These street-style turkey tacos are quick, spicy, and paleo-friendly too!
Growing up, the only connection I had with tacos was the Old El Paso taco kit that mom sometimes bought for Sunday night dinners. Inside the cardboard box we’d find a dozen pre-cooked and U-shaped crunchy taco shells, a packet of taco seasoning for the ground beef, and a packet of salsa. If we were lucky, all 12 shells were intact and we’d each get 3 tacos. I loved the crunch, but never did figure out how to eat those after they fell apart after the first bite. That was the extent of my Mexican food experience growing up in Connecticut.
Once I moved to Chicago in 1982, I was exposed to Mexican food in all its wonder. I learned how to make proper guacamole. I fell in love with quesadillas, enchiladas, and tamales. I had posole soup at Christmas. I drank atole and ponche and horchata. I even learned how to prepare cactus leaves (nopales).
But I still didn’t know what street tacos were until I moved to San Diego and truly experienced life in a border city. We have great street taco trucks and fish taco stands, where the base is a double layer of small, fresh corn tortillas, lightly grilled, then topped with a meat mixture, guacamole, cheese, and lettuce or cabbage and salsa. They’ve become a popular choice for catered parties.
For this recipe I took our old standby of ground turkey, added some simple seasonings, threw some shredded garden greens into the mix, and topped with pre-shredded cabbage mix for a quick dinner. That way you get two types of greens in your meal, so you can enjoy your tacos and know they’re packed with nutrition too. I only use one tortilla per taco to reduce the carbs. Look for organic corn tortillas to reduce your GMO corn intake. Corn tortillas are always low in sodium.
For the sauce I whisked Trader Joe’s chile pepper sauce into mayo (you can sub hot sauce or salsa). You can thin that with lime juice if you like it tart. Paleo peeps can roll their tacos in Savoy cabbage leaves instead of corn tortillas. Migraine peeps, skip the lime juice (and cheese), onion powder, and make sure your salsa doesn’t include onions.
paleo, low-sodium, migraine, gluten-free, celiac diets
Not recommended for:
vegan, vegetarian diets