Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

A combination of lean ground beef and ultra-lean ground turkey breast makes a less-greasy filling. Bypass taco-seasoning packets in favor of making your own full-flavored filling.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 8 ounces 93%-lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey breast
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, preferably Rotel brand (see Tip), or 1¼ cups petite-diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile, or 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano


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  1. Place beef, turkey and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain off fat. Wipe out the pan. Return the meat to the pan and add tomatoes, cumin, ground chipotle (or chili powder) and oregano. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat just before serving.
  • Tip: Look for Rotel brand diced tomatoes with green chiles—original or mild, depending on your spice preference—and set the heat level with either ground chipotle chile (adds smoky heat) or chili powder (adds rich chili taste without extra spice).

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ½ cup
  • Per serving: 108 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 3 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 42 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 70 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 7 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 252 mg sodium; 26 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean meat

Reviews 8

September 11, 2018
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By: RaisinHell91
I used the chipotle plus 1/2 tsp chili powder and added garlic powder and more cumin. It came out great. I like the combo of turkey and beef.
June 26, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing! This is really yummy taco meat. I make it with all ground turkey because I don't eat beef. My husband LOVES it and my children like it also. It is a regular in my home.
November 23, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
It was good, nothing AH-MAZING, but good enough for my husband to stop eating and say, "Hmm. This is good." Great go to recipe.
October 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This was fantastic. I can't handle a lot of spice... but this perfect, a little bit of heat, and lots of flavor even with the turkey. I used this in a taco salad with chips, lettuce, this taco meat, some fresh tomatoes, and instead of using sour cream, or cheese, I just cut up an avacado to add some creamy-ness to top it off. Fantastic!
August 30, 2010
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By: randi_renee
Fan-freaking-tastic! I used ground bison instead of the beef/turkey mix, and pico de gallo instead of Rotel. I also added a little cayenne and garlic powder. My husband and I gobbled them up. I will definitely make this again...well, I'll make EatingWell tacos again.
July 17, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
It's very good! I would definitely recommend it!
May 04, 2010
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By: cg
Altered recipe with ingredients I had on hand...using 16oz. of beef and 3/4 cup of ready-made salsa sauce (medium heat) instead of the canned tomatoes. Tossed the meat mixture on lime taco chips which were sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese (placed on cookie sheet). Baked in oven (375 degrees) until cheese was melted. Served with guacamole and a tossed salad. My husband loved the flavors. Yum! Love having a recipe for a taco sauce (used chili powder).
September 04, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This meat was good, nothing to exciting. I suggest adding some salt, but add to taste. Also not very spicy, so if you are expecting spice, add something to make it that way
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