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two slow cooker turkey tacos on a white plate with cilantro and lime wedges

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

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These easy slow cooker turkey tacos combine ground turkey meat with tomato sauce & a few simple spices for the perfect, easy prep taco filling. Make tonight taco night!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Slow Cooker, tacos, turkey
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6
Calories 139



  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mild chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 15-oz can no sugar-added tomato sauce

Optional Serving Suggestions

  • tortillas, lettuce, tomato, avocado, jalapeno, hot sauce, salsa, cheese, sour cream, red onion


  • In a small bowl, make the spice mixture by combining the cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt, stirring to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, sprinkle with half the spice mixture, then stir, breaking the ground turkey apart with a wooden spoon.
  • Allow the turkey to brown on one side, about 4-5 minutes, then stir to flip the turkey and cook and additional 3-4 minutes until browned and cooked through
  • Carefully transfer the turkey to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the remaining spice mixture and the tomato sauce, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
  • Serve in warm tortillas with preferred toppings if desired.


Skip the chili powder if you are sensitive to heat
Or stir in a tablespoon of hot sauce at the end to kick up the heat.
Stovetop variation: Follow step 1, then heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Follow steps 2-3, then add remaining spice mixture and the tomato sauce, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg