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Oven Baked Turkey Tacos

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not into sports. While I enjoy running, I’m not a fast runner. While I enjoy badminton, I dislike tennis (except for the cute outfits). When I think of the world’s most boring sport, golf comes to mind.


Did I mention that I’m completely awful at it?

I’ve been dropping hints to Josh left and right about my “NEED” to go play mini golf on a date with him. I think it is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Josh, I’m sure doesn’t think it’s the coolest thing since sliced bread, but he thinks I’m pretty much cooler than sliced bread, so he planned a surprise outing for us the day after our anniversary to play mini golf.


And I swung my ball into all the little streams the outlined the 18 courses we played through. It’s all good. I swung with gusto! We had a fantastic time. We laughed all afternoon and we get to do it all over again this weekend for my Mother in Love’s birthday.

These baked tacos are also fantastic and easy and addicting. I found a pin for these on Pinterest because I thought the method was cool, and then I got a comment from my step-mom reminding me that this was how she used to make our tacos when I was little. Then I remembered her cooking them this way! I’ve always said that my step-mom’s tacos were the best in the world. Now, my tacos are the best in the world, haha! Josh liked these so much he asked me to make them the following week, and I did, because of how simple they are to throw together – and we liked that we could serve the tacos right from the table!

Oven Baked Turkey Tacos

Oven Baked Turkey Tacos

Yield: 10-12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Saucy taco meat, gooey melted cheese, and crisp taco shells make taco night a snap when you bake it all together and serve it at the dinner table.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup La Victoria sauce (we like mild)
  • 1 box taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 large hot house tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz can) black olives, sliced
  • Sour Cream for topping
  • Hot Sauce for topping


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey meat. Once browned, follow taco seasoning packet preparation directions and add La Victoria sauce, simmering for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Pre-heat oven to specified baking temperature for the taco shells (generally around 325 degrees). In a baking dish, line the taco shells up in rows. Spoon the taco meat evenly into all the taco shells and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 10 minutes-just long enough to melt the cheese and warm the shells up.
  3. Top each taco shell with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. Serve with sour cream and hot sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Noooooooo! I'm sorry, but pre baked taco shells are the absolute worst....but if you have never had an authentic taco, then I guess this will work. You can also make your own taco seasoning and not use the salt laden package mix. Check out Pinterest for making your own. I haven't used the package or premade shells in 25 years......

Joshua Rief

Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Ha, ha! Hi, Trish! Using pre-baked taco shells and packaged seasoning helps keep the recipe quick and easy, and since they are baked in with the meat and everything, they really are pretty tasty. That said, modify as you wish - always a fun idea!

We’ve had many, many hundreds of wonderful handmade tacos at taco trucks, authentic Mexican restaurants, and even in Mexico proper, so we do know what the real thing tastes like, but if it’s a choice between running to Taco Bell or using pre-made taco shells to make this recipe quick...we’ll choose the latter!

We’ve got lots of “from scratch” street-style taco recipes on the blog as well, so please feel free to check out the Tacos category for some things that might be more your speed.

All of that said...any good seasoning or shells recipes you’d like to share? We’re always looking for better ways to make tacos!!

Jessica Molley

Thursday 30th of November 2017

Ground turkey is an inexpensive source of protein, with nutrients like iron and zinc that kids need as they’re growing. I keep ground turkey on hand for meatballs and meatloaf and other easy meals my family likes.


Tuesday 18th of November 2014

What exactly is the specified baking temperature? And should I not follow the instructions on the packet in regards to adding water?

Joshua Rief

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Hey, Randol, thanks for pointing that out. I've edited the recipe to make it a little clearer. You should definitely follow the packet prep directions for adding water. As to the temperature, different taco shell makers have different temperature recommendations, so we were saying to follow the recommendation for the brand you choose. Generally, though, the temperature is around 325 degrees. Enjoy!

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