Easy Taco Boats Recipe

Perhaps Wednesdays will be my recipe day, we’ll see! Last week I posted my Organic Chicken Bone Broth Recipe and today I’ve got one of the classics, our favorite “Mexican” meal night with my mom’s original taco seasoning recipe. This seasoning makes a good amount to store away and use in the future, which we sometimes double because we love Mexican night.

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One of my favorite things about this meal is that my kids love it! You can also switch things up so easily, whether you’d like to use the meat in taco shells or tortillas, make a taco salad, or even create some healthy nachos with the left overs for lunch the next day, like I did. ​These are my favorite clean and healthier option chips from Costco. You can see I’ve added some shredded chicken for added protein.

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My trick to perfect taco boats is to use butterhead lettuce. I tried other kinds many times and nothing holds the insides more perfectly, not to mention that excellent crunch that comes from such freshness.

Let’s talk salsa for a second. I love homemade, but sometimes I don’t have much time for that so I’m still on the hunt for a clean but delicious store bought option. I beg of you to share with me if you’ve found one yourself. So far the cleanest one I’ve liked is Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, but I’m hesitant of the word “spices” because what does that mean? If they can’t tell you exactly what spices, it’s bound to be some form of MSG. Do your research. Moderation in all things.

Without further ado, here is the recipe!

Mom’s Taco Seasoning
Combine all ingredients together and store extra in airtight container.
3 Tablespoons = 1 packet of store bought seasoning.
(I have changed one part of this recipe by cutting the sugar in half.)

1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup sugar
2 Tbs salt
1/3 cup chili powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs oregano leaves
1/4 cup cumin

Taco Boats

1 lb of ground turkey (or your preferred meat/veggies)
Butterhead lettuce
Any choice toppings such as:
Shredded cheese of choice, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, salsa


1. Brown the ground turkey. Once fully cooked, add 3 Tbs of taco seasoning, a small can of tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup of water, let it simmer on low for 10 minutes.
2. Wash and separate the lettuce into it’s little boats.
3. Prepare all other toppings, build your boat and enjoy!

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