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Low Fat Soft Taco Recipe with Ground Turkey Meat

Updated on April 22, 2013
Low Fat Turkey Soft Tacos; a healthy and delicious alternative to greasy ground beef!
Low Fat Turkey Soft Tacos; a healthy and delicious alternative to greasy ground beef! | Source
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If you're a fan of soft tacos but are trying to be a little more healthy with your cooking and eating, these delicious low fat soft tacos made with ground turkey are an excellent alternative to the traditional greasy beef tacos that seem to always leave you with regrets...

Served with a side of mexican rice and your favorite toppings, this scrumptious ground turkey recipe can easily satisfy your craving for mexican food without the usual food coma.

For an even lighter low carb option, skip the tortillas and use lettuce wraps for a fresh and super healthy ground turkey soft taco!


Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 (2-3 tacos each)


  • 1-2 tsp olive oil*
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (green, yellow, orange, or red), finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup corn, canned or thawed from frozen
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 8oz can petite chopped tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 16 tortillas (corn, flour, or whole wheat)
  • toppings of your choice (shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, etc.)

Low Fat Soft Tacos made with Ground Turkey instead of beef; a delicious healthier option!
Low Fat Soft Tacos made with Ground Turkey instead of beef; a delicious healthier option! | Source


  1. Heat a little bit of oil* in a skillet and sauté chopped onions and bell peppers for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the minced garlic and half of the taco seasoning, stir and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ground turkey, breaking it up with a cooking spatula. Then mix in canned tomatoes, and corn, and simmer for about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the remainder of the taco seasoning and the chopped cilantro and stir, then remove from the heat.
  5. Serve on warmed tortillas and add toppings of your choice (see suggestions below).


* Use a Misto cooking oil sprayer to coat the pan evenly. This keeps your cooking as light as possible while saving you money and avoiding nasty chemicals in the store-bought cooking sprays.

To warm tortillas, put them in a tortilla warmer and put them in the oven or microwave according to manufacturers suggestions. Otherwise, you can wrap the whole stack in aluminum foil and heat them in the oven on 250 degrees for 12-15 minutes while you cook the meat, or wrap up to four at a time all in a wet paper towel and cook them in the microwave for about 30 seconds just before serving.

Serving Suggestions and Topping Ideas

Serve with mexican rice and black beans, pinto beans, or refried beans.

Topping choices might include sliced avocado, diced tomato, sliced black olives, fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, crumbled queso fresco (a delicious mild mexican cheese), shredded lettuce, sliced jalapeño peppers, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Try using clean fresh crisp lettuce leaves instead of tortillas to make a tasty lettuce wrap ground turkey soft taco!

Instead of sour cream, another light option is to mix low fat plain yogurt with your favorite salsa or hot sauce, or stir in some taco seasoning for a little more flavor.

Deliciously low fat ground turkey soft tacos served with Mexican Rice, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and avocados is such a tasty meal!
Deliciously low fat ground turkey soft tacos served with Mexican Rice, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and avocados is such a tasty meal! | Source

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Thanks for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe hub and have been inspired to cook your own low fat turkey soft tacos.

Do you enjoy cooking with turkey? Have you tried turkey soft tacos before? I'd love to hear what you think. Drop me a note in the comments section below.


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    • jezebellamina profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Hi Jamie! Thanks for stopping by. Ground turkey does taste great! I am kicking myself for not having tried cooking with it sooner - I've only quite recently started experimenting with it and now it's something I use several times a week (because it is requested so often)!

      Thanks for the comment and votes. I hope you enjoy the recipe when you get around to cooking it :)

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I have nothing against ground turkey.. It think it tastes great! Thank you for this delicious turkey soft taco recipe.. I love Mexican food... I've bookmarked with the rest of my low fat recipes. Voting up, useful.. Thank you :)


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