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Turkey Tinaktak

Posted by Courtney Schupp | March 3, 2022

Prep time:10 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 12


  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (lean)
  • 2 cups fresh string beans (cut in half)
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice (optional)

Live Well Tips

  • Tinaktak is a popular comfort dish from Guam and may have originated from the sound of chopping meat: tak! tak! tak!
  • Typically made with beef, this version uses lean turkey that is lower in saturated fat.
  • Use canned or frozen string beans instead of fresh.


  1. Wash hands well with soap and water.
  2. Heat canola oil in a pot on medium heat.
  3. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add ground turkey and cook until brown or temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Add string beans and cook until they begin to soften, about two to three minutes.
  6. Pour in coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer for two minutes
  7. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Stir well.
  8. Bring mixture to simmer for about 1 minute.
  9. Turn off heat and let sit for one minute to thicken.
  10. Serve hot over rice.

Cook Together! Making Recipe with Kids

This bright and zesty dish is a delicious and easy way to incorporate more veggies into your child’s diet! Use any veggies you may have on hand, or a frozen medley to cut down on prep time. You can also use any lean ground meat such as turkey or lean beef.

Easy Tasks

  • Gather ingredients and equipment
  • Wash fresh foods, drain, and pat dry

Intermediate Tasks

  • Measure all ingredients
  • Pick ends off string beans
  • Juice lemon

Difficult Tasks

  • Dice onion
  • Chop garlic
  • Cut string beans, cherry tomatoes, and lemon in half
  • Stir ingredients in pot

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 1/2 cup: Calories–150; Protein–9g; Carbohydrate–5g; Total Fat–11g; Saturated Fat–7g; Cholesterol–15mg; Fiber–0g; Sodium–125mg; Iron–10%; Calcium–2%

Adapted from University of Guam