Turkey Tacos with Homemade Corn Tortillas

Turkey Tacos with Homemade Corn Tortillas

Published on Monday, March 20, 2023
Lisa Green

Acid Reflux
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One of my all-time favorite foods to eat is tacos.  

I enjoy all types of tacos, from BBQ pork tacos topped with vinegar slaw to the traditional corn tortilla taco. This recipe is full of firsts for me. First, making homemade corn tortillas, and NO- you don’t even need a tortilla press, and second, making a taco seasoning that is GERD-friendly

While researching GERD-friendly spices to go into the taco seasoning, one ingredient popped up: cinnamon. I love cinnamon and I think this will be a perfect way to spice up the tacos without the side effects of the traditional cayenne, garlic, or onion powder. If you think you need to use chili powder, red pepper flakes, or even black pepper to make a real, authentic-tasting homemade taco seasoning, then you haven’t tried this blend!

Not only is it gut-friendly, but it is delicious. Give it a try and let us know in the comments below what you thought of them! 

The tortillas: This is why I gave this recipe a higher rating for the difficulty level. It’s not super difficult, but getting the right consistency and the right heat when frying the tortillas takes practice. By the time I was frying the last couple of tortillas the first time I made these, I felt I had it down.

If you watch the replay of the “What’s Cooking? With Dr. Koch” episode from Fireside Chat where we make these tacos, you will see me mention that the olive oil will appear ready for frying when the oil is “forming legs” or as Allison would say “it has lines in it” (aka streaking).

For the Taco Toppings: I prefer the traditional toppings when I use corn tortillas. You may top your tacos with your favorite garnishes, depending on your personal tolerances.

Traditional Mexican-style taco toppings:



Cotija cheese

Fresh lime

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Turkey Tacos with Homemade Corn Tortillas

Servings: 5


  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hours 0 mins




Corn Tortillas

  • 2 cups instant corn masa flour (Meseca)
  • 1 ½-2 cups water
  • Olive oil (to fry the tortillas)

GERD-Friendly Taco Seasoning

  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp allspice

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey

Optional Taco Toppings

  • Cilantro
  • Cotija cheese
  • Onion or green onions, chopped
  • Fresh lime


  1. First, combine all the seasoning ingredients together and then add them to the turkey. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  2. The tortillas: In a large mixing bowl, add the masa. Form a hole in the middle and slowly add half of the amount of water, mixing with your hands as you go.
  3. Then mix, add a little more, and repeat. The dough should have a little bit of stickiness but not enough to stick to your hands. Really work the dough, making sure all of the mesa is wet.
  4. Roll the dough into 1-ounce balls and place them underneath parchment paper so they don’t dry out. The yield is approximately 15-19 balls.
  5. Heat a saute pan with 2 TBSP olive oil to start. Olive oil has a low smoke point so it burns easily. If your diet allows, add a little bit of vegetable oil, to help prevent this.
  6. Otherwise, keep an eye on the temperature. I went from low heat to medium to high and back to low. I was consistently changing the temperature. For this reason, I went with a larger batch of tortillas. A couple might not make the cut!
  7. Place one ball in between two pieces of parchment paper, then smash it down with a round frying pan. Remove the flattened tortilla and put it in the hot oil. The tortilla should start to puff, then flip. This whole process takes less than 3 minutes per tortilla. Add a little more olive oil between each tortilla.
  8. Place the cooked ones on paper towels to absorb some of the olive oil. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt (optional).
  9. Once you have gotten a couple of the tortillas cooked, in a separate saute pan over medium-high heat, add the ground seasoned turkey with ½ cup water.
  10. Cook until the turkey is cooked all the way through. This takes about 10 minutes.
  11. Once the turkey is cooked, and the tortillas are complete, build your tacos. Top them with anything you like. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories 410
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.9g 29%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 17%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 68.6mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 39.8g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4.1g 16%
Sugars 1.6g
Protein 21g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


Difficulty level: 7

*Difficulty level on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being easy (little to no cooking experience required) and 10 being difficult (having a strong background in cooking, and using equipment)

1 serving is 3 tacos.

Nutritional Analysis does not include optional taco toppings.