Turkey Tacos w/ Cilantro Cream Sauce

Also works great over tortilla chips for nachos!




Turkey Tacos:

Cook 1lb ground turkey (you can also substitute with beef or venison), 1 large onion (chopped), 1/2 a bell pepper (chopped), and 1/2 a jalapeno (optional) in about 4T of regular olive oil.  Add about a tablespoon of whole cumin seeds as well (if you don't have seeds, use ground cumin, but don't add it just yet).  

After the meat is browned, add in about 2 cups of beans (I'd recommend black, red, or kidney).

*note: if you choose to omit the beans from this recipe, go a little less on the seasonings below

Once the onion is translucent, add in 1 teaspoon ground cumin (add a tablespoon if you didn't have the seeds) and 3 cloves of garlic (minced).  

And 'you ready to start dashing?  Dash some chili powder, paprika, and oregano (about 2 dashes each), then give one good dash of cinnamon.  Add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar (trust me - if you look at taco seasoning packets, it probably has sugar listed in the ingredients).

Add salt & pepper to taste.

When the meat is cooked through and everything is well-blended, you can remove from the heat & start filling your tacos with all the fixins!  Yummy!
 romaine lettuce, cilantro cream sauce, ground turkey, tomatoes, & cheddar + soft taco shells

Try this recipe to fry your own taco shells at home.  It's really easy and really yummy!

Our favorite topping for tacos (and chili too!) is a basic mixture of sour cream with fresh cilantro.  Just mix a handful of cilantro into a cup or so of sour cream and voila.  It's easy and so so delicious.  

But, if you wanna get a little fancier...

Cilantro Cream Sauce:



In a food processor (or a sweet magic bullet!), add 1 clove of garlic, 1cup heavy whipping cream, 2 generous handfuls (or more!) of fresh cilantro, a pinch of salt, and some raw jalapeno if you dare (I added a 1/4 of a jalapeno and the sauce came out medium-mild).  Blend together well - cream should solidify a little, becoming a soupier version of whipped cream.  

(Warning: you may have garlic breath - but who cares? isn't garlic worth it?)

mmm-mmm!  This is my effort to make the food look appetizing - I thought it looked pretty good 'til Tedd told me it looked like alien vomit :-) (but he loved it).  So there ya go.  Turkey tacos with alien vomit cilantro cream sauce.

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