30 Minute Meals · Beef/Lamb · Recipes

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Hi everyone!  How are you?

I had a craving for tacos the other day but I wanted to try a lighter alternative to your typical, high-fat taco shell.  BAM!  This lettuce taco wrap was born.  Just like when you add shredded lettuce to any taco, the lettuce adds a fresh, crispness to the otherwise heavy ingredients.   Mind you, these aren’t “walking tacos” in the sense that they aren’t finger-licking messy.  Depending on your lettuce, you may need one or two pieces to keep everything in there.  Keep lots of napkins handy!

What’s the benefit to using pieces of lettuce as your shell?  You don’t feel as heavy after eating one.  So do what I do, and have two or three or even more.  Plus, I always say that anything messy is just plain tasty.

Happy eating!

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 tacos

Taco Lettuce Wraps


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (or lean ground turkey)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 3/4 water
  • 4-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 8 large Iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Toppings (we used cheese, corn, grape tomatoes, fat-free sour cream and green onions)


  1. Brown meat in a large skillet. When it is no longer pink, add dry seasoning and mix well. Add onion, water, and tomato sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
  2. Wash and dry the lettuce. Place the meat in the center of the leaf and top with tomatoes, cheese, salsa, etc.

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