This spicy recipe for Turkey Tacos is a great dinner for those who enjoy chili

2 tsp olive oil
450g ground turkey or chicken
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 dried habanero chile pepper (handle with care!)
2-3 tsp chili powder (mild or hot, to taste)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup canned chopped tomatoes
8 burrito-size flour tortillas
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 large tomatoes, diced
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

How to
In a high-sided frying pan or sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the turkey or chicken, and stir to break up. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Add onion, and cook 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent.

While the onion is cooking, place the habanero inside a ziploc bag. Close the bag, and smash the pepper with a rolling pin or empty wine bottle. Pour the chile pepper into the pot (try not to touch the pepper), and add the chili powder, cumin and oregano. Stir to combine, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Stir, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add more water if necessary, a few tablespoons at a time, to keep the sauce from getting too thick before the turkey is cooked through.

To assemble the tacos, heat a large frying pan or griddle. Lightly toast each tortilla on both sides in the dry pan.

Place a tortilla on a serving plate. Add two tablespoons of turkey filling in a line down the center, and top with shredded lettuce, tomato and cheese. Roll up and eat!

Recipe provided by The Perfect Pantry.
All text and photographs copyright Lydia Walshin 2006-2010 – licensed under Creative Commons.

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