This Paleo Ground Turkey Taco Zoodles recipe has been my most recent dinner obsession. It started while I was doing the Whole30 in January, and I have been unable to stop eating it ever since.

I make this recipe at least once a week! And my husband and I literally lick the pan clean…. yup the pan… not our individual plates. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I blame the magic ground turkey taco meat. It’s the most delicious taco seasoned ground turkey that I’ve ever made! And it all came to be on accident.

I mentioned the story in my Paleo 7 Layer Ground Turkey Taco Dip recipe. BUUUT, basically I was tired of cooking one night. I cooked everything I ate during the Whole30… and was not feeling it that night.

So, I threw some ground turkey onto a pan. Literally threw it on. Haha

Note: make sure to use ground turkey that has a little extra fat in it. I used 94% ground turkey for this recipe. The grocery store was actually out of the 99% one that I normally buy… so it was fate!

The extra fat makes a difference in the texture and taste of this magic ground turkey taco meat.

Then I added some homemade taco seasoning to the ground turkey meat. Salt, ground pepper, red pepper flakes, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, parsley, oregano…. I started to mix the seasoning into the ground turkey.

Then I added tomato paste and hot sauce to the ground turkey and mixed. All while the heat was on.

Then I remembered that I wanted diced red pepper in the meat, so I pushed the ground turkey aside, and added the diced red peppers to the pan. I let everything cook itself.

Then I mixed everything together, and cooked it a bit longer.

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While the meat was cooking, I added spiralized zucchini to another pan and cooked it with some strained tomato sauce.

I topped the zoodles with the magic ground turkey taco meat and mixed everything together.

Honestly, at the time I wasn’t expecting much. I actually apologized to my husband and said, “sorry if this is weird, I was just lazy and didn’t know what to make”.

WELL this Paleo Ground Turkey Taco Zoodles recipe knocked our socks off! I actually started to frantically try to remember what I had done to make this and started taking notes.

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Because, I had to make this delicious dish again. I just had to!

So I experimented with the notes that I scribbled down and luckily I remembered it correctly because I’ve been making this magic ground turkey taco meat every since. I used it to make that 7 layer dip that I mentioned above.

And I use it ALL the time to make this Paleo Ground Turkey Taco Zoodles recipe.

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My husband and I can eat the whole thing for dinner. But I can see it serving up to 3 people.

Though if you are worried about if this will serve enough, add another spiralized zucchini to the mix and add a bit more strained tomato sauce to the pan while cooking it.

Yay for lazy night success! Please try this and let me know how you like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out my lemon pesto zoodles.

Oh and if you are looking for a meatless taco bowl option, check out these Easy Vegan Burrito Bowls from Veggie Balance.

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Paleo Ground Turkey Taco Zoodles (GF)

Magic ground turkey taco meat + zucchini noodles = Whole30, Paleo, Grain-free love.
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo
Servings 2 servings
Calories 459 kcal


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound of 94% lean ground turkey ( don’t use 99%, a little fat here makes the recipe better)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3 Tbs tomato paste (Cento is Paleo)
  • 2 Tbs hot sauce (Franks is Paleo)
  • 1 red pepper , diced
  • 1 large zucchini , spiralized
  • 3 Tbs Pomi strained tomatoes


  • In a large frying pan, add 2 tsp of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the ground turkey to the pan. Top the ground turkey with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 3/4 tsp chili powder, 3/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried parsley, and 1/2 tsp oregano. Mix the spices into the ground turkey while breaking the turkey up into smaller pieces. Add 3 Tbs tomato paste, and 2 Tbs hot sauce to the ground turkey and mix. Then push the ground turkey to one side of the pan so that it fills only 1/2 of the pan, and put the diced red pepper onto the other half of the pan.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, without mixing. Mix the red peppers and ground turkey together for about 1 minute. Then, cook the mixture for another 4 minutes while mixing every so often. Set the mixture aside.
  • In another large frying pan, add the spiralized zucchini with 3 Tbs of strained tomatoes, and heat over medium-high heat. Cook for 4-6 minutes, while mixing frequently. Stop when you have the desired consistency of your zoodles.
  • Top the zoodles with the ground turkey mixture, mix, and serve.
  • To serve 3-4 people, spiralize an extra zucchini and cook it was some extra strained tomato sauce.


Note: I used the “shredder” blade from my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicerto make the zoodles.


Calories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 47gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 1040mgPotassium: 1422mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 3405IUVitamin C: 122mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 5mg
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