This recipe has fewer calories because of the ground turkey and amazing flavor! It is a little spicy, but our family enjoys it this way. Because it has so much flavor, you cannot even tell it's not ground beef. It tastes great as a topping on baked potatoes as well as tacos. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
16 mins
total:
26 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cayenne together in a small bowl.

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  • Cook turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring to break up clumps, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder mixture and water. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir cider vinegar and brown sugar into the skillet. Simmer until flavors combine, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Nutrition Facts

150 calories; protein 17.6g 35% DV; carbohydrates 4.8g 2% DV; fat 7.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; sodium 663.2mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2017
The BEST taco seasoned meat recipe that I have come across. I have even made a batch where I added the juice of a half a lime...and that was a fantastic taste experience. I also used only 1/4 tsp salt and omitted the onion powder and added shallots (only because of personal sensitivity to onions). Try it , if you haven't! This recipe also makes an excellent base for chili. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2018
Good weeknight dinner. Instead of water, I added beer. Read More
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169 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 134
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2017
The BEST taco seasoned meat recipe that I have come across. I have even made a batch where I added the juice of a half a lime...and that was a fantastic taste experience. I also used only 1/4 tsp salt and omitted the onion powder and added shallots (only because of personal sensitivity to onions). Try it , if you haven't! This recipe also makes an excellent base for chili. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2016
Delicious! The brown sugar adds a nice dimension to flavor. I added a tbsp of cornstarch to help thicken the mixture. Throw out those sodium-laden premixed versions you buy at the store and try this. You'll get hooked on the taste and you'll be surprised at how easy it is. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2017
I already had cooked ground turkey in the freezer, so just added the spices and water and simmered as directed. The brown sugar & vinegar added a subtle flavor that I really liked! I used the meat to make a salad of leaf lettuce, grape tomatoes, chick peas, avocado, cheddar cheese, cilantro & ranch dressing. Have saved this recipe to make again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2018
Good weeknight dinner. Instead of water, I added beer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2018
I didnt have any apple cider vinegar and so left that and the brown sugar out. I was very surprised how good it turned out. Also, I had a 40oz package of ground turkey and it was perfect. Not bland at all despite a much larger quantity of meat. Like they said, I could not tell I was eating turkey. It also didnt have the greasy taste that ground beef has. I made burritos and garnished it with chopped onion, cilantro, green salsa, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Definitely gonna save this recipe! I recommend it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2019
I try to follow these recipes as they are, otherwise how can you give an accurate review when you change half the recipe. I thought this was delicious exactly as it is and will definitely be making this again. I brought leftovers to work for lunch but didn't get to it until 2 days later but it was just as good as when it was first made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2018
Phenomenal!!! I followed it exactly with no adjustments. I do serve fresh lime on the table and encourage my guests to use a few however! I prefer this to ANY ground beef dish! Turkey Tostadas are a new favorite with this recipe. Thanks!!?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2018
This was quite good. I usually hate the taste of turkey especially turkey burgers but this had good flavor. I thought the amount of apple cider vinegar listed would be too much but that wasn't the case. The only thing I changed was that I added capers which actually elevated the dish. I also think a little tomato paste would make it taste even better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2017
Pretty good recipe except next time I make it I think I will cut down on the salt. Other than that I liked the overall flavor. Not your typical taco meat but still good. Read More
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