TURKEY TACOS RECIPE with Corn Tortillas. How about homemade corn tortillas filled with seasoned roasted turkey, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeño, red onion, garlic, cilantro and lime, and topped with tangy salsas and Mexican cheese. This TURKEY TACOS RECIPE is it!
This TURKEY TACOS RECIPE is a great example of what happens when we take a food concept, break it down and build it back up with an eye to making it healthy and homemade. We spent a ton of time looking at the various components to this culinary classic, and now proudly present it for all to enjoy.
Here we go then – our guide to making the ultimate TURKEY TACOS RECIPE!
TOOLS – The only special tool required to make these is a tortilla press. See our AMAZON link below to purchase. We bought a tortilla press for this story and found it both easy to operate and up to the task.
TORTILLAS – We’re sending a huge thank you and all our love to our friend Mireille from Amsterdam. She’s a fellow YouTuber, and in our minds, the queen of tortillas. Click to visit her website or to go to her channel, both of which are founded on ways to make recipes that prominently feature tortillas.
Mireille kindly let us use her fabulous recipe for authentic corn tortillas, which calls for only three ingredients. IMPORTANT! It’s essential to use MASA HARINA, a specific type of corn flour. I had no trouble finding the organic version from Bob’s Red Mill and have included it in the AMAZON links too!
Last three things about these tortillas: double the recipe if you’re serving a crowd, if you have kids in your midst, involve them in making them (fun!) and lastly… wait for it… the tortillas are 100% gluten-free - yay!
TACO SEASONING – Having now prepared, tested and eaten many of these, we know that the spice blend we created contributes greatly to the taste sensation that this recipe delivers. Don’t be mad at me, but you will need to track down a few unusual ingredients to make it: ancho chili powder, chipotle powder, and Aleppo pepper flakes. I suggest calling a health food store or spice shop if you’re buying local, but I’ve also attached AMAZON links for them below.
The good news about the taco seasoning is that I’ve directed you to just add it to taste, so the amount this taco seasoning recipe yields will leave you with more than enough, and you can store the excess in an airtight container for future use.
ROASTED TURKEY – We specifically used turkey to change things up from the standard beef versions, and we also decided to use a roast turkey breast instead of sautéing ground turkey. We think roasting the breast produces a richer flavour profile.
VEGETABLE MIX – We made a conscious decision to amp up the flavour of the filling for our turkey tacos by including both yellow and heirloom tomatoes along with red onion, scallion, garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro. Balancing these flavours with salt and a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice is what knocks the recipe out of the park.
QUESO – Tracking down and selecting cheese for what we now know to be the perfect queso for this recipe took some time, but I think we nailed it. Considering my options, I initially thought that either cheddar or Monterey Jack would do the trick, but I learned of an even better option from the shop owner who suggested we use Duro Blando, a crumbly, salty Hispanic cheese. I encourage you to track some down – it pairs perfectly with the rest of the ingredients.
SALSAS – I ended up purchasing the salsas for our tacos from Nancy at Manota’s Organics in St. Lawrence Market. She’s an expert at preparing authentic Spanish and Central and South American delicacies like this, and adding all three – tomatillo pico de gallo, tomato salsa and her extraordinary guajillo chile salsa – got my taste buds bouncing!
OMISSION – Sorry! We got so excited while shooting the story we forgot to dice up the perfectly ripened avocado you may notice sitting there in our ingredients photo - bummer!
SERVICE – As you flip through the photos, you’ll see we’re giving you options to serve. You can set out all the fixings for this turkey taco recipe and allow friends and family to make their own. You can also dress the tacos and lay them out flat as a grab-and-go option, or dress and then fold them into the classic crescent shape and place onto a platter, perfect for a party. The choice is yours.
Looking for additional flavourful things to go with our TURKEY TACOS RECIPE? Start things off with a CUCUMBER COOLER and when you present the tacos, serve them with a side of our delicious grilled corn dish, ELOTE - Mexican Street Corn.
This TURKEY TACOS RECIPE is a fiesta in the making. Party on!
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