Turkey Tacos Recipe

At fewer than 200 calories per serving, these Turkey Tacos are easy, healthy, delicious, and perfect for meal prep! They are loaded with extra lean ground turkey, onion, bell peppers, and spices: chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper! 

Three lettuce wrap turkey tacos on a plate from above

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You need these ground turkey tacos in your life if you like…

  1. tacos (duh!)
  2. easy, meal prep recipes
  3. healthy and delicious dinners

I may be wrong, but I’m guessing you fit into at LEAST one of those categories… but let’s be honest, probably all three. 😉 I know I do because I’m obsessed with tacos and I LOVE easy, healthy meal prep dinners!

How to season ground turkey for tacos

My favorite part of cooking is seasoning. It takes very little effort and adds SO MUCH flavor! There are so many different seasonings and a million different flavor combinations. To give these tacos that typical “taco” flavor, I used my favorite blend of chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. It’s not much but together these spices add a HUGE flavor punch.

Need a shortcut? Use store-bought taco seasoning or even my homemade taco seasoning. I always have both on hand!


To keep these tacos healthy, we’re swapping the classic ground beef for lean ground turkey and loading up on good for you vegetables! To keep things flavorful, we’re loading up on dried spices!

  • Ground Turkey – I use extra lean ground turkey to keep these tacos lower in fat and calories, but for more flavor and moisture, feel free to use ground turkey with a higher fat content.
  • Yellow Onion, Green Bell Pepper, and Red Bell Pepper – the classic veggie combination in all my Mexican-inspired dishes.
  • Chili Powder – gives the tacos some spice. Increase the amount if you like more spice!
  • Smoked Paprika – adds a nice smoky flavor.
  • Cumin and Garlic Powder – provides the tacos with that earthy, nutty taste.
  • Salt and Pepper – brings out the flavors of the other ingredients and adds a little extra heat.
  • Water – adds moisture to the otherwise super lean turkey.

Lettuce wrap turkey taco being held

How to make turkey tacos

These ground turkey tacos literally take minutes to come together, can be used SO many different ways (think tacos, burrito bowls, salads, etc), and are full of nutritious ingredients! The perfect weeknight meal that’s sure to be a family favorite.

  1. Cook turkey, veggies, and spices in a large non-stick skillet.
  2. Stir in water, taste and re-season if necessary, then serve and enjoy!

See? SO EASY! This turkey taco recipe is exactly what you need. Meal prep doesn’t have to be difficult OR boring!

Three turkey tacos on a plate held

Turkey taco toppings

To garnish these turkey tacos, just pick your favorite taco toppings! I love to serve mine in hard or soft taco shells or, for a lower carb version, in living lettuce for lettuce wraps! Then I top it with any or all of the following:

What would YOU top your turkey tacos with?

How to store

The fully cooked and cooled turkey taco meat can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months!

To reheat, simply pop in the microwave until warmed through.

Closeup of turkey taco on plate

Add these turkey tacos to your weekly rotation . . . you won’t be disappointed!

– Jennifer

Three turkey tacos on a plate above


Turkey Tacos

At fewer than 200 calories per serving, these Turkey Tacos are easy, healthy, delicious, and perfect for meal prep! They are loaded with extra lean ground turkey, onion, bell peppers, and spices: chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper! 
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword healthy, meal prep, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 191kcal


  • Cast Iron Skillet


  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey can use higher fat for more flavor/moisture
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt more to less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup water *


  • Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium/medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add in turkey, onion, bell peppers, and spices.
  • Cook, breaking up meat as you go along, until meat is no longer pink and the veggies are tender.
  • Once the meat is almost fully cooked, stir in 1/4 cup water, and simmer until thickened.
  • Taste and re-season, if necessary, and serve!
  • Serving ideas: hard/soft taco shell, living lettuce for lettuce cups, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, greek yogurt, salsa, beans, corn, cilantro, etc!



*Because these are so low in fat, these aren’t going to be as tender as beef tacos, but the water helps keep these moist. 

**These can easily be doubled, etc!


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 793mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3865IU | Vitamin C: 86.6mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.4mg

This post was originally published April 2, 2018 and has been updated to provide more detailed content. 

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