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Curried Turkey Tacos

Curried Turkey Tacos

Did you know Wikipedia is nearing completion? There’s already 4.1 million articles, and if you spend more than 15 minutes poking around, you see how ridiculously thorough they are. My friend Brian and I spent nearly two hours exploring the depths of obscure music genres on Wikipedia, learning more than we ever thought we could about  science fantasy folk music circles, what genre Aqua and Vengaboys really are (Bubblegum Dance), and that there are over 200 subgenres of electronic music. Yeah.

So, will there be a point at which Wikipedia ceases to have anything new added? Besides, of course, current events. It makes me think of recipes– will there be a point at which there are no new combinations of ingredients? Is it possible that everything that could be cooked, is? Chefs who specialize in molecular gastronomy certainly hope not.

I ponder this because I took a chance with a recipe today. Normally, when the spark of a recipe idea starts in my head, I go directly to Google to see what other people have done to make it. There were no satisfactory results (at least within the first three pages; who goes farther?) for curried turkey tacos using shredded turkey. I have leftovers, I don’t want to go out and buy ground turkey for these! What’s left to do? Invent.

So, here you go. The first recipe that I invented wholly in the depths of my amateur chef mind: curried turkey tacos. I apologize that it is not exact, it may not have perfect cooking temperatures, and that I cannot afford to cook it four or five more times to perfect it. We’ll work on it together. Let me know in the comments what worked or didn’t work, or what you changed. Thanks.

Curried Turkey Tacos

I started out with a basic taco seasoning, plopping an extra tablespoon of curry powder into the usual mix. When I tasted it part way through, it needed more to pack the curry punch, so I adjusted accordingly. My turkey was frozen (yay leftovers!) but soaked up lots of delicious flavors as it defrosted in the pan. I topped my tacos with avocado and cilantro because I can’t resist. And the feta cheese and squeeze of lime added just the zing! the dish was waiting for.

Tacos are such a great receptor of creativity. I hope you enjoy!

Curried Turkey Tacos

Curried Turkey Tacos

Serves: 4

Curried Turkey Tacos


1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1-1.5 tbsp curry powder

olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 15-oz can of diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups shredded turkey (or chicken)

10 soft tacos
1 avocado
feta cheese
fresh cilantro, chopped
fresh lime juice


Combine spices in a small bowl. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, stirring until beginning to soften and turn translucent. Add spice mix, stir, and cook until onions are very soft. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, and turkey. Check the seasoning, possibly adding more curry powder, salt, or pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, until juices have reduced and the taco filling is thick.

Heat the soft tacos in the microwave or in a pan on the stove. Spoon a hearty amount of filling into each, top with sliced avocado, feta, and cilantro. Squeeze a little bit of lime juice of each taco. Enjoy!

2 Thoughts on “Curried Turkey Tacos

  1. Brilliant! What a great way to use leftover turkey. I love everything about these tacos from the turkey to the curry, avocado and the fact that it’s all nestled in a tortilla. Delicious!

  2. Agreed with Julia, very clever use of leftover turkey. I would never have thought of currying it….and I love to curry whatever I can.

    It’s fun to find another Chicago food blogger. Just discovered your site, great photography too, btw.

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