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