Turkey Tacos

Turkey TacosI ask you this question… Who DOESN’T love tacos? (If a loved one’s name just popped into your head, make this recipe right now, invite them over to try it, and BOOM! Problem solved.)

The glory of tacos is that they can be modified in a bazillion different ways depending on your mood and culinary preference. Fish tacos…pork tacos…beef tacos….let’s face it, they’re all just different varieties of Awesome Tacos.

This recipe for Turkey Tacos kind of caught the Curly-Haired Chick off guard. When I told her we’d be adding beer to the mix she was elated. (The CHC and the BFD do enjoy the cold refreshment of an IPA from time to time.) When I further explained that we’d be tossing in a quarter cup of chopped golden raisins, she threatened to leave me.

Not really…but the reaction was not one of joy.

Then….oh, glorious, then…she took a bite of these handfuls of taco tastiness and her mood lifted, her eyes brightened, and the heavens opened up with taco-y songs of jubilation. You see, the beer adds flavor and the raisins keep the whole mixture from drying out. This is pretty important because dry tacos are some of the ONLY tacos that fall outside of the Awesome Taco circle in the Venn diagram of deliciousness.

Now, if there is STILL anyone you can think of that doesn’t love tacos, you may want to stage an intervention as soon as possible. It’s the kind and loving thing to do. Just be sure to have a couple plates of these babies ready for when reason and good taste prevail.

Turkey Tacos
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Bald Food Dude
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 8
This is a great dish for family dinner, game night, block parties, and anytime you want some handheld tastiness. A couple of ingredients may catch your attention as being a bit unusual: beer and golden raisins. They both keep the meat moist and do a great job of bumping up the flavor without drawing too much attention.
Ingredients
  • Taco Filling:
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • For Building the Tacos:
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, shredded
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • corn tortillas
  • For Garnish:
  • salsa verde
  • cilantro
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the ground turkey and break up with a spoon. Flavor the meat with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
  3. Add the garlic, onions, and raisins to the meat, then season with the chili powder and cumin.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the beer and deglaze the pan.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. To assemble the tacos, fill tortillas with a couple spoons of seasoned turkey meat and top with shredded cheese. Finish with lettuce, tomato, salsa, cilantro, sour cream, and any other tasty topping you enjoy.
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