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Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps ~ Whether left over turkey or packaged ground turkey, you can’t go wrong with these taco flavored low-carb lettuce wraps.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps ~ The Complete SavoristI love lettuce wraps.  I don’t care what’s in them.  Call it a protein burger, when it’s simply just a bunless burger or ground chopped meat and veggies seasoned and held together by lettuce. Aren’t they all just weird salads without shredding the lettuce? Regardless, I’ll take em’ all. I love my carbs, truly do, just check out the pasta page on this blog, yet I love my simple meals of protein and veggies. And I especially love them when they are incredibly easy and quick to make.

If you have leftover turkey, chopped it up, mince it.  If you have ground turkey use it.  Or sub in ground beef or pork or even a yummy blend of all of them. This dish is simple and laid back like that. Toss in whatever meat you have and enjoy.

Holiday cooking and baking is in full swing.  Heavy eating has ensued. Butter. Cream. Butter. Sugar. Carbs. Butter.  Oh, did I mention butter? Yeah, lots of butter.  But it’s the holidays so I’ll just continue to ignore the copious amounts of butter.  However, to keep some sort of balance (and my pants fitting), I knew I had to put away the butter and make one of my more traditional meals. I am so happy I did. This was quick and easy as I mentioned, but loaded with lots of flavor.

I usually default to beef for dishes like this because I am huge fan of the cow. Surprisingly,  I chose turkey and I am so glad I did.  It was hearty and meaty like I crave, but a lot fewer calories and fat grams.  The part I loved best about these Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps, the 4 year old ate more of it than I did and didn’t stop to pick a thing out of it.  Wish I could say she did the same with the vegetable fried rice I just made.Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps ~ The Complete Savorist

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican Fusion
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs . ground turkey (or beef/pork/blend)
  • 1 cup onions; diced
  • 1-15 oz . can black beans; drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn (or canned)
  • 1-15 oz . can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz . tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Leaves of lettuce (Boston, Bibb, Butter)
  • Salt/pepper; to taste

Optional items

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Green onions; diced

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a heated pan on medium-high
  2. Cook the onions for 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to soften
  3. Add the garlic and the turkey (or meat of choice) and cook on one side for 2 minutes
  4. Sprinkle the meat with the taco seasoning, mix well and allow the turkey and onions to cook for an addition 3 minutes, stirring frequently
  5. Add the corn, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce, mix well
  6. Continue to cook until the turkey is done through, about 5 minutes
  7. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper, more taco seasoning if needed
  8. Gently fold in the black beans and heat through.
  9. Spoon onto washed/dried lettuce leaves; serve
  10. Garnish with the optional items of cheese, sour cream, and green onions

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps ~ The Complete Savorist

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon
    November 18, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I love lettuce wraps but have never thought of using leftover turkey! Genius!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Thank you Lisa. One can only eat so many turkey sandwiches (although I am really looking forward to one.)

  • Reply
    Renée J. (RJ Flamingo)
    November 18, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I love lettuce wraps, too, and these look like a great idea for holiday leftovers! Stumbled and Pinned!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thank you Renée! New spin on the turkey sandwich. 🙂

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    November 18, 2014 at 6:31 am

    This just gets me even more excited about shoving my face full of turkey next Thursday! 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Can you believe we have 8 days!!!!

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    November 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

    these photos are making me hungry

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I still have some left, come on over.

  • Reply
    janelle
    November 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I love lettuce wraps. these look great.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Janelle, love them too.

  • Reply
    heather @french press
    November 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

    such a great idea for taco Tuedsay

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Oh yes, Taco Tuesday!!!

  • Reply
    fabiola@notjustbaked
    November 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Lettuce wraps are the best, and I don’t make them enough. Not sure why, they just never pop into my head, and I love them! These look great!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Fabiola, really are tasty and so easy. So what’s not to love, fast, easy and healthy!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    November 18, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Great idea for “the day after.” I can eat a lettuce cup anytime…they just make you feel healthy, don’t they?

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I agree. I feel I can eat a couple or more without overdoing it.

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    November 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Such a great way to cut down on unnecessary calories while still packing in the flavor. Love it.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Kelly. I love holiday eating, but one can only do so much of it.

  • Reply
    Debra Clark
    November 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Love lettuce cups and what a great idea. There’s gonna be lots of leftovers come next week! Love this!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Yes, and while I can eat the meal a couple of time, after a bit, I need to get creative with what is left.

  • Reply
    cristina
    November 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    YUM! Your turkey lettuce wraps look so delish! I’m with you about lettuce wraps, they’re so refreshing and I usually don’t feel nearly as full after eating, but still satisfied. Great idea… 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you Cristina. I’m glad I’ve company in the lettuce wrap camp. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim - Liv Life
    November 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I’m totally with you on lettuce wraps!! It just doesn’t matter what’s in them. But… what you have in them is simply fabulous!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you Kim! I finished them off for dinner tonight! Still delicious.

  • Reply
    Nicole, RD
    November 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful colors in this low-carb dinner…so healthy!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you Nicole…I had to return to my normal eating/cooking style before all the holiday yumminess did me in. 🙂

  • Reply
    christine
    November 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I really like serving lettuce wraps. I’ve never done anything but Asian, I like the TexMex twist.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Have to keep mixing things up to keep the foodie in me happy, I suspect you’re the same.

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