Ground Turkey Green Chile Tacos with Avocado Salsa (Video)
Perfectly-seasoned ground turkey, avocado salsa, and softened low-carb tortillas combine to make delicious Ground Turkey Green Chile Tacos.
You’ve probably noticed that I’m a constant cycle of updating old favorite recipes with better photos, and sometimes when I’m updating the photos I can’t help improving the recipe as well. So when I decided to take new photos for these Ground Turkey Green Chile Tacos from back in the archives, I realized that I could switch the previously-used black bean salsa for a low-carb salsa and use my favorite low-carb tortillas and this would be a delicious low-carb taco recipe!
And I’m always a fan of avocado salsa on tacos, so that’s how these Ground Turkey Green Chile Tacos with Avocado Salsa got reinvented!
If anyone is thinking that ground turkey might be a bit boring, I promise you there is nothing remotely boring about the perfectly-seasoned ground turkey in this recipe. In fact, if you try it, this might become one of your favorite recipes for tacos! But if you’re not a ground turkey fan, make these delicious low-carb tacos with ground beef and they’ll still be delicious. You can certainly add other toppings like cheese, sour cream, lettuce, or salsa if you wish. But please try these tasty tacos the next time you need a quick dinner idea!
This recipe makes quite a bit of taco meat, so I am adding it to a new recipe category I’m working on called Weekend Food Prep. It will take me a long time to go through all my recipes and pick the ones that are suitable for cooking or prepping on the weekend to eat during the week, but you can take a peek at the new category if you’re a fan of weekend cooking like I am, and I’ll announce it with more fanfare when I have a bigger collection of recipes added there!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- olive oil
- Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning or other taco seasoning of your choice
- lean ground turkey
- granulated garlic or Garlic Powder (affiliate link) (not garlic salt)
- canned diced green chiles (affiliate link)
- canned petite diced tomatoes
- fresh squeezed lime juice, I used my fresh-frozen lime juice
- salt to taste
- Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas (affiliate link)
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) for serving (optional but good,)
- red onion
- finely diced fresh cilantro (optional)
How to make this recipe:
(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)
- Brown the chopped onion in olive oil, then add Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning and cook a minute or two more.
- Add a tiny bit more oil and cook the ground turkey until it’s well browned.
- Then add the granulated garlic, petite dice tomatoes, diced green chiles, lime juice, and a little salt and let the mixture simmer on low for about 30 minutes, adding a little water occasionally if needed. (I think this long simmering time really ramps up the flavor, but you could probably get away with slightly less time if you needed to.)
- While the meat simmers, finely chop the cilantro and red onion.
- Dice the avocado and toss with 2 tablespoons lime juice.
- Then combine diced avocado, red onions, cilantro, one more tablespoon lime juice, and a little olive oil to make the salsa, and when the meat is done you’re ready to eat!
- If you’re only making a couple of tacos you can heat the tortillas in the microwave or a dry frying pan, but for a larger crowd I’d wrap a bunch of them in foil and heat them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Fill hot tortillas with the spicy ground turkey mixture and top with avocado salsa, or other taco toppings of your choice. Dinner is served!
More Recipes with Ground Turkey:
Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Ground Turkey ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Mushroom Ground Turkey ~ Reluctant Entertainer
Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Feta Basil Turkey Burgers ~ Fifteen Spatulas
Low-Carb Turkey Enchilada Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 T olive oil, divided
- 2 T Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (see notes)
- 1 1/2 lbs. extra lean ground turkey
- 1 T granulated garlic or garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- two 4 oz. cans diced green chiles, not drained
- one 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, not drained
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (or more if you like a lot of lime flavor; see notes.)
- salt to taste
- 8 Mission Carb-Balance low-carb tortillas, see notes
- Green Tabasco Sauce for serving (optional but good, see notes)
- 2 avocados, diced (see notes)
- 1/4 large red onion, diced small
- 1/2 bunch (or more) finely diced fresh cilantro
- 3 T fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 T olive oil
- Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and saute the chopped onion until it is starting to get nicely browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning and cook 1-2 minutes more.
- Then push the onion aside, add another tsp. of olive oil, and add the ground turkey. Cook the turkey until it’s well-browned, about 8-10 minutes.
- Add the granulated garlic, petite dice tomatoes, diced green chiles, lime juice, and a little salt, turn the heat to very low, and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring a few times and adding a little water if needed. (You can probably get by with a little less time, but the long cooking time combines the ingredients and ramps up the flavor.)
- While the ground turkey mixture is simmering, finely chop the cilantro and red onion.
- Dice the avocado and toss with 2 tablespoons of the lime juice.
- Combine the diced avocado, red onion, cilantro, additional tablespoon lime juice, and olive oil to make the salsa.
- When the meat mixture is nearly done, heat desired number of flour tortillas in the microwave or in a hot dry pan. (For larger groups, wrap tortillas in foil and heat them in a 350F/180C oven for 15-20 minutes.)
- To serve, fold over heated flour tortillas into half-moon shape, open and fill each tortilla about half full with the ground turkey mixture, top with a generous spoonful of avocado salsa, and eat with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to add at the table if desired. Other toppings can also be used such as cheese, sour cream, lettuce, or tomato salsa.
- This ground turkey taco mixture freezes well, so you might want to double the amount and freeze some for later. (I would not recommend freezing the salsa.)
For this recipe I used my frozen lime juice, my favorite low-carb tortillas, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and of course Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning! (Use your favorite purchased taco seasoning blend if you prefer.) You can replace avocado with a 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained well, for the original version of this recipe. Nutritional information is calculated using net carbs from the low-carb tortillas I recommend. This taco recipe was created by Kalyn and Jake.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I used low-carb tortillas, so with the avocado salsa this would be great for a low-carb diet, and also good for any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you’re making these tacos for the South Beach Diet, use ground turkey that’s not over 10% fat. The tacos would be phase 2 or 3 for South Beach, but you could use this ground turkey mixture and make a delicious taco salad or eat in lettuce wraps for Phase one or Keto diets.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2013. It was last updated in 2021.