Veggie Packed Turkey Tacos

Child's hands holding a taco standing at a table with bowls of turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream

These Turkey Tacos are packed with veggies the kids won’t taste, but will love!  It’s a quick and easy recipe.  And, it can be made ahead and/or part of a freezer meal plan.

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Veggie Packed Turkey Tacos

Looking to make dinner easy?  We all are!  I’ve got you covered with these turkey tacos.

My turkey taco meat recipe, often referred to as magic taco meat, includes fresh vegetables in the mix.  The kids, nor you, will be able to taste all of these nutritious veggies once the mixture is fully cooked.   

I have three children, each with their own set of likes and dislikes.  Two of mine, still, don’t like spinach or tomatoes and they are now now taller than their mom.  However, they eat tomatoes and spinach whenever I make turkey tacos; still not alone, but in this recipe!  When they were young I dubbed this recipe ‘magic taco meat’ because it was the only way I could get them to eat these two ingredients.  

This turkey taco meat mixture is the basis for several other recipes that I will be sharing at the site.  So, I often triple the batch, let it cool, separate it and freeze it!  It makes my weekdays so much easier.  I can thaw and warm for Taco Tuesday’s or use it in one of my other recipes that I will be sharing soon.


Here’s a printable version of the recipe for your convenience;

Veggie Packed Turkey Tacos

Child's hands holding a taco standing at a table with bowls of turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper


Traditional Taco toppings: shredded sharp cheese, romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, taco sauce, black beans, corn, etc.

Cook the ground turkey in a frying pan; draining off any excess juices. Add the onions and a clove of fresh garlic to the meat & cook until tender, stirring frequently.

Finely chop the spinach in food processor. Puree the tomatoes in food processor.

Add the spinach, pureed tomatoes & spices to the meat mixture. Stir & cook until the spices & other ingredients are evenly distributed & the mixture is hot.

Cut the Fold-its® in half & use each half like a soft shell taco. Fill the center with meet & add your favorite toppings. Enjoy a dinner with fresh vegetables in the mix the kids won’t taste.

FREEZE AHEAD: Double or triple this meat mixture, let it cool, divide it & freeze in plastic freezer bags or other airtight containers. Then on busy nights let it thaw, warm & serve = easy yum!


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This recipe is perfect for:

  • Any Taco Tuesday!
  • Anytime!  
  • Cinco De Mayo

Planning to make this recipe with the kids in the kitchen?  Definitely do!  It’s full of great lessons to focus on;

  • Stove top safety
  • Cooking ground turkey
  • Preparing vegetables
  • Food processing
  • Measuring ingredients

Looking for more taco dinner ideas?  Why not?  Taco Tuesday comes every week (wink).  Here’s another taco to nosh on.  It’s my fish taco recipe.

Fish Tacos are Delicious for Dinner

Fish Tacos

13 Comments on “Veggie Packed Turkey Tacos”

    1. If my non tomato / non spinach eaters will eat it, it’s definitely worth a try ~ lol! Good Luck!

  1. Hi Jodie,
    I love this flatbread, and what a great idea for a taco! Your recipe looks awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. flatbread is delicious, especially FlatOut Breads brand. You should try it if you haven’t. Thanks for hosting & look forward to visiting back soon. Have a great week….

  2. Tacos are very popular at our house. I prefer my tacos in soft wraps rather than the hard corn taco shells. I’m always being sneaky and hiding veggies in things, never thought to do it with taco mince! 😉

    1. Yes – taco meat is a great way to add in extra veggies :)! My non tomato eaters eat them all of the time (LOL)!

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