Skillet Tacos Recipe
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Skillet Tacos Recipe

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Like Mexican food? Then you’ll love this fast and healthy alternative to traditional tacos from Maria Gobel of Greenfield, Wisconsin. With its Southwestern flair and popular ingredients, it’s a dish you’ll make often.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup picante sauce
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup crushed baked tortilla chip scoops
  • 1/4 cup chopped avocado
  • Iceberg lettuce wedges and fat-free sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 267 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 795 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch 1 vegetable 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion and green pepper over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, macaroni, water and picante sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
  3. Divide between two plates; top with cheese, tortilla chips and avocado. Serve with lettuce and sour cream if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Skillet Tacos in Cooking for 2 Summer 2007, p33

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Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"The recipe as written was a little bland for me. I added some salt, cumin and chili powder. Pretty good weeknight recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"We made this recipe for 8 servings, so I added a packet of taco seasoning to this recipe, and it was delicious! It even tasted better the next day as leftover!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"This was an absolutely amazing dish! I was hesitant to make it because of the macaroni noodles, but they compliment the dish well. This is a welcomed healthy version of tacos. My roommate and I loved it and I will definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"It was edible but seems to be missing something although I it didnt seem bland. I think it was that the pasta just didnt taste right with the other ingredients. My husband and I ate it."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"I doubled the recipe. I thought this was good...nothing special. Was surprised when my husband said he really liked it. Was even more surprised when my 2 year old, who we have trouble getting to eat supper, almost cleaned his plate! I had the leftovers the next day for lunch and it was so much better the next day!"

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