Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

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What classics can you refresh with a little planning and creativity? Take tacos, for example, a tried-and-true favorite! It’s time for a turkey taco takeover! Start by switching the ground beef for 99% lean turkey, be sure to find the highest quality meat available. Substitute the taco shell for a lettuce wrap. These Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps are so easy and come together in under thirty minutes for those nights where you need a quick meal that will leave you as full as your schedule.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap Ingredients

● 1 Tablespoon olive oil

● 3/4 chopped yellow onion

● 1 ⅓ lb. 99% lean ground turkey

● 2 cloves garlic, minced

● Salt and freshly ground black pepper

● 1 Tablespoon chili powder

● 1 teaspoon ground cumin

● ½ teaspoon paprika

● Romaine lettuce leaves

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap Directions

  1. Heat skillet or pan over medium heat and add olive oil.
  2. Add the turkey and onion and cook until the turkey starts to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, paprika, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Add the seasoning and chopped onion to the turkey, cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Let the turkey cool.
  6. Wrap in Romaine lettuce leaves and serve.

What is the best kind of lettuce to use for wraps?

Lettuce is the perfect low carb and low-calorie alternative to tacos and tortillas. With so many different types of lettuce out there, which lettuce is the right choice for a wrap? Butter lettuce is a popular type to use when preparing a turkey taco lettuce wrap. The texture and shape of the leaves are perfect for holding the filling, and the taste is mild. Whatever type of lettuce you use for your wrap, the most important features to keep in mind are texture, taste, and the shape and size of the leaves. If Butter lettuce isn’t for you, some popular alternatives are Romaine, Iceberg, and Baby Gem.

How do you prepare lettuce for wraps?

When preparing lettuce for a wrap, start by taking an entire head of lettuce and snapping it off at the core. Using a knife, make a cut around the core to remove it entirely. After the core has been removed, gently separate leaves that are stuck together and place them in a bowl of water. Rinse the leaves until the water runs clear. The leaves can then be placed in a salad spinner to get the leaves dry. If the leaves are not entirely dry, pat them gently with a paper towel. If you are not planning on using the leaves right away, wrap them in a paper towel and place them in a sealable plastic bag. Plan on using the leaves within three to four days.

Is a lettuce wrap a sandwich or a taco?

A lettuce wrap is a unique substitute to either bread or a taco shell, making it neither a sandwich or a taco, but it’s own delicious low-carb vessel. Either way, the lettuce wrap is a staple of both keto and low-carb diets—want more details on the differences? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Keto versus Low Carb Diets for more advice and info.

What keto and low carb toppings can you put on a taco?

The fantastic news about tacos is that many of the traditional taco fillings are already considered to be keto and low-carb friendly. Add to your turkey taco lettuce wrap with sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, diced onions, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, guacamole, and avocado for a guilt-free and delicious meal. Want to consider more topping ideas? We’ve put together a Keto Grocery List and a Low Carb Grocery List for you to download and keep handy!

How do you make ground turkey juicy?

When preparing the turkey, it’s very important to not overcook the meat. Ground turkey has a low-fat content which can cause it to quickly dry out and become tough. One way to avoid this is to use an instant-read thermometer. Turkey should reach 165 degrees when fully cooked.

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