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Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps

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These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you’ll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)!

These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you'll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)!Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps

When I’m eating low-carb, I love using lettuce leaves in place of bread for everything from Steak Lettuce Taco Wraps, Chicken Club Lettuce Wrap Sandwich, and BLT Lettuce Wraps.

Have you ever had the Spinach Santa Fe Egg Rolls with the Cilantro Ranch Dipping Sauce from Chili’s? They’re dangerously good – I don’t even want to know how many calories they are. That’s where the inspiration for these lighter lettuce wraps came from. The lighting in these photos don’t even do them justice.

These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you'll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)!

I actually made my turkey breast in the crock pot last week just so I could have leftovers to create this recipe. I had one for lunch (only 4 WW pp) but since they are so light I think two would be perfect for dinner. If you want to make them Paleo, leave out the beans and add more spinach. I used my Avocado Cilantro Ranch Dressing as my sauce and it was perfect. If you’re lazy, you can mash 1/4 avocado into 1/2 cup light ranch dressing instead.

This time of the year is so challenging to eat good. Holiday parties, staying over at relatives, Christmas cookies – I really need will power. So I wanted to create a leftover recipe for turkey that’s not just delicious, but also light after a day of indulging on mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie.

How To Make Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are low-carb, keto, gluten-free and low calorie, and don’t interfere with the flavors of the filling. A few tips when making lettuce wraps:

  • Look for lettuce leaves that are large enough to hold the filling. I like to use iceberg lettuce for larger cups. Romaine lettuce and baby romaine are also great.
  • The leaves of butter or boston lettuce are smaller, but also wonderful.
  • If you prefer, you can turn this into a big chopped salad by simply serving this over a bowl over chopped lettuce.

Try These Leftover Turkey Recipes:

These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you'll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)!

Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps

5 from 6 votes
5
Cals:297
Protein:31
Carbs:21
Fat:13
These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you'll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you'll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)! Have you ever had the Spinach Santa Fe Egg Rolls with the Cilantro Ranch Dipping Sauce from Chili's? They're dangerously good – I don't even want to know how many calories they are. That's where the inspiration for these lighter lettuce wraps came from.
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 lettuce wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions
  • 12 oz leftover turkey breast, diced small
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 tbsp diced jarred jalapeno peppers
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 8 large Iceburg lettuce leaves
  • 12 tbsp Avocado Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the red bell pepper and scallions to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes until tender.
  • Add the diced turkey, corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to the pan. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring well so the spinach gets mixed in with everything.
  • Place about 1/3 cup of turkey mixture in the center of each lettuce leaf.
  • Top each wrap with 2 tbsp cheese and 1 1/2 tbsp avocado sauce if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2 lettuce wraps, Calories: 297 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Protein: 31 g, Fat: 13 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 53 mg, Sodium: 1358 mg, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 4 g

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67 comments on “Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps”

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  2. These look delicious, but soooo high in salt. Besides leaving out the 1/2t called for in the recipe, where is all that coming from, and how can I reduce it? I really want to use up my turkey in this recipe for lunches next week for work!

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  4. What in this recipe is making the sodium so high? What can I substitute to get the sodium county down significantly? Thanks!

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    Linda Szpenda

    Is there an easier way to print the recipes you post rather than clicking the Print Friendly button. That option always includes all the text as well???

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    Chinwe Mueller

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit!! I used fresh spinach and used a shortcut for the dressing and combined light ranch with Trader Joe's cilantro dressing (I couldn't find buttermilk and I'm allergic to avocado). I served it with Spanish rice on the side. The family loved it!

  7. These look fantastic. We go camping every year with a group of friends. Among the 13 of us, we have several dietary restrictions. These will work perfectly for most of us and I can make some vegetarian for the rest.

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    Seeking the South

    Hi there, I just recently posted a blog post about different ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers and this recipe was one of them! I was sure to link your post to it, but if you would like me to un-link please let me know! You can find the post here: http://seekingthesouthblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/18-ways-to-use-your-thanksgiving.html

  9. I made these today, but I used chicken instead…so good! The dressing is to dye for..love it..thanks for this recipe.

  10. This was excellent, thank you for another terrific recipe! In the directions you mention adding in Cayenne Pepper but I do not see it in the ingredient list, how much should be added?

  11. Just finished making this for lunch. The dressing is the BOMB! I'm doing mine up as a salad, so instead of wraps, filling & dressing over lettuce in a bowl.
    My son had a bowl of the filling for lunch with salsa & sour cream. My husband will have the filling for dinner with enchilada sauce.
    I keep avocado slices in my freezer to use in smoothies (keeps the foam down), so I just used those. Made my own buttermilk with milk & white vinegar. No pickled jalapeños, so chopped up a fresh one and tossed in with the pepper. I pulled some cooked turkey leftover from Thanksgiving out of the freezer the other day and was looking for ways to use it up. This fits the bill perfectly!

  12. I used two pounds of ground turkey breast, which I browned first. Then, I doubled the remaining ingredients – added the peppers and onions first to the cooked meat to wilt – and added them to the pan.

    I think I'll keep this on hand for my growing son to make for a snack. He's going to love it on a tortilla with a healthy dollop of guacamole and salsa.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Fantastic.

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    My Boys' Teacher

    Is the sodium accurate on this? Per serving? I'm having trouble adding up that much for the whole recipe based on the ingredients.

  14. I just made this with chicken and it was AMAZINGGGG. I'm excited to finally have another meal I can make! I did put it on actual wraps but good to know I can use lettuce wraps for less calories. Thank you!!

  15. This was an awesome way to use up some leftover turkey – thank you! And thank you for writing about Erin Stutland — I'm impressed with her approach to working out, overall fitness, mind/body/soul — very cool.

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    Skinnytaste Gina

    Not sure, I'm guessing yes or you can use the rest and put them in peppers to make stuffed peppers for a second meal.