Turkey Soft Tacos Recipe

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“Though I’m not a native of San Antonio, I do enjoy the spicy local flavor,” Pattie McGlinchey says from Texas. “Bean-and-corn turkey tacos are my 5-year-old’s favorite. I love that they’re a cinch to put together and healthy, too…but don’t tell that to my son!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 378 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add half of the tomatoes. Stir in the water, paprika, cumin, chili powder and salt. Add beans and corn; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Place about 1/2 cup turkey mixture down the center of each tortilla; top with 1 tablespoon cheese. Fold sides of tortilla over filling. Serve with green onions, cilantro and remaining tomatoes and cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Turkey Soft Tacos in Light & Tasty August/September 2005, p6

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deannasnz User ID: 6542477 122213
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"Not awful, but very boring."

taren User ID: 156543 141950
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"Used 1# extra lean ground beef (93/7) in place of ground turkey. Needs more spice, would increase the amount of chili powder to 2-3 teaspoons."

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