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Playing Turkey Taco Salad Bowl


  • 6 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 package (about 1 1/3 pounds) ground, all-white meat turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon (about a palmful) chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon (about half a palmful) cumin
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, cored
  • 1 cup yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 jar store-bought taco sauce


Serves: 4 servings




Preheat oven to 375F.



Wrap the tortillas in a damp towel and microwave for 10-15 seconds. Spray each tortilla on both sides with cooking spray and gently push them into a jumbo muffin tin, forming a cup shape. Make a couple extras so you can choose the nicest ones out of the batch. Bake tortillas for about 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown and hold their shape.



While the tortillas are cooking, place a medium-size, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the ground turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the pieces with the back of a wooden spoon, about 6-7 minutes until brown all over. Kid helpers can break up the meat with a potato masher.



Add another turn of the pan of EVOO if the mixture is dry, add onion and grate the garlic right over the skillet with a microplane grater or the fine side of a box grater.



Cook for about 3-4 minutes, then add the chili powder and cumin, and cook for another couple minutes. If the mixture seems dry, add a couple tablespoons of water to loosen it up. Turn the heat off and set aside to keep warm.



Let a kid helper shred up the lettuce with a kitchen scissors. Chop the avocado last so it does not turn brown and get all icky.



Place the tortilla bowls into four deep cereal bowls and scoop a couple of big spoonfuls of the turkey mixture into each tortilla. Top the turkey with a sprinkle of cheese, some chopped tomatoes, avocadoes, olives and shredded lettuce on top - whatever toppings you like! Spoon a couple tablespoons of taco sauce over the top and serve.