Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps


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.

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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

5 from 1 vote

Healthy and delicious turkey taco lettuce wrap, perfect for a light dinner

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: lettuce cups, lettuce taco
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 157 kcal
Author: jaclyn


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Recipe source: filling loosely adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Potassium 306mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 12.7%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

        • Nicole: Have you tried the recipe calculator in my fitness pal? My mom and I use it for all of our homemade recipes :-) May 29, 2017 at 10:12pm Reply

        • Shauna: According to the myfitnesspal Under Armour app, each wrap would have 313 calories. This looks like an amazing recipe and I can’t wait to try it! :) May 31, 2017 at 1:42pm Reply

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

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