TacosMake your taco meat ground turkey and add grated carrot and tomato for extra flavor and nutrition.

Buy grated part-skim mozzarella in bulk – it is the most versatile cheese and you can use in almost any recipe and is several grams lower in fat than cheddar. Great way to use up left over cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and extra salsa that lingers at the bottom of the jar.

Makes 12 tacos


Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 tacos

Serving Size: 3 taco

Calories per serving: 440 calories

Fat per serving: 17 g fat (5 g saturated)



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 package 40% less sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons "no salt added" tomato paste
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded 2 % reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 3-4 large romaine lettuce leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 12-count package corn taco shells
  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons jarred salsa


  • Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Add the turkey, carrot, and celery, and garlic. Cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until meat begins to brown and the vegetables soften. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and add tomato paste. Continue to cook an additional 1-2 minutes until the spices become fragrant. Add 3/4 cup of water. Reduce to a simmer and cook 5-10 minutes until turkey is no longer pink in the center and a thick sauce forms.
  • Meanwhile, place corn tortillas in oven or toaster oven heated to 350F for 15-20 minutes or until warm. Assemble tacos by spooning in 2 tablespoons meat, cheese, lettuce, and salsa. Serve with sour cream and salsa tableside.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (3 tacos): 440 calories. 38 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat (5 g saturated), 70 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 784 mg sodium.

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 11



  1. Hello!
    I’m thinking of doing this recipe, but I don’t have available turkey meat in my fridge currently so, would ground (all most lean) beef do?

    Thanks for your help!


    • Hi Edeline!

      Yes, you can use lean ground beef, (ground sirloin is best) though is much higher in saturated fat compared to turkey. Beef is ok in moderation, I have my bistro style beef burger once in a while 🙂

  2. I just got done eating this recipe and it was very tasty! I was unsure about the turkey because Im not really a turkey fan but it turned out great. Thanks!

  3. I’m new to this site. Why don’t you have nutritional information included with the recipes?

  4. Does using beef stock in the cooking of the turkey signicantly effect the fat content?

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