When All Else Fails

For several years now, Turkey Tacos has been one of those “when all else fails” meals. With some ground meat, a taco packet, and a few fixings, a complete meal is born. And it always hits the spot. In fact, Turkey Tacos are so simple, my husband has been known to make them for me from time to time.

Since Turkey Tacos were a go-to at my house for so long, it seemed like they finally wore out their welcome. We hadn’t had them for quite some time, until last night. I was intrigued by a new recipe, which included¬†diced tomatoes, garlic,¬†jalapeno pepper, and onion, all mixed into the ground turkey meat. With the subtraction of the taco packet, and the addition of fresh authentic flavors, these Turkey Tacos Picadillo went from “when all else fails” to “let’s have that again”.

And just like that, turkey tacos have been invited back to our dinner table…
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Turkey Tacos Picadillo

Source: Food Network

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

What To Do

  1. Put the oil, onions, garlic, jalapeno, and spices in a medium skillet, season with salt and cook over medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the tomatoes and boil to thicken, about 2 minutes. Stir in the turkey and chicken broth, adjust the heat so the mixture simmers and cook until the turkey is cooked through and the mixture thickens but is not dry, about 12 minutes.
  3. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve with corn or flour tortillas, and lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, guacamole, or any of your other favorite taco toppings.

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