I’m starting a new series based on how I’ve been cooking lately. Fast. Easy. Healthy. Between finishing up a post-doc, doing side projects, studying for licensing exam, well . . . you get the idea. While I still love cooking, I don’t have nearly as much time to cook anymore, so I’ve needed to find some ways to fit cooking into my schedule. Of course, my tastes haven’t changed just because my cooking habits have, so these dishes also be delicious and seem like I spent hours cooking when I really only spent 20-30 minutes.
This is a great kick off to the series because it is a wonderful combination of delicious and complex flavors. You would think that this would take someone hours of simmering, but takes very little time and effort. The creme can be made ahead of time as well, cutting down your prep time even more!
I would like to preface this recipe with a note. These are not real tacos. Real tacos are a magical thing everyone should experience. My favorites were from a food cart outside my old work place in the city. If you have never had tacos from a food cart, don’t be afraid, they could change your life.
1 lb of ground turkey
3 chipotle peppers, in sauce, chopped
1 small (15 oz) can of chopped tomatoes
All Recipe taco seasoning mix
Avocado creme (taken from Two Peas & Their Pod)
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 small Serrano pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Make Avocado creme by adding cilantro, Serrano pepper, and garlic to food processor. Pulse a few times until combined and pepper is thoroughly chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth. Refrigerate.
To make tacos
Season raw turkey with All Recipe taco seasoning mix. No need to let sit. Add seasoned turkey to a pan heated over medium heat. Once meat begins to brown, add chipotle peppers and canned tomatoes. Let simmer until cooked through. You can add a little slurry of cornstarch and water if you want to thicken the mixture up a bit.
Serve over warm tortillas and top with avocado creme!