Black Bean Turkey Tacos

Black Bean Turkey Tacos

We’ve got a new taco for your Tuesday taco night taco night, or Thursday taco night but does anyone really prefer Thursdays to Tuesday taco nights? Tuesday just has a better ring to it yeah? Don’t let the turkey fool you, this turkey taco has got flavah for days. You might also be surprised to hear that its also stuffed full of veggies. You heard right. We’ve snuck in shaved carrots, bell peppers, onions and more spices than you can shake a stick at. You don’t have to tell the kids if you don’t want to. They’ll be none the wiser.

Black Bean Turkey Tacos


While we love our beef (you won’t ever see me turn away a steak, ain’t gonna happen) we like the lean mean ground turkey for this taco. Not only are these a healthier taco they’re gluten free. We’re ticking all the boxes today aren’t we. Well not vegetarian but we can’t have everything now can we. Get your sharpest chef knife ready and prepare to get your chop and grate on for this recipe, go ahead and count it as your arm workout for the day, I know I do. But after you finish all the prep work these tacos come together in about 15 minutes.

Black Bean Turkey Tacos

Grab yourself a MARGARITA (it is taco night after all) while we sweat the carrots, onions and peppers to begin with. You can use ANY color bell pepper you like. I had the misfortune of using green bell peppers this go round because I’m going to be straight with you and say that I couldn’t bring myself to pay $2 a PIECE for a colored pepper that they’re currently going for in my markets Wasn’t going to happen. Next time.

Now these crunchy creations are full of flavah as I mentioned. In addition to all the veg and black beans we’ve blended in chili powder, cumin and the secret ingredient ANISE but if you feel like you need a little extra something something you can garnish these babies with sour cream, cilantro, salsa and of course CHEESE. You can’t forget the cheese. That’d be a crime. Maybe one day I can talk my Mom into giving me her homemade salsa recipe. To date she’s got it locked down tighter than Fort Knox, it’s not for lack of trying I can assure you.

If you happen to have any leftover they make great nachos the following day.


Black Bean Turkey Tacos

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  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons ground chili powder
  • large pinch of salt
  • 2 medium carrots- grated
  • 1/2 large onion – minced
  • 2 cloves garlic -minced
  • 1 bell pepper – seeded and finely chopped
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 anise pod OR 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 15.5 ounces black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 box corn taco shells


  1. Into a large deep sided pan, add oil and heat over medium – high heat. WHILE oil is heading, sprinkle cumin, chili powder and salt onto turkey and set aside.
  2. To the oil add: carrot, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook approximately 2-4 minutes until the mixture starts to soften.
  3. Add turkey meat and allow to sit for approximately 1-2 minutes without touching/stirring. When the turkey starts to brown, cook approximately 6-8 minutes breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until it is cooked through.
  4. Add tomato sauce, star anise pod and cook an additional 2-4 minutes until mixture has thickened.
  5. Add beans, reduce heat to low and allow mixture to simmer.
  6. WHILE meat is simmering, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook taco shells according to package directions.
  7. When taco shells have cooked, discard anise pod and distribute the turkey mixture evenly between shells.


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  1. 1

    These look so good! I love black beans and making them with turkey meat is so smart! With all those seasonings no one will ever realize it’s not beef!

  2. 2

    Amazing! I never can really tell the difference between a beef or turkey taco once it’s loaded with all the spices and toppings. I love beef but I wouldn’t turn away these tacos either.

  3. 3

    I use a lot of ground turkey during lent season and the family loves them on tacos! The black beans makes this perfect!

  4. 4

    These look delicious and now you’ve put me in the mood for Taco Friday night!

  5. 5

    A couple of Margaritas and a tray of these and I’d be a happy girl!!

  6. 6

    These look great – I especially love all those veggies that you snuck into them. Right up my alley. 🙂

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