May 12, 2014

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps



This is my go-to turkey taco recipe. It's delicious and light – On nights I want to go low-carb, I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce wraps instead!

This is an oldie from the archives, but since I make this so often I thought I would update the photos just in time for taco Tuesday! It's naturally gluten-free, low-carb, and paleo & dairy-free without the cheese and sour cream. I find the outer leaves of Iceberg lettuce makes the best wraps, it's crisp and pliable and the leaves are large enough to make decent size wraps.


Add your favorite taco fixins such as shredded cheddar, light sour cream, chives, black olives, jalapeno, tomatoes or whatever you like on your tacos. The portions are generous, and if you're kids want shells, you can easily bake a few for them and use the same filling.

Making your own taco seasoning is a healthier alternative to buying packaged taco seasoning, and uses less sodium, no sugar, no preservatives and no msg. It also saves you money if you are on a budget. If you prefer to use the package seasoning, simply replace it with the spices listed here.


Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 2 lettuce wraps • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 255 • Fat: 11 g • Carb: 6 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 30 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 849 mg • Cholesterol: 108 mg 


Ingredients:
 
  • 1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 oz can tomato sauce
  • 8 large lettuce leaves from Iceberg lettuce
  • (optional) 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar - (7 pp)

Directions:

Brown turkey in a large skillet breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well. Add the onion, pepper, water and tomato sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.

Wash and dry the lettuce. Divide the meat equally between the 8 leaves and place in the center of each leaf and top with your favorite taco fixins! With the cheese, 2 wraps are 7 pp (toppings extra).

137 comments :

  1. Just found your blog- LOVE IT! Thanks for the WW recipes

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  2. Yum!! And I never knew how to make my own taco seasoning! So thanks for giving me a better alternative to using those little seasoning packs!

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    1. I agree! Thanks for the gluten free homemade alternative!

      KK

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  3. Another great one, Gina! When is your restaurant going to open?

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  4. These look delicious! I love asian style lettuce wraps, so I think I'd really like this mexican version.

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  5. Those lettuce tacos look really tasty!

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  6. I can't believe that I never thought to do tacos this way. lol I did find taco shells ...cant remember the brand that are 3 for 3 WW points. but this is FREE!! I will make these this coming week for sure! Thanks Gina! :)

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  7. I stumbled upon your site from a google search, and I just tried this tonight. It was delicious. Even my boyfreind, who refuses to eat decent, smelled this and wanderedover. I am looking forward to trying your other recipes. Thank you for giving me a resource that lets me not feel like I'm dieting.

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    1. Hi! Can I add black beans to this recipe? If so, when should I add them?

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  9. Your site is beautiful and well done. THANK YOU for sharing !

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  10. Thank you for your recipes! I got inspired by your site and joined WW this week. I made this recipe for my family tonight- and it was a hit! I didn't have any big lettuce leaves, so I served it on a bed of salad mix and crushed a few Trader Joe's low fat blue corn tortilla chips in (2 pts) to add extra crunch. Thanks for the seasoning mix too! Awesome recipe :-)

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  11. @ Natali, glad you liked it! I love Trader Joe's and love those blue chips! Great idea : ) Good luck with the weight loss!

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  12. I made these tonight...delicious!

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  13. Loved this! Made this tonight -- whole family raved. No need for points-adding toppings!

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! We've made this three times in the last three weeks. I subbed taco seasoning for the spices, and used about half of both a red and green pepper. I also used Boston (aka butter) lettuce.

    The next night, I mixed some leftover turkey mix with some whole wheat penne and it was delicious.

    Thanks for this excellent recipe!

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  15. I made this last night. I used one large clove of garlic (minced) instead of powder garlic. I didn't have any bell pepper on hand so I tossed in about a tablespoon of diced green chilies.

    I had some for lunch today. Both times I had it with romaine lettuce for my 'tacos.'

    Thanks!

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  16. I just found your website and I am hysterical with happiness!!!! I am a ww lifetime member who has lost over 75lbs. I am always looking for recipes to make for not only myself, but one's that my family will enjoy as well!! Thank you! :-)

    Jana

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  17. I just started WW and found your website tonight , I can't wait to make some of your receipes!!! Do you have a cookbook?!?!

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  18. We live on a limited budget and eat mostly venison. I have no idea what the point system is to adjust for that. Can you help me?

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  19. You're welcome Jana!

    No, I don't have a cookbook. Hopefully I will someday.

    3 oz venison is 3 points, 3 ounces turkey breast is 2 pts. I'm not sure how the venison would effect the points in this recipe, it will be a little higher.

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  20. This taco seasoning is amazing!!! It will now be a staple in our house, no more taco packets!!

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  21. Gina, LOVE your website and like others, can't believe I never thought of doing tacos this way! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  22. You're welcome! I'm a former carb-free dieter so I have lots of great carb-free ideas that are low in points!!

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  23. Gina, I shared your white bean turkey chili at my WW work meeting. I have lost 56 pounds so far. I make the chili recipe once a week and take leftovers for lunch. I just saw this recipe, cant wait to make it. I cant wait for your cook book. Please write one soon. Also I am a big QVC watcher, they you can come on there and share it on the Cook book corner on Sundays with David (one of the host).

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  24. Thanks Chanah! I hope to have a cook book soon!! Thanks for sharing the white bean chili recipe. One of my favorites.

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  25. I am currently in college and im getting back on the weight watcher program ( and tricking my roommates into it too) we LOVED this recipe it was sooooo GOOOD. I have also made the crock-pot taco chilli, and the cilantro lime rice. Thank you for all of your fun recipes

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  26. @Ali- I love that you are tricking them!! Glad you liked them!

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  27. Great refreshing summer recipe. Thanks. We are working our way through your recipes, and really enjoying the preparation as well as the end results, delicious and healthy.

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  28. This looks very delicious the picture makes me want to run to the kitchen and make it :) I do agree that this is a refreshing summer recipe just add some chopped tomato and onion. YUM!

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  29. I love this recipe!! I took the recipe for the ground turkey taco meat and adapted it into a taco salad by topping the turkey on top of a bed of iceburg lettuce with some fat free cheese and ranch dressing on top. It's one of my (and my hubby's) favorites!!

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  30. I was definitely skeptical of these, being that we are a family that loves tacos, but was beyond surprised by how good they ended up being. My husband and all 3 of my boys loved them! Even the youngest who usually doesn't want lettuce in anything. Imgaine that! These will definitely become a popular meal around our house. Thanks so much, Gina!

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  31. I recently joined Weight Watchers and stumbled upon your site after Googling "weight watcher recipes". These lettuce wraps are the 2nd recipe I've tried (the 1st was the skinny tuna melt) and both were delicious. I can't wait to try more. Barbacoa beef is on the menu for tomorrow's dinner. Thanks Gina!

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  32. So happy you guys liked them, it's been a while since I make these, I'm do!

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  33. I am trying to cut back on sodium and love tacos so when I stumbled across your site,I was at the grocery store that night to pick up ground turkey. I made these last night and it was super yummy and my husband was in love with it too! I think next time I will use Boston lettuce, because i kinda ripped my romaine lettuce cups-haha! the other thing I wanted to ask you was do you drain out the juices when you serve? or do you serve the meat with all the juices? is it grease?

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  34. The juices dry up while they simmer, boston lettuce makes a great wrap!

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  35. do you have the calories etc. for this one?

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  36. Gina,
    This is the BEST website ever....I love to cook and have tried so many of your recipes...you have made me want to eat healthy...I've lost 16lbs, my husband has lost 11 and we feel great!!The pics make me want to try the recipes, everything looks so yummy!! I've told so many of my friends about your site, you are wonderful!!!

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  37. I was thrilled to find this recipe for using lettuce instead of tortillas since we were all out of tortillas and it was not possible to run to the store. Thanks for such an awesome blog with a search feature!

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  38. I made these and cooked some taco shells for my husband. He was thrilled! I could make him Tacos without feeling like I had to do without. Have you ever tried making a recipe for chicken lettuce wraps? I had tried these at PF Chang's before and they were wonderful. Would love to see a lighter version.

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  39. Great guys, lettuce makes a great low carb tortilla!

    Melissa, I want to ppst one soon, I keep buying the lettuce to make them, then I wind up using it.

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  40. I just started weight watchers and I love your blog! How would the points change if i used ground beef instead?
    Thank You for all the great recipes!

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  41. Thanks Mama! I no longer have that info saved, you'll have to re-calculate in recipe builder to see the difference.

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  42. Do you happen to know the calorie count on these, for those of us that are counting our calories?? thanks

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  43. Hi I just updated the nutritional info.

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  44. This is literally the best taco meat I have ever had!!! Delicious. I've NEVER been a cook before but now that I have a baby I wanted to start learning healthy, delicious recipes and with your site, mission accomplished! Thank you thank you thank you!

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  45. Gina-

    Made these last night and they were GREAT! Will have to make again soon!

    Jen

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  46. Made these last night and they were delish!! Have you ever tried an asian inspired chicken lettuce wrap? Been looking for a good recipe.

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  47. I just made this recipe for my fiance and I for dinner tonight and it was absolutely Delicious!!

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  48. I just ate a bunch of Halloween candy, and don't have many points left for dinner. This looks like it'll foot the bill! Thanks! lol

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  49. Just made these and they are AMAZING! I added a tsp of chopped jalepeno for a kick. Super Delicious!

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  50. Loved it! I diced avocado and sprinkled it on top. We skipped the cheese altogether. Didn't mean to just forgot to pull it out. Was fantastic even without the cheese. We will be adding this to our rotation of Gina recipes! Thank you Gian!

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  51. This was fantastic. Satisfying and the spices are perfect. We added black beans for protein and a little low-fat shredded cheddar. Thanks for all the great recipes! Holly

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  52. I used ground chicken instead of turkey, so amazing!! Got rave reviews at the dinner table :)

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  53. Such a great idea. I have ground turkey and I'm ready to make it. So often I get taco cravings but don't want to eat the tortillas.

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  54. This is fantastic... couple of a notes.. I accidentally grabbed ground turkey thigh instead of breast, but I think that just added to the flavor. Also, I found the seasoning mix a tad bit on the salty side? I'm not sure if I just measured wrong. But next time I plan to make the seasoning with less salt.

    Other than that -- fantastic!

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  55. After I doubled the seasoning, tomato sauce (no salt added)and added in salsa, this was perfect. Also, subbed in jalapeno for the bell pepper.

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  56. Gina, I have NEVER cooked before...ever! Ever since Pinterest (which I love), I have been following your blogs!! I have many so many of your recipes and everyone is SHOCKED that it's coming from me..the non cooker. Just made these for my boyfriend and I. He just said, "omg I can eat these every night." It feels great hearing that..,I owe it to you!!! You rock girl!!

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  57. My fiance and I just made these and they were delicious! So glad I found your site ...I'm starting weight watchers again and I love all of your recipes! Thanks :)

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  58. Hi Gina- I'm in love with your site! Every recipe has been wonderful. I'm going to make these tacos this week but I don't have sauce. Could I just use canned diced tomatoes with some of the juice? Or does sauce pull it together better? Thanks!

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  59. Yum so trying these next week. Thank you!

    Tab

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  60. Hello....I just found your blog today and I'm loving what I see.....I'm diabetic and on a very strict diet....I see lots of good recipes that I can't wait to try...Thank you ......These tacos are going to be the first thing I try......will report back.....your new friend...Theresa

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  61. this was amazing all your recipes are wonderful my goal is to try everyone of them!!! I didnt have any luck with ground turkey but i tried it again with this recipe and it was amazing!!! Also i just want to give a thanks to you I have been on WW for the second time and couldnt stick to it this time, I found your website a month ago and I have lost 12 pounds so far!! thank you soo much you I have never been so happy losing weight!

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  62. Just found your site love it!!

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  63. Can this be done in the crock pot?

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  64. it's really such a grea8 receipe i loved it.......

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  65. Found you from cave princess's Facebook page. Love your site and healthy recipes! Newest follower.
    www.kraftinmommy.blogspot.com

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  66. I have made these twice and they are a huge hit with my boyfriend and roommate. They were saying mmmmmmm the whole time. I for sure put this is my save forever recipes!

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  67. These tacos are soooo good!! Have gone Paleo and it fits wonderfully with my new lifestyle change!! They have become our signature taco recipe!!! So so good!!!

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  68. Saw this on Pinterest, now I'm pinning EVERYHING! I love your website. And these tacos look amazing.

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  69. Just made these for dinner tonight...delish!

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  70. Instead of using low fat sour cream, try plain greek yogurt, great substitute!

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  71. I make these on a regular basis and love them. Thank you for all your hard work and effort in creating meals that are realistic in terms of ability needed to make them and in terms of the ingredients involved that are both healthy and delicious. I love love love your blog.

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  72. I had left over met and stuffed an orange bell pepper with it. Yum!

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  73. I love love love lettuce wraps! Such a yummy, light alternative to tacos!

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  74. YUMMY! Cooking this tonight!

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  75. love lettuce wraps... They are so light and delicious!! Making them with turkey lightens them up even more!!

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  76. Lettuce wraps are one of our favorite ways to lighten things up. And they taste so much better than taco shells! This is such a great dinner option.

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  77. perfect! can't wait to try them...

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  78. Love lettuce wraps, especially when we have guests that happens to stop by without notice. So quick and healthy to whip up!

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  79. Can you tell me what the serving size is? Thanks!

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  80. What a great way to make tacos. Love it!

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  81. Love your recipes!. I was just wondering, when you say to add the meat mixture to the lettuce shelss it didn't mentione how much of the meat mixture you use in each. I realize of course when I make this (andI will be making it!) i can just put it all in a big measuring bowl and then divide it up into 8 servings, but I thought if you already knew..... Thanks again, my husband and I really love your recipes and our both on WW. Better yet our son loves them too and just got home for from his first year of college so I can't wait to try some more recipes out for him too.

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  82. I made this last night. It was delicious (as were today's leftovers.) It was so simple. I can't wait to make this again.

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  83. On my list to try! Have yet to make something from your blog that isn't a total hit!

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  84. Yummmmm

    I would love for you to link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

    Cathy

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  85. G'day! Your photos make turkey tacos looks yum and healthy, TRUE!
    Never made tacos with turkey, but might have to re think that too! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne
    What's On The List?
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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  86. Gina, I made these for dinner last night, did not have turkey since, where I live, turkey is only sold as a whole and not in small badges, so I made it with ground meat..It was incredibly delicious, healthy and light! My husband is a big fan of fried and unhealthy food and was so skeptical about the lettuce wrap, when he tried it he just loved it!!! Thank you so much for having one of the best food blogs!!

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  87. Hey a simple low fat and delicious idea for sdinner

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  88. I made this and the unfried ice cream tonight and both were huge hits!

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  89. Gina, thank you for another great tasting recipe made these tonight and they were great, and the taco seasoning was so tasty,from now on I will be making my own, with your recipe. thanks again

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  90. I made these tonight for dinner and the spice combination is better than anything store bought. I didn't have tomato sauce but I had a jar of heirloom tomatoes and I used that instead. Amazing taste. Thank you!
    This one is a keeper.

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  91. These were a big hit! My husband insisted on a hard shell, so we bought La Tiara shells, which were 1 point each. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  92. I just made this tonight...It was delicious! Thank you for posting it :-). I'll be making this one again for sure.

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  93. OK, I need help- how do you manage to pull full leaves off of a head of iceberg lettuce without completely shredding them in the process? Every time I tried the leaf either tore in half, or the end product had little small tears throughout that would have made eating this as an actual wrap a complete mess.

    Any tricks you can recommend? Thanks!

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  94. Thank you again. We enjoyed this recipe. :)

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  95. BULK this recipe up with steamed, coarsely mashed CAULIFLOWER!! it's healthy, filling and you will never know it's there!

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  96. By far this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy "the taco" I didn't even miss the sour cream. Such an enjoyable dish the whole family enjoys.

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  97. These were awesome!! Thanks again for the healthy recipes.

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  98. Found your recipe through google search as I had tacos on my mind after a workout. This is a fantastic variation to typical tacos, in fact I'll probably never go back to normal tacos. The seasoning was perfect, subbed in brown rice with the meat cause I'm currently training for a half marathon, but this is/will be a subbed in meal! Will definitely check your site out!

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  99. It looks delicious...Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I am going to try this one

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  100. We have Taco Tuesday every week too! I usually buy the "mild" versions of the packaged seasoning mix b/c my kids don't like spice...in this case, does the cumin add spice along with the chili powder? What changes would you recommend to make the seasoning mild and kid-friendly?

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  101. Inspired!! :)

    I think we're going to start having Taco Tuesday at our house. I love the idea of using lettuce instead of taco shells!

    What a tasty low-carb meal idea! Thank you for sharing it! :)

    Kellie

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  102. This sounds great. I'll have to try it. I like the idea of the lettuce wrap, but moreover I like the idea of seasoning the turkey without having to use an envelope of taco seasoning, but I would not have known what seasonings to use so thank you! I could also see putting this over a full salad to make a taco salad instead of a wrap. I can't wait to try it.

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  103. The idea of using lettuce instead of taco shells is brilliant! I'd add cilantro to the mix, but I know that's a matter of taste. Thanks for giving me a new idea for taco night!

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  104. I actually just found this in your old recipes last week and made it for Cinco de Mayo. They were SO good! Even my husband, who usually doesn't like ground turkey, thought they were fantastic!

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  105. Making these as I speak (er, type). I substituted the meat for lentils cooked in broth and am really looking forward to seeing how they turn out. Thanks for the recipe!

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  106. trying these!
    http://lifestyleschizophrenia.blogspot.com

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  107. Made this last night for the family, it was a hit!! I heard one of my kids say, "I don't feel like I am missing anything." Doubled the ingredients and had nothing left over... must have been good.

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  108. This is one of my favorite recipes from your site! My husband and I love this! We use nonfat plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. YUM! :)

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  109. Thank you for your recipes!
    its PERFECT.
    I make TACO in like this recipe
    http://www.healthyfoodsolution.com/flavorful-lunch-or-light-dinnerwith-meat-or-vegetarian/

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  110. Although these were absolutely delicious, I had a lot of liquid left in the pan at the end. Do you drain the liquid before serving?

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  111. Bowl made by lettuce are ideal and pretty nice. Is this easy to move?

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  112. I love Tacos but i have. It sure looks yummy and delicious! Good to make this at home.

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  113. I made these tonight, and WOW! My husband loved it too, and he grew up eating his Abuela's authentic Mexican cuisine. We did double the amount of chili powder, since we did not have to worry about it being kid friendly. I will absolutely be making these again.

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  114. These are fantastic! We all loved them! Full flavor but not too spicy- definitely use Turkey not ground beef for a lighter flavor. Thank you!!!

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  115. Made these tonight and they were so good! I wrapped them in Boston Bib lettuce and topped with avocado slices. I also made some Spanish rice on the side. What a yummy, healthy, and easy dinner! They will definitely be going into heavy rotation in my house!

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  116. The whole family loved this one. We did put them in hard shells because that's all I had (no lettuce), but the meat was awesome!

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  117. Hi, was wanting to try this but sodium seems high. I don't see where the numbers come from unless it's the tomato sauce and salt. Any ideas? Was thinking of using no salt added sauce and salt substitute or cutting salt in half.

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  118. I made these for dinner on Monday. They were so easy, good and surprisingly filling!

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  119. I made these for dinner last night and I LOVE them!!! Will definitely be a "regular" on the meal plan in my home!!

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  120. made these tonight and they are surprisingly awesome! so flavorful!

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  121. These are absolutely amazing and from now on Taco Nights are made with this recipe and put on homemade tortillas. I have a question though, I had to sub 97% lean ground turkey and I used an recipe analyzer to get the new calories and for some reason, mine says its only 195 calories per servings? I feel like I am missing something, is cheese included in the calories?

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  122. HI Gina,
    I'm not on WW as the points confuse me but I have been on it in the past. I am eating a 90% plant based diet and 10% lean chicken and turkey (I don't eat fish anymore or beef, lamb or pork). These recipes are amazing and even I am going to try and make this taco recipe. Can you make this taco seasoning ahead and jar it up? I have a huge container of Lawrys taco seasoning but I would rather use homemade. I inherited the container from a friend that passed away. If I can make this is bulk I will give this container to my son! The main reason I am posting is to THANK you for making this site free for us poor working class amazing people. Thank you thank you thank you!! I found you via Erin Stutland. Thanks again! I just got a VITAMIX and I am too excited for words!! I am reading your smoothie recipes now. I drink greenery every morning!!
    Jana

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  123. Hi Gina Love your recipe's shared with lots of my friends. so are these 6 points for 2 wraps T

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  124. Was very tasty! I think this filling might be good in stuffed peppers, too!

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  125. the taste must be great, and they look well.

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  126. I really liked your post; it has been very useful for me as a new user of blogger.

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  127. I'm sensitive to salt at times. Is this recipe really salty tasting? I see the sodium is high in it.

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  128. I'm using organic 85% lean ground beef instead. Can I get away with no tomato sauce?

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