Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

July 7, 2015

Make your weeknight tacos healthy with these Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps! They’re a breeze to throw together and are full of delicious flavors from ground turkey, delicious spices and all your favorite Mexican toppings.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps topped with avocado, tomatoes and cheese

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.

This in fact 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.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps in a white dish

Ingredients Needed to Make Taco Lettuce Wraps

  • Ground turkey
  • Onion and garlic
  • Spices, cumin, paprika  and chili powder
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chicken broth
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Desired toppings

Adding Toppings

You don’t need to add all the toppings listed (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.

 

A close up of Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

How to Make Taco Lettuce Wraps

These couldn’t be easier to make. All you need to do to prepare these is:

  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes until sauce has reduced.
  4. Serve mixture over lettuce leaves with desired toppings.

A close up of Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Tips and Tricks For Making Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

  • You can make the filling in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer (minus the toppings).
  • Optionally use ground chicken or extra lean ground beef instead of turkey.
  • For a spicer option try adding hot sauce, use spicy chili powder or red pepper flakes.
  • If you can’t find Romaine lettuce then iceberg lettuce will work well.

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Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

5 from 5 votes

Make your weeknight tacos healthy with these Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps! They're a breeze to throw together and are full of delicious flavors from ground turkey, delicious spices and all your favorite Mexican toppings.

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. 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.

  3. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes until sauce has reduced.

  4. Serve mixture over lettuce leaves with desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Tips and Tricks For Making Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

  • You can make the filling in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer (minus the toppings).
  • You could also try using ground chicken instead of turkey.
  • If you like your food a little spicier try adding hot sauce, more chili powder or red pepper flakes.
  • If you can't find Romaine lettuce then iceberg lettuce will work well.
  • Toppings not included in nutrition estimate.

Filling recipe loosely adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 284mg12%
Potassium 518mg15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 2995IU60%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: lettuce wraps, Tacos
Author: Jaclyn