Taco Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are a great option for summer meals. While they do involve a bit of cooking, it’s minimal. These are light yet filling, and you can add all your favorite toppings to these taco lettuce wraps.

These are a great meal option when you have a few people to feed and everyone enjoys different toppings. While the yield on this is small, you can easily double this recipe and add all kinds of different taco toppings. See some suggestions below.

A white platter of Taco Lettuce Wraps sits on a wood cutting board on a slate surface.

Lettuce wraps are a great option for lunch or dinner. They are easy to make, quick to assemble, and with a recipe like this one, you can easily accommodate anyone else you need to feed. Here are some ideas for other things you can add.

What Other Toppings Can I Add To These Taco Lettuce Wraps?

  1. Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  2. Salsa
  3. Sliced jalapeños
  4. Pickled red onions
  5. Black olives
  6. Chopped green onions
  7. Hot sauce
  8. Guacamole
  9. Corn kernels
  10. Diced red bell pepper
  11. Crumbled queso fresco
  12. Sliced radish
  13. Sliced cucumber
  14. Fresh chopped cilantro
  15. Fresh lime juice or lemon juice at serving

Ingredient Substitution Ideas

Need to substitute an ingredient in this recipe? Here are some ideas:

  1. Ground turkey:
    • Ground chicken
    • Ground beef
    • Ground pork
  2. Avocado:
    • Guacamole
    • Sliced cucumber
    • Hummus
  3. Iceberg lettuce:
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Butter lettuce
    • Bibb lettuce
  4. Cherry tomatoes:
    • Diced regular tomatoes
    • Sun-dried tomatoes
    • Roasted red peppers
  5. Red onion:
    • Green onions
    • Shallots
    • Yellow onion
  6. Olive oil:
    • Avocado oil
    • Canola oil
    • Coconut oil
  7. Salt and pepper:
    • Seasoned salt
    • Garlic salt
    • Lemon pepper
  8. Garlic powder:
    • Fresh minced garlic
    • Garlic paste
    • Onion powder
  9. Chili Powder:
A Taco Lettuce Wrap being dipped in a small bowl of salsa.

What To Serve With Taco Lettuce Wraps

Recipe Tips And Tricks

  1. Chill the Lettuce – This will keep it fresh and crisp.
  2. Prep Ingredients in Advance – Chop all the vegetables and measure everything before you start making this recipe. It will come together much faster that way.
  3. Season The Meat – Once the meat is done cooking, taste it and adjust any seasonings to your liking. Salt and pepper are a good thing to add, but you can also adjust the spices.
  4. Let The Turkey Cool – Serve the turkey warm or at room temperature. If it’s too hot, it will wilt your lettuce no matter how long you’ve chilled it.
Side angle focus of a white, round platter filled with Taco Lettuce Wraps.

FAQs

Can I Make This Ahead Of Time?

You can make the filling and prep the toppings ahead of time. This can be done up to three days in advance.

What Is The Best Lettuce For Lettuce Wraps?

The top choices for lettuce wraps are Iceberg lettuce, Butter lettuce, and Romaine lettuce. Any of them will work well for taco lettuce wraps.

What Can I Do With Leftovers?

Package all the leftover items separately. They can easily be tossed into an omelet for breakfast the next morning, or you can simply store them for more lettuce wraps the next day.

Is This Recipe Suiteable For Kids?

Absolutely! In fact, kids will love this one. Just steer them away from spicy toppings if they don’t like spicy foods. Otherwise, this is a perfect dish for the entire family.

An overhead view of a round platter filled with California Lettuce Wraps with a small bowl of salsa in the middle.

About The Ingredients

Wrap Filling

Ground turkey – You can use any type you like, or switch to beef or pork if that’s your preference.

Olive oil – You can also use coconut oil or any other oil you usually cook with.

Diced red onion – You can use yellow onions if you like, but red/purple will taste best here.

Garlic cloves – You can mince or press this. I prefer to press it.

Ground cumin

Chili powder

Salt – Add to taste.

Ground pepper – Add to taste.

Wrap Toppings

Avocado

Tomato – Use any type of tomatoes you prefer.

Shredded cheese – Monterey Jack or Cheddar are great choices, but use what you like best.

Lettuce leaves – See notes above for which lettuce to use for wrapping.

Instructions

Taco Lettuce Wrap recipe ingredients gathered on a wood cutting board.

Gather, measure, and prep all your ingredients.

Sautéing onions in a skillet.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion, and cook until the onions are translucent and slightly browned.

Adding fresh, pressed, garlic to a skillet with sautéd onions.

Add the garlic and sauté for one additional minute.

Raw ground turkey added to a skillet with sautéd onions and garlic.
Ground turkey, onions, and garlic, cooking in a skillet.

Add ground turkey to the skillet, breaking it apart with a spatula. Cook until browned.

Spices added to a skillet filled with ground turkey, onions, and garlic.
Cooked meat filling for this Taco Lettuce Wraps Recipe.

Stir in cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

An overhead view of a round platter filled with California Lettuce Wraps with a small bowl of salsa in the middle.
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Assemble the wraps by placing the turkey mixture, diced avocado, diced tomato, and shredded cheese on lettuce leaves.

Storage

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days. It’s best to pack them separately.

Freezing

Freezing is not recommended for the toppings, but the meat filling can be packed well and frozen for up to 6 months.

Reheating

You can reheat the filling with a bit of oil in a skillet. But don’t overhead it. Lukewarm is just fine. If it’s too hot, it will wilt your lettuce.

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California Lettuce Wraps

Delicious wraps that are light and filling. The entire family will enjoy this one!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Low Calorie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 589kcal

Ingredients

Wrap Filling

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • cups diced red onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves (pressed or minced)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • ground pepper (to taste)

Wrap Toppings

  • 1 medium avocado (diced)
  • 1 medium tomato (diced)
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Chedar)
  • lettuce leaves (for wrapping)

Instructions

  • Gather, measure, and prep all your ingredients.
    Taco Lettuce Wrap recipe ingredients gathered on a wood cutting board.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion, and cook until the onions are translucent and slightly browned.
    Sautéing onions in a skillet.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for one additional minute.
    Adding fresh, pressed, garlic to a skillet with sautéd onions.
  • Add ground turkey to the skillet, breaking it apart with a spatula. Cook until browned.
    Ground turkey, onions, and garlic, cooking in a skillet.
  • Stir in cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    Spices added to a skillet filled with ground turkey, onions, and garlic.
  • Assemble the wraps by placing the turkey mixture, diced avocado, diced tomato, and shredded cheese on lettuce leaves.
    An overhead view of a round platter filled with California Lettuce Wraps with a small bowl of salsa in the middle.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 1.538mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1.122IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 4mg

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