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

  • Tessa m: 5*s! I made these they were super delicious! Very messy to eat but great I added corn and pinto beans to my turkey mix and topped with avocado cheese cilantro tomato sour cream and limes. Perfect! May 26, 2016 at 11:22am Reply

  • Jill: Made these tonight and they were fantastic! Definitely needed the two layers of romaine leaves–very messy! But the flavors were great and next time I’ll add more “stuff”, like avocado and black beans. I like the romaine serving as the “tortilla”, but may try bib or butter lettuce next time as they are deeper. Thanks for the recipe Jaclyn, it’s a keeper 😊 June 4, 2016 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Amie: I love these!
    Has anyone tried the recipe with beef instead of turkey?
    Was wondering how the seasoning would be with beef… July 6, 2016 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Mike Teahan: Macros as follows.
    Carbs 48g fat 60g protein 90g calories 1044
    This is for the entire lot so divide up into portions as you wish.
    Mike July 18, 2016 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Jill: Thanks for sharing this, going camping this weekend making up ahead of time then let the grandkids make their own up!!! July 27, 2016 at 2:44pm Reply

  • Pat: I checked several websites and found similiar recipes and nutritional facts (minus the avocado and sour cream)
    Per serving
    134 calories
    1.7 gm fat.
    The online WW calculator shows that to be 3 points August 15, 2016 at 2:30pm Reply

  • grace: I live in Australia where Tomatoe sauce is ketchup..is that what you mean or more like tomatoes pasta sauce?? August 17, 2016 at 9:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s more similar to a pasta sauce without the herbs and tomato bits. It’s a tomato puree (water + tomato paste) seasoned lightly with onion and garlic powder and salt. Tomato paste mixed with water can be substituted if you are able to find that, if not you could use canned tomato puree or crushed tomatoes, or blend canned tomatoes in a food processor. August 17, 2016 at 10:41pm Reply

  • Pat Hatch-Gibbon: Making shells purely out of lettuce leaves is such a wonderful and health conscious idea. I made this using Harmony Valley brand’s ground “beef” and it was superb! August 28, 2016 at 3:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Pat! August 31, 2016 at 11:00am Reply

  • Russell & Shirley Capaldo: Boy, I tell yah, it sure looks good.
    I wish I could buy one in our local Shoprite like the way I go in and buy a sub or sandwich.

    The wife and I are in our 70’s and looking for a healthier diet. It sure looks like this will work for us.
    Also, I recently had a heart attack and we are looking for the wright way to eat the rite foods.

    Is this what this is basically all about, eating
    healthier? August 30, 2016 at 6:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is! I wish you luck on your healthy journey – Thanks Russell and Shirley! August 31, 2016 at 10:37am Reply

  • Dazzled: I used turkey crumbles and taco seasoning mix. Added my toppings and it was yummy. September 6, 2016 at 6:55pm Reply

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