Your New Go-To Recipe for Taco Tuesday!

It's Taco Tuesday, friends! How's your week going so far? Mine has been pretty good- still chipping away at my research project for grad school (I'm working towards getting my study published) and job hunting. I was told yesterday that those of you who are subscribed to the blog aren't receiving your daily email, and I just wanted to let you know that I'm working on fixing that problem ASAP, sorry about that, guys!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite taco recipes with you. Yesterday I posted the picture that's above on my Instagram (username is joyfullyjenna if you want to follow me) and asked you all to guess what recipe you thought it would be! Well, from the title of this post you can see that I'll be sharing a taco recipe for Taco Tuesday! It's easy, it's healthy, and it's quite yummy in my opinion! I love, love, love Mexican food (give me all of the guacamole, por favor), but some of the standard dishes aren't the healthiest and can leave you feeling not so great, which is where this recipe comes in. I found this recipe and have been using it for about three years now, and it's an absolute go-to in my house. Subbing the turkey meat instead of ground beef really lightens up this dish, which I love. And like I said, it's EASY which is perfect for weeknight dinners, and you'll usually have a good amount of leftovers - it makes the perfect lunch to pack for school or work!

Whenever I make these tacos I always make homemade guacamole and salsa to go along with them, which increases the prep time a bit. So, if you're short on time you can absolutely buy prepared salsa and guacamole! Trader Joes has a really good guacamole - I believe it's their "less guilt" one that has greek yogurt mixed in. I know that might sound a little strange, but it's honestly really good. TJ's also has some great salsa options, so I would suggest going there if you don't want to make your own. If you do want to make your own - click HERE for the guacamole recipe I swear by and HERE for the salsa recipe. 

I also grab whole wheat tortillas for the tacos (I grabbed the Whole Foods 365 brand this time) and I'll use those, or sometimes (like last night actually) I'll just make myself a little taco bowl. I always make sure to grab a container of mixed greens as well, to either throw on the tortilla or into my taco bowl. You also can see in the picture below that I had some tortilla chips on the side for me and my parents to snack on (Whole Foods 365 brand, unsalted) and some shredded cheese to throw on our tacos. For those sour cream lovers out there, try using plain greek yogurt instead. I know, I know it sounds kind of weird - who puts yogurt on their tacos?? But just trust me and try it!

Alrighty, friends, let's get into the turkey taco recipe! Here are the ingredients that you'll need for your next Taco Tuesday: 

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 or 2 jalapeños (depends on how spicy you like your tacos)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey (sometimes I make 2 pounds so I have more for lunches)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime
  • Tortillas 
  • Salsa & Guacamole 
  • Greek yogurt for the sour cream lovers!
  • Spring mix or lettuce

So, how do you prepare these bad boys? Here are the steps...

  1. Peel and mince garlic; finely chop the jalapeños, removing the stems (obviously), and also the seeds, if you want to tame their spicy power. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and the jalapeños. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and soft, about two minutes. Add the cumin and cayenne and stir to combine until the spices sizzle, about 30 seconds. Add the turkey and the salt. Stir to combine and break up the meat with the back of a spoon or spatula. 
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally until the turkey is cooked through. 
  4. While the turkey cooks, chop up the cilantro leaves. 
  5. When the turkey is fully cooked, take it off the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro. Juice the lime over the meat and stir to combine. 

Voila, healthy tacos! Go ahead and scoop some of that turkey meat into a bowl or onto your tortilla, and then add your favorite toppings. These tacos are so easy, fool-proof, and so, so good! Invite your girlfriends over for girls night and have these for dinner, or make them for your significant other for your next date night, they may or may not go really well with a frozen margarita ;P. 

That's it for today, guys! I would love to know if you end up making this recipe. If you do, let me know in the comments or post a picture of your taco to Instagram and tag me (username: joyfullyjenna)!

Catch ya next time!