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Zesty Ground Turkey Tacos (or Ground Chicken Tacos)

Zesty Ground Turkey (or Chicken) Tacos – Make this easy, healthy, versatile and delicious taco meat recipe with your choice of ground turkey or ground chicken!

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Hands up if you love tacos!

Tacos are basically held parties. Tasty tortillas loaded with a savory filling and fresh toppings are exciting for the whole family. Each bite includes a bit of everything and is utterly satisfying while still making you want more.

We wanted to share an easy taco filling recipe, something lighter and leaner than standard ground beef tacos, but still packs BIG flavor. Because let’s be honest – one taco is never enough

So we swapped the red meat for healthier ground turkey! Not only does using ground turkey (or chicken!) cut the fat and calories, you still get a great serving of protein without losing any of that crave-worthy classic taco meat flavor you know and love.

ground turkey meat for tacos with cilantro

The Best Ground Turkey (or Ground Chicken!) Tacos

Our wonderfully simple, ridiculously easy recipe for the best, most savory, and tasty Ground Turkey Tacos (or Ground Chicken Tacos) is sure to please the whole family. Make it for a quick weeknight meal or a nearly effortless weekend dinner.

The filling is extremely low carb and can be served on regular flour tortillas or corn tortillas, or on our keto tortillas. It’s also great on taco salads and in wraps!

However you choose to enjoy this flavorful ground turkey taco meat, rest assured you are making the right decision.

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Ingredients You Need

There are only 10 wholesome ingredients needed to make the best healthy turkey or chicken tacos recipe from scratch:

  • Oilor butter
  • Onionpeeled and chopped
  • Garlicminced
  • Cilantrochopped
  • Ground turkeyor ground chicken!
  • Seasoningsancho chile powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt
  • Tomato pastejarred or canned

Plus your favorite tortillas and taco toppings!

ingredients in a skillet

How to Make The Best Ground Turkey Taco Meat (with Turkey or Chicken!)

Ground chicken or turkey taco meat is perfect to make ahead and enjoy for a quick dinner and/or your weekly meal prep plan. It’s an easy recipe that requires just 3 simple steps and is ready in only about 15 minutes.

  1. First, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and most of the cilantro. Saute for a few minutes, until the onions become a bit soft.
  2. Then add the ground turkey or chicken, along with the spices and tomato paste.
  3. Brown the meat as you stir continuously, combining the tomato paste and seasonings with the ground turkey. Cook through until the meat has crumbled and is no longer pink.

Serve warm in tortillas, on taco salads, or use healthy ground turkey taco meat to make delicious burritos or enchiladas.

Get the Complete (Printable) Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken Tacos Recipe Below. Enjoy!

cilantro on taco meat in a skillet

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enjoy ground turkey taco meat as part of a low carb meal?

Use this recipe as a base to make our fabulous Keto Stuffed Taco Peppers, Burrito Bowls, or simply serve with your favorite low carb taco tortillas.

What garnishes go well on ground chicken tacos (or ground turkey tacos)?

Load healthy turkey or chicken tacos with chopped fresh cilantro, diced onions, zesty salsa, sour cream or Greek yogurt, crumbled cotija or shredded cheddar cheese – or any goodies you love!

Can this recipe be made ahead?

Definitely! Once the ground chicken or turkey has cooled, transfer to a sealed container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Use in your meal preps, or enjoy quick lunches or easy dinners through the week.

How do I freeze ground chicken or ground turkey taco meat?

Let the taco meat cool and put in an airtight and freezer-safe container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months, and defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating in a skillet or microwave.

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Zesty Ground Turkey Tacos (or Ground Chicken Tacos!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Zesty Ground Turkey Tacos – An easy, healthy, versatile and delicious taco meat recipe made with either ground turkey or ground chicken.
Servings: 16 tacos


  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 16 Flour, corn, or low carb tortillas
  • Possible Garnishes: Pico de gallo salsa, avocado, guacamole, Cotija cheese, limes


  • Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil. Once hot, add in the chopped onion, garlic, and cilantro. Sauté for 3-4 minutes to soften the onions.
  • Then add in the ground turkey (or ground chicken) along with the ancho chile, cumin, paprika, salt, and tomato paste.
  • Stir and break the ground meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Continue to cook and brown the taco meat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Once the taco meat is cooked through, spoon it into tortillas and garnish with your favorite taco toppings.



Leftovers: Let the taco meat cool and place in an airtight and/or freezer-safe container.
Keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Store in the freezer for up to 3 months, and defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating in a skillet or microwave.


Serving: 1taco, Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 549mg, Potassium: 260mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 342IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, southwest, Tex-Mex
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Zesty Ground Turkey Tacos (or Ground Chicken Tacos)”

  1. Great tacos meat! So delicious and easy to make!

  2. This is going to be such a delicious dinner! My family is going to love this! Very excited to make this tonight!

  3. So tasty and delicious! I like the texture better than beef.

  4. These turkey tacos are so great! I stopped eating so much red meat, so these have been the perfect thing when I want that taco fix!