Taco Meat

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Turkey Taco Meat

This taco meat doesn’t require any store-bought seasoning packets but it is just as easy to make.  It is so juicy and flavorful that you can easily substitute ground turkey or chicken for a healthier option (and some people might not even notice a difference!).

I use this recipe as my guide when I need a meat for tacos, nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas or taco salads.  I typically don’t measure the ingredients but season it to taste each time depending on what I have in the kitchen. 

Taco Meat
Recipe type: Main Course
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Serves: 4
This taco meat doesn't require any store-bought seasoning packets but it is just as easy to make. It is so flavorful that you can substitute ground chicken or turkey for a healthier option and some people might not even notice a difference!
  • 1 lb ground beef/turkey/chicken
  • Roughly 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1-2 chopped jalapeño peppers, to taste
  • Chili powder, to taste and to color (this will make it dark red)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce (or tomato paste with chicken broth)
  1. Brown the meat with the chopped onion and jalapeños.
  2. Add one small can of tomato sauce.
  3. Add the chili powder until the meat becomes dark red.
  4. Heat the meat and add 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp oregano, ¼ tsp black pepper and 1 tsp garlic powder.
  5. Let the meat simmer for 5-10 minutes, seasoning it to taste.

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