would be great to use for any left over turkey from Thanksgiving which is coming up. I was going to ask if I could link this to my hub when I saw you had linked mine to this! Thank you, that was a pleasant surprise! Our two recipes are very close and I'm sure they are both wonderful! Linking to this hub asap. Voting up, useful and sharing. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Linda. I love anything that is fast and easy.. with our busy schedules, it really comes in handy! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yummilicious! In addition fast and easy is a bonus! ;)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Very cool habee! I am definitely going to check them out when I go shopping. Can't wait. I'm going to look for your hub and link it to mine as an alternative to corn tortillas. I think many readers would appreciate that option! Would that be ok? :)

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      They're not corn, but they're good. I get them from Walmart or order them online. The ones at Walmart are Xtreme Wellness. They're super high in fiber. I have a hub about them somewhere on here. lol

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you habee! I didn't know they made low carb corn tortillas!! I would definitely want to try them! Can you get them anywhere or just the whole food stores?

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea and very well timed. Have you ever tried using low carb tortillas? I use them often, and they're tasty. Voted up!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Hahahaha... YES.. I'll marry you.. Haven't been asked that in 25 years..LOL Beer huh? I actually like to make my own shells.. they taste so much better, especially when I use olive oil. Karen.. you are a nut! :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Mmmmmmm...taco me!

      While i far prefer tacos made with beer-oops, i mean BEEF - i've been making them with turkey for a while now and they're good too!

      I'm impressed that you make your own shells!

      Will you marry me?

      lol

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you teaches! I love Turkey tacos... It's the best when you don't want the fat from hamburger. My mom is an amazing writer.. I love that woman! Thank you so much for your visit and comment :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think this will be a great option in tacos and so much healthier. When Thanksgiving rolls around, I am making use of this wonderful idea. I also follow our mom's hubs, guess the writing talent runs in the family!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL My little olive.. Now if you were a turkey.. how would YOU look ? (Did that come out right?) hehehe He was fun to create. Thanks so much for the tweetsand pins! :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Delicioso!

      Hi Lisa! Great recipe! I like this variation and turkey is a very healthy option and offers a nice taste. By the way, I LOVE your little taco turkey graphic! Too cute. He's not too happy, s he? Seriously, he is adorable. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      tweeted and pinned :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awwweee Cindy.. you are so kind. I'm glad you like the hub and recipe. I love soft tacos as well (had them the other night). Don't you love the new recipe capsules? It makes life so much easier when creating a recipe hub!

      I MISS YOU! (hugggggs)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I love how this hub is laid out. I am getting ready to do a recipe hub, and so I came to see how the expert is doing it these days. You have given me some great ideas. And I love tacos, but we generally make soft tacos with flour tortillas.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Barbergirl! I think my love for chilies come from my mom and grandma. I used to buy the store bought shells as well..but every time I bought a box of shells, there would always be at least two broken..money wasted..so I said to myself, "Self! Make your own!" heheh

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Never thought of using the green chiles in your turkey to add a kick to the tacos. Sometimes just to change things up I often times used ground turkey instead of hamburger anyway, but I like this change and will have to definately try it soon. And I loved your homemade shells. I will admit, I have never made shells like that, I prefer to just use the ones from the store... and if I buy tortillas, I use flour ones instead as those are the ones I prefer. Fun recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Gee Vocalcoach.. are you hungry?? lol I wish I could send you a whole batch.. but you know where to come and get them!!! I do have a vegetarian version and will be including that soon. Thank you for the votes and shares.. You are the coolest..no... the WAY coolest!!!! XOXOXOX

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh My! (Drooling all over my keyboard.) What I wouldn't give to have one of these beauties (vegetarian style) at my finger tips right about now. It's lunch time and I'm starving and I want about a dozen of your scrumptious tacos. The photo of the tacos is toooooooo much. I can smell those tacos. Fantastic recipes and marvelous hub to vote 5* up useful awesome and to share all over the place!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh my Vinaya, I can't even imagine. Turkey is very delicious..in many things. I wish I could make you some turkey tacos and send them to you! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have never tasted a turkey. This sounds great.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      They are very delicious cloverleaffarm! I hope you get a chance to try them! Thank you for visiting! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much viking305! I try to make it as simple and user friendly as possible. (I think of myself and how I would want it to read....VERY simple..and with pictures! LOL) Thank you so much for sharing. Much appreciated! :)

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Oh, these look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Homemade tacos with lovely turkey meat what could be nicer for a snack.

      Your step by step instructions and photos are easy to follow for some one like me who is new to this recipe.

      Shared on Twitter and voted 5 stars

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh yes HawaiianHeart! They are so good that way. I actually try and substitute ground turkey for hamburger whenever I can. So much healthier. I hope you try them soon.. I know you will enjoy them that way! Aloha nui :)

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I never had turkey tacos before! Chicken, fish - yes, but I definitely want to try turkey now =)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awww Thank you Kelley!I'm glad you like the recipe. This is pretty much how I make my tacos everytime we have them. I cheat and have a third (sometimes a 4th) one when I'm really hungry, but then don't have to feel too guilty with the calories. lol You're a doll! :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      List this is a 5 star recipe to me! I love how you organize your fun recipe hubs. Also the pictures are fantastic. Fantastic job! Given 5 stars and shared! Kelley

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Well, thank you very much Señor Mhatter99! :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I, yi, yi yi, I love this recipe

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Susan.. I love it when you visit me! They are really tasty..but then again.. you mention the word taco and I come runnin'! haha :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      First one here and I'm glad to be first in line for one of your turkey tacos. They look great! I've never thought of frying the tortilla shells like that before and will have to try it. I usually just heat them and make soft tacos.

      Rated, voted, sharing and pinning. Thanks Lisa!