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Turkey Street Tacos With Cilantro Cream Sauce are a great Taco Tuesday option. Healthy and tasty! simplyhappyfoodie.com #streettacos #groundturkey

Turkey Street Tacos with Cilantro Cream Sauce

These little tacos may be small, but they pack a punch of flavor. Don’t let the words “Ground Turkey” scare you either. The meat is seasoned simply, and just enough to play nicely with the cilantro cream sauce.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ground turkey tacos recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 198 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


Cilantro Cream Sauce

  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonaise
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 or 2 Handfuls Fresh Cilantro Leaves (make with one handful, taste, then add second if desired. I like lots!)
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice, fresh
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • Pinch Pepper

Taco Meat Mixture

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste


  • 1 pkg Small flour taco shells, street taco size
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced


Cilantro Cream Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients to a mini food processor (or use a full sized one if that's what you have) and blend very well. Taste and adjust amount of cilantro and/or salt to your liking. I like a strong cilantro flavor, and usually know it's ready when the sauce turns a pale tint of green.

Taco Meat Mixture

  1. Heat a skillet to med high and add the olive oil. When it starts to shimmer, add the diced onion. Stir occasionally, until softened.

  2. Add the ground turkey, breaking it up as you cook it.

  3. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well.

  4. Cook until the meat is cooked through, and add the tomato paste. Cook it just a couple minutes longer to heat the tomato paste through.

  5. Assemble your tacos with the cheese, then meat, diced tomatoes, and drizzle on some of the Cilantro Cream Sauce. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use Ground Beef if you prefer.

For Ground Turkey, I don't recommend extra lean.