Turkey Tacos

Allergy Free Turkey Tacos are to our family what hamburgers and pizza are to most others. They are satisfying for everyone, and, what is more, toppings can be added depending on likes, food allergies and intolerances.This recipe is completely dairy free, free of the top 8 allergens and more. We often serve our tacos with steamed white rice and home made pinto beans.  Other healthy topping suggestions are shredded carrots, cabbage, and scallions.

disclaimer: I’ve listed the brands that we use and are OK for us, they won’t be alright for all allergic people, due diligence is required such as calling the company to check for other allergens outside of the top 8.

by Heidi Bayer ©2011

1 Package Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey (97% fat free)
1 TBSP Chili Adobo Spice
1 1/2 tsp Cumin Seed
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Regular Chili Powder
1 Dash Hot Smoked Spanish Paprika
1 TBSP Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Pacific Organic Low Salt Chicken Broth
1 Cup pureed Muir Glen Organic Roasted Tomatoes
1 Package Garden of Eaten Corn Taco Shells
1/2 Cup Chopped Tomato
1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Cup chopped Lettuce (we use Romaine)
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
Taco Sauce or Salsa

I learned this trick from Rick Bayless (Thanks Rick! And BTW his book MEXICAN EVERYDAY is reviewed on this blog as a book I can’t live without) – place the Adobo chili powder and the Cumin Seeds in a regular pan without oil. Turn the heat on medium – low, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until you begin to smell the flavor of the cumin seeds. Working quickly, (this is my add to Rick’s technique) add 1 Tbsp canola oil and stir the spices into a paste, then add the Turkey and brown. Halfway through the browning process, add salt, cumin powder, corriander powder and hot smoked paprika. Continue to brown the turkey until it is a nice dark color and looks well done.

While the turkey is browning, puree the roasted tomatoes, and add 1 cup to the cooked meat mixture, along with 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Stir well, and bring to a boil. Place the pan on simmer for 20 minutes. If the meat mixture gets too dry, add more water or broth. The mixture will thicken. Taste for flavorings and adjust as necessary.

Turn the oven to 350 degrees and warm up the taco shells for 5 minutes

Place the meat filling in the taco shells and serve with plenty of onion, tomato, cilantro and lettuce.

Happy Allergy Friendly Turkey Taco Eating!

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