Since my husband’s birthday is this weekend and he’s joining me in the flirty 30’s (stop by our Catz Facebook page and wish Josh a Happy Birthday on Saturday!), I thought I would share one of the recipes he requests the most from me on our “Taco Tuesday” nights.
Oven Baked Turkey Tacos!
This little creation came about from a memory of when I was a kid and I would spend my weekends with my dad and step-mom. My step-mom always made the best tacos.
I can’t really remember what made her tacos different from everyone else’s except that her cheese was always melted perfectly over the meat and I knew she put taco sauce in with her meat. As it turns out, I later found out that the reason her cheese was always melted perfectly over the meat was because she baked her tacos in the oven with the cheese on top of the meat, too!
Great minds think alike, I tell ya!
I love this dish for two reasons . . . .
The first is because it really makes dinnertime easy.
Aside from the skillet you cook the meat in (I choose ground turkey because it’s a bit healthier), the only other dish you need to clean up is the baking dish you use to bake your taco shells in, not counting dinner plates, of course. We put all the toppings on the tacos ahead of time and just bring the dish to the table.
The other thing I really like about this dish is that it makes a fun and tasty meal ministry dinner.
Go ahead and cook the meat and and bake the taco shells in one of those aluminum foil baking pans from the Dollar Store and cover with foil to keep it warm. Then take all of your toppings like shredded lettuce, olives, tomatoes, avocado, etc and place them in individual foil pie plates or rubbermaid containers and the meal becomes a taco bar – which can be really fun if you’re bringing the meal to a family who has little children!
Try this out for your next Taco Tuesday night!
Oven Baked Turkey Tacos
- 1 lb . ground turkey breast
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1/4 cup La Victoria sauce (we like mild because of the kiddos)
- 1 box taco shells
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
- 2 large hot house tomatoes , diced
- 1 (15 oz can) black olives, sliced
- Sour cream for topping
- Hot sauce for topping
In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey meat. Once browned, follow the taco seasoning preparation directions and add La Victoria sauce, simmering for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pre-heat oven to specified baking time for taco shells (usually around 325 degrees). In a baking dish, line the taco shells up in rows. Spoon the taco meat evenly into all the taco shells and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, just long enough to melt the cheese and warm the shells up.
Top each shell with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. Serve with sour cream and hot sauce
Chels is a born-again believer who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She’s a wife and stay at home mom to her four vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she’s not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for their family and friends. You can read more about her culinary endeavors at CatzintheKitchen.com.