Turkey tacos with cucumber–red pepper salsa

Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, Soy Free

4 Servings, 600 Calories/Serving

20 – 30 Minutes

A cool cucumber salsa adds crunch to these fast and filling paleo-friendly tacos.


  • 16 Mi Rancho 100% corn tortillas
  • 1 poblano (optional)
  • 1¼ pounds ground turkey
  • 1⅔ cups cooked black beans
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Turkey taco seasoning (dried Mexican oregano - granulated garlic - coriander - cumin - chipotle chile powder)
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • 1 head baby iceberg lettuce
  • 2 ounces queso fresco
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt

Chef's Tip

You can turn your remaining tortillas into chips: Heat the oven to 350°F. Cut the tortillas into wedges. On a sheet pan, drizzle the wedges with 1 to 2 teaspoons neutral oil, season generously with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.



Warm the tortillas

Heat the oven to 200ºF.
  • Remove 12 tortillas from the package; save the rest for another use.
Lay a damp kitchen towel on a sheet pan. Arrange the 12 tortillas on one end of the towel, overlapping them slightly; cover them with the other end of the towel. Heat in the oven until warmed through and just pliable, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand, still covered, until ready to use.
While the tortillas warm, prepare the taco fillings.


Prep and cook the taco fillings

  • If using, remove the stem, ribs, and seeds from the poblano; chop the poblano into ¼-inch pieces. Wash your hands after handling.
  • Cut a small corner from the ground turkey packaging and drain off any excess liquid. Transfer to a plate; pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Rinse the black beans.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add as much poblano as you like, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender and beginning to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until starting to darken, about 1 minute.
Add the turkey and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until lightly browned but not yet cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the taco seasoning, season with salt and pepper, and cook until fragrant and the turkey is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. If serving paleo diners, transfer some of the turkey to a plate.
Add the black beans to the pan with the remaining turkey and cook until the beans are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.
While the taco filling cooks, prepare the salsa and garnishes.


Make the salsa and prep the garnishes

  • Peel the cucumber, if desired, and trim off the ends; cut the cucumber lengthwise into ¼-inch-wide wedges, then crosswise into ¼-inch pieces.
  • Scrape off any seeds from the roasted red peppers; chop the peppers into ¼-inch-thick pieces.
  • Coarsely chop the cilantro.
  • Zest 1 lime.
  • Juice the lime.
  • Cut the other lime into wedges.
  • Trim the root end from the iceberg lettuce; separate the leaves.
  • Crumble the queso fresco.
In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber, roasted red peppers, cilantro, lime zest and juice, and 2 to 3 teaspoons oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



Set out the tortillas, iceberg leaves, taco fillings, cucumber–roasted red pepper salsa, lime wedges, queso fresco, and yogurt. Invite everyone to assemble their own tacos, using tortillas or iceberg leaves for wrappers as they choose.

Kids can!
  • Rinse the beans.
  • Juice the lime.
  • Crumble the queso fresco.
  • Stir together the salsa.
  • Serve the meal.

Nutrition per serving: Protein: 41g (82% DV), Fiber: 12g (48% DV), Total Fat: 25g (38% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 6g (30% DV), Cholesterol: 115mg (38% DV), Sodium: 440mg (18% DV), Carbohydrates: 55g (18% DV), Total Sugars: 8g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Contains: milk

Paleo-strict nutrition per serving: Calories: 300, Protein: 28g (56% DV), Fiber: 3g (12% DV), Total Fat: 18g (28% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 4g (20% DV), Cholesterol: 105mg (35% DV), Sodium: 310mg (13% DV), Carbohydrates: 9g (3% DV), Total Sugars: 3g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Contains: milk

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