Ground Turkey Taco Bowls are such a tasty dinner; for a low-carb version of the recipe just double the turkey and skip the black beans!

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Ground Turkey Taco Bowls with ingredients shown in two cabbage bowls topped with avocado salsa

After I posted the recipe for Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl that was the brilliant idea of my friend Jeanne, it quickly become one of my favorites to make for a quick dinner.  And you know how my brain takes a good recipe idea and spins it off into another fun variation, so now I’ve taken the basic idea of a bowl that starts with Spicy Mexican Slaw and made a version with turkey and Mexican flavors.

These very tasty Ground Turkey Taco Bowls feature finely diced fresh Poblano chile pepper in the cabbage slaw and the salsa, and everything about this combination is amazingly flavorful. Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, and this recipe might become your favorite new way to get more cabbage into your diet! 

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What if you’re not a cilantro fan?

If you don’t enjoy the flavor of fresh cilantro, just replace it with thinly sliced green onion in these taco bowls.

How can you make Ground Turkey Taco Bowls that are lower in carbs?

If you don’t want the extra carbs from the black beans, just double the amount of turkey and skip the beans and this will still be a delicious Mexican bowl meal.

Want more ideas for tasty bowl meals?

Check out Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over for lots more tasty ideas for meals in a bowl.

Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa process shots collage

How to Make Ground Turkey Taco Bowls:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Heat olive oil and then saute the onion until it’s starting to brown.  Add Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning and garlic and saute about a minute more.
  2. Then add the ground turkey and cook over medium high heat, breaking apart with the turner, until it’s nicely browned, about 8-10 minutes. (If you’re wanting to make the low-carb version, double the ground turkey and don’t add the black beans in the next step.)
  3. Add the diced green chiles and juice from the can, 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 can rinsed black beans, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and a little water, and let the meat mixture simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 40 minutes.  (You can turn up the heat if you need to speed it up, but the long simmering time builds flavor.)
  4. When the liquid in the meat mixture has all evaporated like this photo, you’re ready to assemble the bowls.
  5. While the meat simmers, make the avocado salsa and the slaw. Start by finely chopping cilantro and finely dicing red onion and half a Poblano chile pepper for the salsa.  
  6. Whisk together mayo, lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce, and a little Vege-Sal or salt to make the dressing.
  7. Finely dice the other half of the Poblano chile. We used the Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) I got from a student to thinly slice the cabbage, but you can also cut it with a knife.
  8. Add the poblano and onion to the cabbage and when the meat is nearly done, toss the cabbage with the dressing.
  9. Also cut up the avocado into smallish pieces and toss with fresh lime juice, red onion, chopped cilantro, chopped poblano, olive oil, and salt or Vege-Sal  to make the salsa. (Blogger FAIL, I forgot to get a photo of the salsa mixed together; please use your imagination for that.
  10. Put some of the spicy slaw mixture into the bottom of each bowl. Top that with about 2/3 cup of the meat mixture.
  11. Top that with a generous scoop of the avocado salsa and enjoy!

Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl finished bowls ready to eat

More Healthy Mexican Dinners with Ground Turkey:

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Low-Carb Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Green Chile Turkey Enchilada Soup

Turkey and Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl finished bowls ready to eat
Yield: 6 servings

Ground Turkey Taco Bowls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

These Ground Turkey Taco Bowls are a delicious meal-in-a-bowl; skip the black beans and double the turkey for a lower-carb version of this recipe.

Ingredients

Meat Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1 T olive oil (divided)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 T Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or use any Taco Seasoning you have on hand)
  • 2 tsp. dried granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • one 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • one 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • one 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed with cold water
  • 3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
  • 2 T water

Avocado Salsa Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large Poblano chile pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 large avocado, diced into pieces about 1/2 inch square
  • 2 T fresh squeezed lime juice, divided (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Vege-Sal

Spicy Slaw Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large head green cabbage, core removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 large head red cabbage, core removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large Poblano chile pepper, finely diced
  • 5 T mayo
  • 3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
  • 1 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (or more to taste)
  • Vege-Sal (or salt) to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large frying pan and saute the onion until it starts to brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and granulated garlic and saute about 1 minute more.
  3. Then add the ground turkey and cook over medium high heat, breaking apart with the turner as it cooks, until the turkey is nicely browned. This will take 8-10 minutes, but don’t rush the browning step.
  4. Add the green chiles (affiliate link) and juice, crushed tomatoes, rinsed black beans, 1/4 cup lime juice and 2 T water, stir to combine, turn the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 40 minutes.  (You can turn up the heat if you need to speed it up, but the long simmering time builds flavor.)
  5. While the meat simmers, chop the cilantro and finely dice the red onion and half the Poblano chile for the salsa.
  6. Peel the avocado, remove the stem and cut the avocado into 1/2 inch pieces.
  7. Put the avocado into a bowl and toss with 1 T lime juice.
  8. Stir in the chopped cilantro, diced red onion, diced poblano chile, olive oil, and the other 2 T lime juice, and season with Vege-Sal (affiliate link) (or salt).
  9. Set salsa aside until you’re ready to use it.
  10. Thinly slice the red and green cabbage. (We used the mandoline I got from a student (affiliate link) to slice the cabbage, but you can use a knife)
  11. Dice the other half of the Poblano chile pepper into small pieces.
  12. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and Vege-Sal (affiliate link) to make the dressing.
  13. When the meat mixture is about done, combine the green cabbage, red cabbage, and diced Poblano in a bowl and toss with the dressing.
  14. To assemble the bowls, put some of the spicy slaw in the bottom of each bowl.
  15. Top with about 2/3 cup of the meat mixture and a generous scoop of the avocado salsa.
  16. Eat right away.
  17. The meat mixture and the avocado salsa can be stored in the fridge for a day or two, but if this makes more than you can use for one meal I would store the extra sliced cabbage mixture and dressing separately and not mix the dressing with the cabbage mixture until just before you’re going to eat it.

Notes

For this recipe I used Kalyn’s Taco Seasoningfresh-frozen lime juicePoblano chile pepperVege-Sal, and Green Tabasco Sauce.

This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowls.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 743mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 11gSugar: 9gProtein: 29g

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These Ground Turkey Taco Bowls would be suitable for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. Even though there are beans I would consider this a relatively low-carb meal because there aren’t a lot of beans in proportion to the other ingredients, but for a truly low carb version, just omit the black beans and double the amount of ground turkey.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
These taco bowls with ground turkey, black beans, cabbage slaw, and avocado salsa were first posted in 2014. The recipe was updated with more information and an option to make it a low-carb meal in 2022.

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