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Crunchy Berbere Turkey Tacos
with collard slaw / tomato relish

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Berbere is a North African spice blend that has quickly gained a lot of fans in our community of home cooks. It gives these nontraditional, colorful tacos a spicy, flavorful foundation. We love the addition of a slaw made from hearty collard greens. 
Smarts: Collard greens are usually simmered for a long time before being served, but they retain their rich green color and earthy flavor when served raw in this slaw. Be sure to slice them very thin so they are easy to eat. 

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Crunchy Berbere Turkey Tacos:
  • Berbere spice - 2 tsp, more or less, depending on your spice preference
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Cornstarch - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Taco shells, crunchy - 8 (use soft tortillas if you prefer)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving
Collard Slaw:
  • Collard greens - 1 bunch, stems discarded, leaves finely sliced (sub colelsaw mix)
  • Carrots - 4 oz, shredded (look for pre-shredded to save time)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 1/2 tsp
Tomato Relish:
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2, finely chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, finely chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Collard greens / Carrots - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make taco seasoning - Combine Berbere, paprika, garlic powder, cornstarch, and salt (portion for tacos). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make collard slaw - Whisk together oil (portion for slaw), vinegar, salt (portion for slaw), turmeric, sugar, and sesame seeds. Add collard greens and carrots and stir everything together. To tenderize the collard greens, you can use your hands to gently “massage” the dressing into the leaves. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Make relish - Chop tomatoes and green onions. Combine with lime juice. Season with some salt.

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Make

  1. Preheat oven according to directions for taco shells (skip if using soft tacos).

  2. Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven (use one with a lid) with oil (portion for tacos). Add turkey and saute, breaking it apart, until just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle taco seasoning over top and saute until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  3. Stir water into turkey and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook, covered, for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together. Remove the lid and let any excess liquid cook off. 

  4. Meanwhile, bake taco shells according to package directions. (Or warm tortillas if making soft tacos.)

  5. Set out taco toppings - turkey, yogurt, collard slaw, and tomato relish. Assemble tacos at the table, serving any extra slaw on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (36)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (5)

Most Helpful

We enjoyed these more than I anticipated. The flavors actually came together beautifully. The slaw was great. The crunch of the tacos was delightful. A win in the fusion department.

By: Alana
Posted: Oct 12, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

19 reviews

These were great! I loved the combination of flavors and textures, and it was nice to have something different than the typical taco.

By: Melissa
Posted: Nov 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Didn't have the Berbere spicy so made some subs but liked the use of collard greens

By: Sheila
Posted: Oct 27, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The collards should have been cooked. They were mostly inedible

By: Brittany
Posted: Oct 20, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a fun take on a taco.

By: Kate
Posted: Oct 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I was skeptical about the collard greens slaw but it was soooo good. And all the flavors together were a surprising delicious combo. I used my favorite La Tortilla Factory flour tortillas and it was a little messy but worth it!

By: Geneva
Posted: Oct 17, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The berbere spice was such a nice addition! We are picky about our tacos and these were winners!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Oct 16, 2022
Diet: Original
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