Sunday, November 15, 2009

Turkey Tacos

I love Mexican food, and these tacos are a quick and easy weeknight meal. Using turkey is an awesome alternative to beef, but one problem is that it can dry out easily, and another is it is lacking the same flavor as beef. I hadn't made these for years, but they really turned out great.

I started with one package of ground turkey. Make sure you don't get the extra lean, as it will tend to dry out. I chopped half of a Vidalia onion, and threw it in a hot pan with some olive oil and let it cook for a couple of minutes. I then threw in the pack of turkey, added some salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Next came a can of fire roasted green chilis, and cilantro. I cheated on the cilantro and used two cubes of frozen chopped cilantro (you can find it at Trader Joe's).

As that cooked, I sliced a Florida avocado. Florida avocado's differ from traditional Hass avocado's, in that they have a smooth green skin, and are about twice as large. The flavor is less creamy, but they have less fat, and thus were in keeping with my healthyishness theme.

I let the meat simmer for about 15 minutes, until it was all cooked almost through, put in some chicken stock, and threw a lid on, to let it simmer. The lid and stock really help keep the meat moist.

To serve, I garnished with some thinly sliced Avocado, chopped onions, and special sour cream sauce on flour tortillas. I take some thin authentic salsa, and mix it with some sour cream. It is quite simple, but it is absolutely delicious. It adds a some flair to chips and salsa, and really pulls a quick Mexican meal together. Plus you cut some of the fat of the sour cream with salsa. So try this meal if you need a quick healthy weeknight meal. You won't be disappointed.

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