Spicy tacos with low fat turkey that have sweet-hot flavor, using yams to give it a surprising twist.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
16 tacos
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put the diced yam in a microwave-safe bowl; cook in the microwave until cooked through and fork-tender, stirring once, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil and place over medium heat; cook and stir the turkey until crumbled and evenly brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper into the turkey and continue cooking until the onions begin to caramelize, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with the chili powder, cumin, Cajun seasoning, and salt. Pour the salsa over everything; fold the sweet potatoes into the mixture. Allow the mixture to cook until the excess moisture evaporates. Garnish with the cilantro. Serve with the warm tortillas.

Nutrition Facts

602 calories; protein 21.6g; carbohydrates 91.1g; fat 16.4g; cholesterol 31.4mg; sodium 1181.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2011
Delicious! Only change I made was to cut back on the jalapeños because I am a wimp. I used on pepper and it was just about right for me. I loved how the sweetness of the yam contrasted with the spices. I served this with fat free sour cream and in whole wheat tortillas Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2012
I was so excited to try these and they were just ok. Not sure if I didn't cook them right or what but it was lacking flavor (despite all of the ingredients). I used sweet potatoes because it is what I had on hand and there was just something missing from them. Won't be making agin. Read More
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156 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 123
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2011
Delicious! Only change I made was to cut back on the jalapeños because I am a wimp. I used on pepper and it was just about right for me. I loved how the sweetness of the yam contrasted with the spices. I served this with fat free sour cream and in whole wheat tortillas Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2011
So delicious! I made a few changes based on the Caribbean-style tacos I've enjoyed at restaurants. I used more Cajun seasoning and tomatillo salsa and a little less chili powder. I served it topped with cilantro, shredded cabbage, crushed pineapple and plain Greek yogurt. Spicy and sweet all in the same bite. I used 3 jalapeno peppers, but I don't think 4 would be too many. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2011
My buddy ate six of them. I set out some fresh limes to sqeeze on top it gave them a sweet sour and spicy taste. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2011
This recipe was great. I was a little nervous to try it because of the interesting combo but WOW am I glad I did. Even my dad and brother loved them and they are extremely picky eaters. I only used one jalapeno and served them with sour cream and cheddar cheese. I will definitely make these again! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2011
Just finished eating! YUM YUM followed it exactly with one tweak! I only used 2 Jalapeno peppers and it was just right...a good medium spice. Simple to do! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2011
Soooooooooo Good!!! I've never reviewed anything before but I tried this recipe because I had both the turkey and the yam to use up before they were bad and OMG am I glad I did. Being on a diet and always looking for recipes using ground turkey because there's only so much ground turkey a person can eat. I had only jarred jalapeno's so used those instead and didn't have tomatillo salsa either so I improvised with a can of Ortega chopped green chili's and some whole tomatillo's from a can that I chopped. Other than that I followed the recipe. I will use this one again and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2011
good recipe. Next time I make this recipe I'm going to use it as a casserole with a cornbread topping. Very uniue flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2011
We eat Ayurvedically (seasonally) and have moved from ground beef to turkey with the beginning of spring. Problem is: my husband does not like ground turkey. We ALL loved this recipe including my 4 year old son! I did not use creole seasoning made my own chili powder I topped the tacos with a tiny bit of cheddar guacamole and a drizzle of yogurt. I served them on warm (soft) corn tortillas. So good! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2011
We loved these! I used 2 jalapeno's and 1 habanero. The recipe sounds like it's going to be extremely spicy but the yam totally balances out the peppers. For dinner I topped these with sour cream and cheddar chesse. I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and ate it without the tortillas and I loved it just as much. Note: cut the yams as small as possible so you get a perfect combo of sweet and spicy in every bite Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2012
I was so excited to try these and they were just ok. Not sure if I didn't cook them right or what but it was lacking flavor (despite all of the ingredients). I used sweet potatoes because it is what I had on hand and there was just something missing from them. Won't be making agin. Read More
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