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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.

Recipe by Cooking Light September 2016


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 2 tacos)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

353 calories; fat 19.2g; saturated fat 5.4g; mono fat 5.5g; poly fat 3.1g; protein 28g; carbohydrates 19g; fiber 3g; cholesterol 87mg; iron 2mg; sodium 528mg; calcium 217mg; sugars 1g.