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ground turkey taco meat with rice

Ground Turkey Taco Meat

Ground Turkey Taco Meat is a simple but flavor-packed recipe that is ready to eat in 15 minutes or less!  You'll love the tender turkey meat full of taco seasoning, lime, and salsa!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Nichole


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Pounds Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
  • 2 Packets Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Salsa
  • Juice of 1 Lime, About 2 Tablespoons
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Hot Sauce, Such as Cholula or Tabasco
  • ¼ Cup Water


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onion, minced garlic and ground turkey, cooking and stirring occasionally until meat is broken up and cooked through.
  • If necessary, drain any excess fat and return the meat to the pan.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the black beans, taco seasoning, salsa, lime juice, hot sauce, and water.
  • Cook, stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes until warmed through.
  • Serve immediately with rice, cauliflower rice, or taco shells as desired.


NOTE:  This recipe purposely makes a lot of meat in order to meal prep or have leftovers.  You can cut the recipe in half (except for the beans, add the full can) if desired.
NOTE:  This taco meat will last in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to two months.  If freezing, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before use.