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Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

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Ground turkey taco lettuce wraps are my go-to recipe when I want to eat something easy, delicious and light, and of course, healthy and low-carb! I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce leaves instead, and don’t even miss them!

Turkey taco lettuce wraps are my go-to recipe when I want to eat something easy, delicious and light, and of course, healthy and low-carb! I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce leaves instead, and don't even miss them!Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

They are naturally gluten-free, low-carb, keto, and paleo, whole30 & dairy-free without the cheese or sour cream. I find the outer leaves of Iceberg lettuce makes the best wraps, they are crisp and pliable and the leaves are large enough to make decent size wraps. More lettuce wraps I love are BLT Lettuce Wraps, Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Turkey taco lettuce wraps are my go-to recipe when I want to eat something easy, delicious and light, and of course, healthy and low-carb! I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce leaves instead, and don't even miss them!

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps Tips

  • Look for lettuce leaves that are large and sturdy such as iceberg, baby romaine or butter. You can also double up on the leaves.
  • Add your favorite taco fixings 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.

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Turkey taco lettuce wraps are my go-to recipe when I want to eat something easy, delicious and light, and of course, healthy and low-carb! I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce leaves instead, and don't even miss them!

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

4.81 from 31 votes
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Cals:255
Protein:30
Carbs:6
Fat:11
Turkey taco lettuce wraps are my go-to recipe when I want to eat something easy, delicious and light, and of course, healthy and low-carb! I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce leaves instead, and don't even miss them!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Turkey taco lettuce wraps are my go-to recipe when I want to eat something easy, delicious and light, and of course, healthy and low-carb! I forgo the taco shells and use lettuce leaves instead, and don't even miss them!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 lettuce wraps (cheese and toppings are optional and not included in NI)

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 (omit for Whole 30)

Instructions

  • 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 fixings!

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Nutrition

Serving: 2 lettuce wraps (cheese and toppings are optional and not included in NI), Calories: 255 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 108 mg, Sodium: 849 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g

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205 comments on “Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps”

  1. I made these ground turkey tacos and they were wonderful. I have always used packaged taco seasoning and the flavor of these far surpassed any brand I have yet to use. They were not that much harder to do either for the great taste! Lots of compliments from my friend who was over for dinner that night.

    My only question is:
    4 oz can tomato sauce I have never seen a 4 oz can of tomato sauce I used an 8 ox which is the smallest I had/could find this made the consistency very soupy but after the 20 minutes of cooking I took the lid off and let the mixture cook down to taco filling consistency. My favorite part of your web site is your use of spices etc for flavor my go to for recipes!! Thank you so much!

  2. I made it ahead so I wouldn’t have to cook after work. It came out great and since I live alone I have left overs in the freezer!

  3. My whole family loves this taco meat! It’s the only recipe we make anymore. I don’t think this should be 5 points on the purple plan though, I show it is zero points when I put it in the recipe builder.

  4. FYI – the points are wrong that are listed here. Not complaining because Gina is a Saint for doing this, but these are 5 points on Blue.

    1. Hi Evelyn. Did you use the recipe builder? The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

  5. The flavor was great but we could not get these to wrap.  Ended up cutting up the lettuce and eating it as a taco salad.

  6. This was pretty yummy although it seemed a little more like a lunch portion than a dinner.  We just had leftovers for lunch today.  It was easier to eat and more of a meal just tossed over a salad rather than trying to wrap it.  Mind you, I might feel different about that in the summer.  It is bitter cold as I write this and a lettuce wrap just made me feel cold.  Salad was same temp of course but felt more substantial. 

    1. OH my I figured out why it seemed like a skimpy serving!  Recipe called for 1 1/3 lbs turkey.  I could only buy it by the 1 pound package.  Of course it was a little skimpy!

      1. This IS super yummy. Beans are zero points for me so when something calls for 1.3 pounds of ground turkey (one pound packages of ground turkey are also what is available at my store) I add a can of drained black beans to it to bulk it out, and if beans won’t work in a recipe, sauteed chopped mushrooms or other veggies usually will!

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    Dianne B. Manns

    How much ground turkey goes on each lettuce leaf? I’m making this recipe tonight but with white corn tortillas. Also can I omit the paprika? I don’t have that in my spice cabinet :\

  8. I was wondering how I could even lessen the sodium in this recipe which still seems to have a lot!  What would be the impact of taking out the tsp if salt in the seasoning. And also is it the canned tomato sauce that causes the sodium increase??

    1. I would say yes to the canned sauce, and it would be fine to remove the salt from the seasonings.  It would be fine especially if you are used to less salt in your foods.

  9. The crispness of the lettuce is a perfect pairing for the warmth and spice of the taco meat. I added a chopped jalapeno for some extra spice.

  10. Made this today. Delicious! Will definitely be a repeat to-go lunch dish. Opted for butter lettuce, minced garlic, and shredded Parmesan since I had it on hand. 4 servings was accurate.

  11. The points on this recipe are incorrect.  If it is zero points on blue (which it is) then it would also be zero points on purple as purple has more zero point foods then blue.  (I am a WW guide)

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    Lyndsay Mikolsky

    This is definitely one of my weekly go to recipes! My husband and I absolutely love it!! I do have a question for Gina though about the WW points! I am on the purple plan and when I put all the ingredients into my WW app, it appears this should be a zero point recipe?! Can you assist me with this? Thanks so much!! 

    1. It is zero points on purple (without the cheese).  If a recipe is zero points on blue then it will also be on purple.  It is incorrect on the recipe.

  13. This has to be the best taco recipe so far. Very flavourful and easy. Will definitely make it again an again.
    Thank you.

    1. Was wondering the same. When I put the recipe in without toppings into the recipe builder it comes out as 0 points per serving. 

  14. Another slam dunk! It’s hit or miss with 99% fat free turkey meat but this dish makes it 100% delicious. The turkey meat itself, perfectly seasoned with extra veggies inside – WINNER! Needed a quick meal to whip up last night and this one delivered. Taco Tuesday! I used Romaine lettuce as my wrap and made little boats filled with turkey meat, tomatoes, lite shredded Mexican cheese, tomatoes, light sour cream and a little bit of guacamole. For skinny husband, I lightly sprayed olive oil on corn tortilla and warmed up. Also added fat free refried beans which he puts inside. Great for kids. ZERO points as prepared but mine came to about 5 but that was mostly from the avocado which is okay by me!

  15. Very flavorful for ground turkey! Delicious with some cheese and a small dollop of sour cream. Served with Mexican rice on the side. Yum!

  16. Wow – these were amazing! My entire family loved them! The meat was tender and so flavorful. I followed the recipe (normally I saute my onions first – but added them when suggested) – the only change I made was to add 1 chipotle pepper in adobo. That gave it a little extra kick but it wasn’t too spicy. I used 2lbs of 93% lean turkey and just doubled everything else. These are definitely in our dinner rotation!

  17. I made a batch of the taco meat tonight for lunches this week. I like it but find it salty but I don’t eat a lot of salt. I will make it again, cut back on the salt and add a bit of cayenne or chili flakes for a bit of kick.