4 turkey tacos on a platter with cheese taco shells
  • Moderate
  • 35 Minutes
  • Serves 4

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories: 502
  • Fat: 35.1g (Saturated Fat: 9.8g)
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5.2g
  • Protein: 40.4g
  • Sodium: 646mg

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  • 4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 4 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder (ground)
  • ½ tsp salt + more to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely sliced green onions
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • ½ cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup guacamole (see Notes below for recipe)
  • Plain Greek-style yogurt or VEBA Avocado Cilantro Crema (see Notes below for recipe)
  • Salsa of your choice (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Sliced jalapenos (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two 11” x 17” large baking sheet with parchment paper squares that is cut into 6 pieces so that they can be removed individually. Spoon about 3 tablespoons/22 grams of the cheddar into circles a few inches apart. Bake until the cheese is bubbly, and edges are beginning to turn golden, about 11-12 minutes. Let the shells cool on baking sheet for 60-90 seconds. Pick up the sides of the individual papers and bring ½ inch together to form a taco shell shape. You can also drape them over a wooden spoon or spatula handle. Let them sit until cooled.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, then add ground turkey, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until the turkey is cooked all of the way through (about 7 minutes). Add the spices and salt. Turn off the heat and fold in the green onions and cilantro.
  3. Transfer cheese taco shells to a serving plate. Fill each one with turkey and top with any or all of the toppings. This is a terrific “make your own” meal!