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Granny Smith's Tex Mex Turkey Tacos

Granny Smith's Tex-Mex Turkey Tacos is a long-time family favorite for using up leftover turkey. A soft rolled taco, (think enchilada style) of shredded turkey in a savory sauce wrapped in corn tortillas then topped with crisp lettuce and avocado slices
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Poultry
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 6
Calories 512 kcal


  • 6 cups leftover turkey meat preferably dark meat
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 - 4 cups chicken stock or use a combo of chicken and turkey stock
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons chili powder preferably (for you Gail) Gebhardt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or to taste, crushed between your fingertips
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Toppings
  • 2 - 3 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream optional
  • Salsa or Taco Sauce optional


  • Shred the turkey; set aside.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet; add the onion and garlic; saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour; saute for a few minutes; add the tomatoes and half the stock, stir well.
    Add the spices and simmer 10 minutes. Add the turkey and enough stock to cover; simmer 15 minutes. Taste; adjust seasonings. Add additional stock, if necessary.
  • Meanwhile, brush the tortillas with some olive oil; place on a cookie sheet and set in a 325°F oven until they become pliable, about 2 - 3 minutes. Dip a tortilla into the simmering sauce; place on an individual warmed plate. Using a slotted spoon, fill with a portion of the turkey mixture; roll the tortilla to resemble an enchilada, continue, filling, and rolling (2 - 3 rolled "tacos" per plate). Once all the tortillas are filled, spoon additional sauce and turkey over the top. Top with shredded lettuce, avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.


Note: Nutritional information may not be 100% accurate.
If you should decide to use ground turkey, buy regular ground turkey not just breast meat to get a fuller flavor. Cook the meat it's no longer raw, then proceed with the recipe.
If using flour tortillas, do not soften them, just let them come to room temperature. 


Serving: 1 servingSodium: 635mgFiber: 5gCholesterol: 109mgCalories: 512kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 20gProtein: 48gCarbohydrates: 36g
Keyword ground turkey taco, leftover turkey taco, rolled turkey taco
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