Laila Ali's Loaded Ground Turkey Tacos

by Laila Ali 3:00 AM, June 11, 2018

Aired June 11, 2018

Serves Makes 12 tacos

1 large zucchini (about 1 pound) or 1/2 small head cauliflower or a combination of both
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey

For the taco seasoning:
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 scallions, sliced
Unrefined coconut oil cooking spray
12 soft corn tortillas

Optional toppings:
Grated Jack or cheddar cheese
Shredded romaine lettuce
Chopped seeded tomatoes
Roasted Tomato Salsa
Green salsa
Simple cabbage salad or shredded cabbage
Gochujang Guacamole
Chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges
Hot sauce


Coarsely chop the zucchini or cut the cauliflower into small florets. Transfer half to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped (for cauliflower, the goal is the size of grains of rice). Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining zucchini or cauliflower.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the turkey and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat, until lightly browned and no longer pink, 7-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine all the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.

Add the taco seasoning mix to the skillet with the meat and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, reducing the heat and/or adding a tiny bit of water or oil if the mixture starts to stick. Stir in the zucchini or cauliflower and cook until it has softened, about 5 minutes, again adding a tiny bit of water or oil if the mixture starts to stick. Stir in the scallions.

Heat a separate medium skillet over medium-high heat and spray it with cooking spray. Add a tortilla and heat, pressing down on it with a spatula to keep it flat, until malleable, about 30 seconds on each side, or a little longer if you’d like your tortilla slightly crispy. I like to keep my tortillas flat, but feel free to fold them if you like. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining tortillas, adding cooking spray to the pan as needed. To keep you tortillas warm while you are cooking the rest, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated 200°F oven as each is heated.

Fill the tortillas with ground turkey mixture and finish with any toppings you wish.

Excerpt from Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! by Laila Ali. Copyright © 2018 by Laila Ali. Used with permission by St. Martin’s Press. All rights reserved.


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