Family-Style Taco Night

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Family-Style Taco Night Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

For family taco night, set out the filling, taco shells, and toppings, and let everyone craft their own unique creations. Rather than a store bought taco mix pack, we created a simple homemade blend of basic pantry spices. It takes no more than five minutes to measure it all out and blend it up, and provides excellent flavor to a comforting, uncomplicated meal.

Serves 8 (serving size: 2 tacos)


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1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dash of ground red pepper (optional)
Cooking spray
2 pounds ground turkey
3/4 cup water
16 crunchy taco shells
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup chopped avocado (about 1)
4 ounces 2% reduced-fat preshredded Mexican-blend cheese (about 1 cup)


Active: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl; add red pepper, if desired.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Sprinkle with spice mixture; cook 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add 3/4 cup water; cook 4 minutes or until thickened and meat is done.

3. Heat taco shells according to package directions.

4. Fill shells evenly with turkey filling, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cheese.

Created date

July 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 353
Fat 19.2 g
Satfat 5.4 g
Monofat 5.5 g
Polyfat 3.1 g
Protein 28 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 87 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 528 mg
Calcium 217 mg
Sugars 1 g
Est. Added Sugars 0 g