Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

6 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat just before serving.


  • 8 ounces 93-percent lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces 99-percent lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles, or 1 1/4 cups petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile or 1 teaspoon chili powder (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Companion recipe: The EatingWell Taco


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.

Ingredient Note: Set the heat level with either ground chipotle chile (adds smoky heat) or chili powder (adds rich chili taste without extra spice).

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9216

nutrition information per serving

98 calories; 2g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 35mg cholesterol; 243mg sodium; 3g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 17g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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