Let’s face it—no one wants to turn down a taco. But how do you take your favorite taco recipe and make it keto friendly? Look no further than our favorite Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps! They’re easy to whip up and they’re the perfect keto tacos you’ve been searching for.
How Do You Prepare Lettuce For Wraps?
We prefer iceberg lettuce for these keto taco shells, so we’ll start there. First, you’ll want to remove the core of the head of lettuce and then run the entire head under cool water. Gently use your fingers to spread the lettuce leaves apart without tearing them so they each get clean. Then, if you have a salad spinner, you can then put the whole head of iceberg lettuce into it and give it a good spin. Once you’ve removed it, you can begin peeling each leaf of lettuce back, careful not to rip it, until you’ve removed enough for the number of keto taco lettuce wraps you’ll be making.
If you’re using another lettuce for your wraps, such as romaine or butter lettuce, you can wash under cool water and then shake to partly dry it. Then peel back each leaf and lay on a paper towel to soak up any remaining water until ready to use.
You can even prep the lettuce shells for these keto turkey tacos in advance by storing them in a paper towel-lined plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week, making this meal—and life!—that much easier.
How do You Cut Lettuce For Wraps?
The key to cutting lettuce for these easy keto tacos is keeping each leaf in as much of a shell or bowl shape as possible. Again, this is easily done with iceberg lettuce, but can also be achieved with your preferred leafy green. Just make sure that you remove the leaves from the head or bunch one by one so as not to shred them out of shell shape.
Is Sour Cream Keto?
Don’t be afraid to load up your turkey taco lettuce wraps with extra goodies that still comply with your keto diet and meal plan. Shredded cheese, avocado, and sour cream are all great options that will pair well with these delicious keto turkey tacos.
Sour cream is a common taco topping that goes perfectly with these low carb keto tacos. Most sour creams are high in fat and low in carbs, making them keto-friendly and an absolutely welcome addition to this recipe.
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps Recipe
These turkey taco lettuce wraps are delicious, light, and low in carbs. They can also pack a protein and healthy fat punch, making them a great way to stave off hunger on a keto diet!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories: 222 / Fat: 6g / Protein: 34g / Carbs: 5g
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps INGREDIENTS:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Romaine lettuce leaves
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps INSTRUCTIONS:
- Heat your skillet or pan over medium heat and add the olive oil.
- Add the turkey, cooking until the meat starts to brown—about 10-15 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
- Add this seasoning and the chopped onion to the turkey, and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Let the turkey mixture cool a bit before wrapping in lettuce leaves and serve with extra toppings.
Voila! Enjoy your yummy, keto-friendly turkey taco lettuce wraps!
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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