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Homemade Turkey Tacos

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Homemade gluten free turkey tacos are not too out of the ordinary but they can be. Homemade soft tortillas, chipotle mayo, pork carnitas, sautéed shrimp, battered or fried fish…need I say more. What do you put in your tacos? Don’t limit yourself to ground beef and a hard, store bought taco shell. Use your imagination and celebrate Taco Tuesday more often.

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Homemade Corn Tortillas for Turkey Tacos

I wrote another post about making fresh corn tortillas using masa harina. Maseca is the brand of masa harina I use and I notice some recipes list Maseca as the ingredient. No matter what brand you use you will soon recognize the heavenly aroma of fresh corn tortillas. I highly recommend you give it a try.

Making corn tortillas from masa harina
Making corn tortillas in a cast iron tortilla press -photo credit Jim Little

Organize for Success – Corn Tortillas

At some point I noticed all the little barriers to making homemade tortillas. Getting all the parts out of different cupboards, making little pieces of wax paper, and even reading the recipe in tiny print on the bag.  Well, one day I got myself organized, really organized. This is the kind of idea I want to share with my readers so I needed to go all in. 

First I bought a clear container with fairly high sides big enough to hold the tortilla press, the masa harina, sheets of wax paper, plastic zip bags and even my little taco holders. Then I printed the recipe in large print and taped it to the container. Both a full recipe and a half recipe…impressive I know. Now I can pull out that bucket and quickly make tortillas whenever I want.

Taco Fillings

Ground turkey or chicken is an easy substitute for the usual ground beef. Fish tacos are a welcome change too (have you mastered the technique for battered fish yet?). I also use plain fried fish, sautéed shrimp, and even leftovers from this Cumin Lime Chicken. If it feels like your kids are always asking for tacos…like three times a week, introduce more variety to make taco night enjoyable for everyone.

The spice mixture for tacos is made with spices you probably already have in your pantry. Rather than store another combination of spices (and look for a store bought spice mix that is gluten free) I just make it. It is another little job but you know there are no fillers in the mixture. I make this homemade spice mix and keep the jar with my spices. When the bottle is empty I leave it on the counter and do that little job of mixing the spices at a different time. I also have the recipe taped to the bottle so I don’t need to look for it.

For kids learning about allergy awareness and foods that contain gluten a little bottle of taco spice mix would be a nice homemade gift to give a friend. No additives, no preservatives, no gluten. A small step toward allergy awareness.


Toppings for Turkey Tacos

Everyone loves chipotle mayo and on top of tacos is the ideal place for it. Try this recipe for homemade chipotle mayo and you’ll never use store bought again. It is easy to make and will last in the fridge for weeks…but put it in a squeeze bottle and you’ll be surprised how fast it disappears.

Chipotle Mayo
Chipotle Mayo -photo credit Jim Little

In the comments below l’d love to hear how you serve tacos at your house.


homemade gluten free corn tortillas
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp chipotle powder
½ cup canned tomato sauce
chopped lettuce
grated cheese
diced tomato
diced avocado
diced red onion or green onion
chipotle mayonnaise
sour cream


Heat oil in pan.
Add meat and onion stirring to break up meat. Cook until browned.
Add 1 Tbsp taco spice mix and tomato sauce (if using). Cook for a few more minutes adding tomato sauce if desired.
Serve hot as a filling for assemble-your-own tacos.
Prepare toppings of your choice, set them out and let everyone build their own taco or a taco salad.


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