Turkey and Yam Spicy Tacos


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 tacos


  • 1 yam, peeled and diced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¾ pound ground turkey

  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup tomatillo salsa

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 16 warm flour tortillas


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

602 Calories
16g Fat
91g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 602
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 1182mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 212mg 16%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 714mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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