Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps


Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | Cooking Classy

Healthy eating is very doable with recipes like this one! My husband and I couldn’t get over how good these were and even my kids loved them! This is one of those recipes that I will definitely add to my dinner rotation because these tacos not only taste amazing but they are a breeze to prepare and they are something I feel great about feeding my family.

This is actually the first time I’ve used ground turkey for tacos. I’ve been stubborn for years and finally decided to try them with ground turkey. I was raised on the ground beef tacos, my mom made them on a weekly basis so I never really wanted to try swapping out the beef for turkey because I’ve always loved the other version so much. Surprisingly enough I liked this turkey variation just as much! Yes it has a different, non-beefy flavor profile but with all the seasoning in these you don’t even miss that flavor. These are just light and refreshing, a dinner you don’t feel weighed down with after eating.

You don’t need to add all the toppings listed to these (I’m just known to always load my tacos up), but I’d say the cheese and tomatoes are a must – and the avocados just make them that much better. Then if you want to add more healthy fillers you could toss in some black beans or corn. These tacos are so incredibly delicious, I already can’t wait to make them again! This is healthy eating done right.

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Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Yield: About 6 tacos

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (preferably 2 tsp regular chili powder and 1 tsp ancho chili powder)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Iceberg or Romain lettuce leaves, doubled up, for serving
  • Shredded Mexican cheese, diced Roma tomatoes, diced red onion, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, light sour cream, for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 2 minutes. Add turkey and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing and breaking up turkey occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes until sauce has reduced. Serve mixture over lettuce leaves with desired toppings.
  • Recipe source: filling loosely adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | Cooking Classy


  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: These are so colorful and I love how low carb they are! Yum :) July 7, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Rachel: how many carbs on in this? February 16, 2016 at 2:11pm Reply

    • Natalie: Do you have all the nutritional facts for this. It looks great!!! February 18, 2016 at 10:20am Reply

      • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have nutritional info for my recipes, wish I did but I haven’t found a system that could get it accurate enough. February 18, 2016 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Fitri supardi: Definitely I Wil try this March 13, 2016 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Leslie: Yum! These look tasty. I like eating burgers on a lettuce leaf too, it helps cut the calories. Thanks for sharing! July 7, 2015 at 11:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I do that to, ever since I discovered the protein style burger at in-n-out I’ve been hooked! July 7, 2015 at 6:20pm Reply

  • Chelsea@TableForOne: I love turkey tacos! I make ground turkey like this in bulk most weeks so we can make tacos, burritos, and taco salads all week. I love the idea of using lettuce as the taco shell thought. Genius! July 7, 2015 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Steve: These look amazing! And the low carbs are the best part! July 7, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

  • Kelly: These look and sound amazing, I am bookmarking them to make soon!

    xx Kelly July 7, 2015 at 8:23pm Reply

  • Medeja: Yummy! They look colorful and delicious :) July 8, 2015 at 3:48am Reply

  • Elaine: These tacos were amazing. Super easy to make and put together. Will definitely be making these tacos again! Thanks for posting :) July 12, 2015 at 6:38pm Reply

  • cathy: These were colorful and delicious!! Tasty, healthy dinner idea . July 13, 2015 at 4:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to report back Cathy! July 14, 2015 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Elena: Made these tonight…so delicious July 30, 2015 at 9:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Elena! I’m glad you liked them! July 30, 2015 at 11:33pm Reply

  • Heather: It was delicious!!! Except the doubled up lettuce “shell” wasn’t very practical for me. I picked it up and the entire thing broke. Guess next time I’m going to have to buy some really massive heavy duty leaves ;) August 2, 2015 at 7:58pm Reply

  • Gloria Merida: Thank you for these healthy recipes August 16, 2015 at 9:07am Reply

  • Cherie H: So easy! This is the first time mine ever looked like the pictures posted on a site! Thank you. Delicious! August 16, 2015 at 11:47am Reply

    • Cherie H: Oh, and my husband turned his into a salad instead of a taco! August 16, 2015 at 11:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed these tacos Cherie! Thanks for your review :)! August 16, 2015 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Heather McGrann: <3 September 8, 2015 at 12:06am Reply

  • Amanda: This is probably a dumb question, but what kind of tomato sauce did you use? October 2, 2015 at 11:14am Reply

  • Samantha: Do you have the macros broken out for each wrap or serving? I’d love to make these but I’m counting my macros right now. November 13, 2015 at 11:53am Reply

  • Tess: How many calories is in this dish? I need to be able to track it. Looks great. January 12, 2016 at 9:08am Reply

  • JeanMarie: What are the carbs and sugar grams? they look amazing! January 12, 2016 at 9:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m sorry, I don’t have that info. January 14, 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Natalie: These tacos look amazing!! Like Tess, I was wondering if you had an idea of the calorie count for one serving. Thanks in advance! Can’t WAIT to try them. :) January 14, 2016 at 7:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m sorry, I don’t have that info. January 14, 2016 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Katherine: Just made these for lunch….yum. Can’t wait to have them again. Thanks for sharing. January 20, 2016 at 11:49am Reply

  • Veronica: Made this tonight for me and the hubby and they were a hit. Thank you so much for sharing. February 3, 2016 at 6:35pm Reply

  • Blake: i Made these for dinner tonight there really yummy but really messy thx for sharing!! February 7, 2016 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Shivana: These turkey lettuce tacos are AMAZING. I made them exactly as the recipe listed & I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone loved them. They are a hit! 👍🏼 February 26, 2016 at 8:03pm Reply

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