Homemade healthy tacos are filled with my go-to clean eating Mexican taco meat recipe and any other favorite toppings you love on your tacos. These healthy tacos make for an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy, even your pickiest eaters!

soft tacos topped with diced avocado, sliced jalapeño and chopped cilantro

This post was originally published on September 14, 2015. It was republished on July 23, 2019 with updated photos and recipe tips.

When I’m looking for an easy dinner that I know my kids will happily eat, I often turn to tacos. We enjoy this taco meat recipe several times a month, it’s so fast and easy! I put out a condiments bar and let everyone assemble their perfect taco, this is a great recipe for entertaining too. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person that didn’t love tacos!

How To Make Taco Meat?

For this taco meat recipe, you’ll need ground meat, seasonings, an onion, jalapeños, garlic, salsa (or tomato sauce) and tomato paste. To keep these tacos lower in calories and fat, I like to use lean ground turkey or chicken.

ingredients to make Healthy Taco Meat Recipe including ground turkey and spices

Start by sautéing the onion and jalapeño in a large skillet, until soft. Add in the garlic and continue to cook for a few minutes. Once cooked, transfer the mixture to a small bowl.

onion and jalapeño sautéing in a cast iron skillet

Now add the ground turkey to the same skillet and cook until no longer pink. Then stir in seasonings.

Finally, stir in all of the other ingredients – onion mixture, salsa (or tomato sauce), and tomato paste.

It’s time to start filling your tacos!

How To Serve Taco Meat

Of course, this Mexican taco meat is great served taco-style. You can use the traditional hard shells, which my kids usually prefer. But the soft flour tortillas will work great and that’s typically what my husband and I enjoy.

Don’t stop with tacos, though, use this tasty taco meat for taco salads, burritos, quesadillas and more. The possibilities are endless!

Taco Seasoning Tips

This taco meat is very kid-friendly, however, if your kiddos or you are sensitive to extra spice, leave out one or both of the jalapeños, cut the chili powder down to 1 teaspoon and use more tomato sauce than salsa. These tacos are super versatile, so just adjust according to your family’s preference.

Healthy Taco Meat cooking in a large cast iron skillet

What To Serve With Tacos?

Beyond the signature dish itself, it’s nice to have a side dish or two to round out the meal. This healthy taco meat recipe pairs fabulously with my Best Damn Salsa (which has awesome reader feedback), my personal favorite homemade guacamole, and an easy Mexican brown rice recipe.

What Are The Best Toppings For Tacos?

I typically put out a toppings bar and include some or all of the following taco toppings.

  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Minced red onion
  • Jalapeño slices
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Olives
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Cilantro
  • Diced avocado

Other Recipes You’ll Love:

Super Simple Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Chickpea Avocado Tacos

Seared Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema

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Happy taco night, friends!

healthy soft tacos with avocado, jalapeño and cilantro
soft tacos topped with diced avocado, sliced jalapeño and chopped cilantro
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Nutrition Facts
Healthy Taco Meat Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.5g8%
Saturated Fat 1.4g9%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 375mg16%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1.6g7%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 15.5g31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:7 1/2 cup servings
Healthy Taco Meat Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 

Homemade healthy tacos are filled with my go-to clean eating Mexican taco meat recipe and any other favorite toppings you love on your tacos. These healthy tacos make for an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy, even your pickiest eaters!

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or salsa (or a combination of the two)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6-7 taco shells or tortillas
  • Optional for topping: guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomato, fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and jalapeños; cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes and until onions are soft.
  3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Add turkey to the same skillet; cook, over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to break up turkey, for 8 to 10 minutes and until turkey is no longer pink.
  5. Season with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.
  6. Add onion mixture, tomato sauce or salsa (or a combination of the two) and tomato paste. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low, stirring frequently for about 8 minutes and until mixture thickens.
  7. Serve in tortillas or taco shells with all of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy taco meat, healthy taco recipe, low calorie taco meat

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