Taco Meat Filling

Taco Tuesday! Simple meals! Everybody is looking for something easy to cook. We do tacos too but often in different ways. And I have to admit sometimes I get fancy. However taco meat was an easy option to provide my two who wanted something different for lunch — they could make a container of this at the beginning of the week and take it along with fixings to have a taco lunch at school. My thoughts are, when they are on their own, a bowl of this in the fridge could stave off hunger for lunches or those last minute dinners that you are behind on making.

Instead of a typical taco seasoning packet with many additional ingredients we don’t need in our body, my children and I have talked about how a few ingredients can make the difference. So we have made a pact to keep a few inexpensive ground spices, cumin included, in the cabinet to add that “just right” spice to this and other similar dishes instead of buying it in a package.

Serves 4


10 – 12 inch frying pan

Cooking spatula or large spoon


Cutting Board


  • 1 medium onion
  • In small bowl, put together:
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup mild salsa
  • ¼ cup water


  • Chop onion (smaller pieces are better).


  1. Heat frying pan over medium high.
  2. Add oil to pan when hot
  3. Cook onions 3-5 minutes in frying pan.
  4. Add spices and stir 1 minute.
  5. Add ground turkey to pan. Cook, breaking apart, until no longer pink.
  6. Add salsa and water to pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat. Serve.

Dad HH’s Creation

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