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.
Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl; add red pepper, if desired.
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.
Heat taco shells according to package directions.
Fill shells evenly with turkey filling, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cheese.
Recipe adapted with permission from The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket, copyright 2012 by Katie Workman, Workman Publishing Company.