Slow Cooker Turkey Lentil Tacos


A slow cooker taco filling with lean ground turkey and cooked lentils.


  • 1 lb dried lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Place the lentils and stock in the slow cooker. Add the turkey along with the onion, garlic, and all the spices and seasonings.
  2. Cook on low for 5 hours. Stir as needed at the end of cooking to break up the turkey meat. Remove cinnamon stick and serve over greens or as tacos like I’ve done above.


To freeze: remove the cinnamon stick, let cool, then divide and portion the filling to freeze. Two cups is usually plenty for a family of four for tacos or salads.