Greek Tacos

10.11.2015

Greek chicken gyros are one of my favorite foods so I decided to create a simplified version of those that can be made into a easy weeknight dinner! These Greek ground turkey tacos taste just like a gyro but they can be ready in 30 minutes! My husband and I couldn’t get over how good they were! This will definitely be making it to our dinner rotation! Even my kids polished theirs off.

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I love greek food not only for it’s amazing flavor but also because it’s usually packed with so many fresh, good for you ingredients and it’s not high in fat. These make for a delicious healthy dinner, and if you wanted to make them that much healthier you could do lettuce wrap tacos. You don’t have to add everything I did for toppings, just like any taco add what you like – but I’d say the tzatziki sauce is a must! I also love the crunch the cucumbers add and the tang from of the feta – plus what’s a taco without cheese and tomatoes?  I hope you love these as much as I do, they’re definitely being added to my list of favs! They reminded me a lot of my Chicken Gyros with Homemade Pita Bread but with far less work. Can’t beat that!

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Greek Tacos

Yield: About 4 servings

Ingredients

Taco filling

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 + 2 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each dried thyme and ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

For serving

  • Flour tortillas , tzatziki (homemade - recipe in notes below, or store bought), chopped romaine lettuce, crumbled feta cheese, diced Roma tomatoes, peeled and diced cucumbers, chopped red onion, fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in red onion and saute 2 minutes then add turkey, season with salt to taste and cook, breaking up and stirring occasionally, until nearly cooked through. Then add garlic and continue to cook until turkey is cooked through. Stir in tomato sauce, chicken broth, oregano, thyme and coriander. Season with salt to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until sauce has reduced, about 6 - 8 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Serve warm over tortillas with toppings listed.
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Recipe Notes

For the tzatziki: 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped into chunks 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I recommend Fage 2%, it's thick) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill Directions: Place diced cucumber in a mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat then allow to rest 20 minutes at room temperature. Rinse cucumbers and place over several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some of the liquid from cucumbers (almost as if wringing moisture from a cloth). Place cucumbers in food processor and pulse to chop fine. Dab cucumbers with a paper towel to soak up more moisture, then add in Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, and dill and season with salt to taste. Plus to blend. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.

16 comments

  • Bella B: Instant craving as soon as I saw these! October 11, 2015 at 11:01pm Reply

  • Ariana Sparkle {A. Sparkle Says Design}: I totally agree with Bella B! It makes me want to make them tonight, but I’ll settle for adding them to next weeks grocery list. :) I don’t think you can ever go wrong with tacos! October 13, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Josie: These were so easy and delicious! YUM October 16, 2015 at 8:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Josie! They definitely beat all the effort that a gyro from scratch takes. October 17, 2015 at 1:45pm Reply

  • Katherine: This looks wonderful! We’re having it for lunch today :) Just double checking- This recipe calls for canned tomato sauce that is not seasoned, correct? October 20, 2015 at 10:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just use the regular tomato sauce which does usually have a little onion and garlic powder in it. October 20, 2015 at 10:59am Reply

  • Tina C: What a different spin on tacos. These look delicious! Just wanted to ask… for the chicken broth, is it 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp (6 Tbsp)? Thanks! October 20, 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it’s 6 Tbsp it’s always just faster to do 1/4 cup then 2 more tbsp :). I hope you try these and love them! November 12, 2015 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Katherine: Wow. I made these for lunch today, and man did they hit the spot! Very fresh, delicious, well-balanced flavors. And they’re so easy! Definitely making again. October 20, 2015 at 11:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you liked them Katherine! Thanks for your review! October 22, 2015 at 8:24pm Reply

  • Jen: These were absolutely delicious! Easy and full of flavor! Thanks for the great recipe! October 24, 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Jennette: What a fun take on traditional tacos. I pinned the recipe because I definitely want to try these. I love your blog and all the super colorful pictures. All the bright colors make me feel happy and excited to cook. Thanks! November 18, 2015 at 3:15pm Reply

  • LaTrice: I’m a HUGE fan of Greek food, and looking at these tacos is making my mouth water with envy!! :-) December 16, 2015 at 12:17am Reply

  • Betsy: I made these tonight and sadly, we did not like them at all. Not only do I not the texture of turkey tacos (which isn’t the recipe’s fault) but the combination of flavors was very odd to me. I followed the recipe to a “t” – as I often do when trying a recipe for the first time then make changes from there. Appreciate the post and great site, these just weren’t for me or my husband. Threw out leftover meat, but tzatziki was good so will use the leftover on veggies or something. January 15, 2016 at 9:28pm Reply

  • Megan: Just wondering if you could please advise how many tortillas would equal 400-600 calories? I’m wondering how many i can eat March 6, 2016 at 12:58am Reply

  • Viv: I really liked these! The only thing we did differently was to use crunchy taco shells (as that’s what we had on hand). The salty feta & fresh veggies were perfect with the turkey. I’m adding these to our weeknight repetoire alongside grilled corn or chopped salad. March 9, 2016 at 10:53am Reply

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