For a quick and easy low carb/keto appetizer, try our Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps. These Tex Mex wraps are topped with homemade guacamole, salsa and cotija cheese. The perfect party food!
We are all about LETTUCE WRAPS! They are light, refreshing and so easy to make. Some of our favorites are our Thai Shrimp Mango Salad, Parsley Lemon Pesto Shrimp Wraps and Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps are deliciously crisp when you bite into them and then cheesy, zesty, creamy and crunchy- all wrapped up into one. It has all the flavors of the perfect taco without all the CARBS (carbohydrates). If you are looking for a keto friendly starter for our Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle or our Creamy Chipotle Chicken Skillet, our lettuce wraps are just the thing.
How many of you out there are watching their carbs, on keto diet or diabetic diet or just trying not to eat anything white? With the holidays fast approaching it can be difficult to stay on course but we are here to help you out with a few quick and easy low carb appetizers. One lettuce wrap has ONLY 1 CARB. You got to love that!
Easy Game Day Snacks
Hosting Made Easy
Whether you are hosting a gathering or need to bring a starter to pass you are going to be ready to go. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps takes less than 30 minutes to throw together. You could even brown the ground turkey and prepare all the topping in advance for a quick throw together just before your guests arrive.
Taco Mix without Sugar
Are you aware that usually the first ingredient on a taco seasoning mix is DEXTROSE? Yep, you heard me right DEXTROSE= SUGAR is the very first ingredient. If you are diabetic or on a keto diet those pre-mixed taco seasoning mixes are off limits to you. However, it is super simple to make your own taco seasoning mix with a few spices from your pantry. Check out our recipe below for details.
How to Serve
Taco Lettuce Wraps are perfect for pre-game or tailgating for your next sporting function. Fun to eat and full of flavor and you can make them with any toppings your little heart desires.
We made ours with ground turkey just for a leaner protein and topped with a little guacamole, cotija cheese, jalapeno and red bell peppers, tomatoes and cilantro. We used red leaf lettuce fresh from the last of the Farmer’s markets but also delicious with romaine or iceberg lettuce too.
Tex Mex Cuisine is always fun party food. You just put out the fresh lettuce leaves and all the toppings and let everyone make their own just they want they want it. Perfect for the picky eaters in the group.
We made a quick guacamole from scratch which consisted of mashing 2 ripe avocados, lime, tomato, salt and mixing well. If you are feeling lazy just slice some avocado on top. Avocados are low carb and a nutritive super food full of minerals and vitamins and fiber.
Did you know that avocados are a fruit? Super creamy and delicious and make you feel fuller longer and more satisfied due their healthy fats. If you have extra avocadoes left over, you are going to love our recipe for low carb Salmon with Avocado Sauce.
We made enough for a hungry tailgating crew but you can just cut the recipe in half if just a couple of you.
If you like a sturdy lettuce wrap, choose iceberg or romaine lettuce. On the other hand, if you want to wrap up your taco wrap so that the filling does not fall out, choose a leaf lettuce or Bibb lettuce.
It is best to store all of the lettuce wrap ingredients separately, in a covered container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. This ensures that the lettuce leaves stay crisp. The turkey taco meat can be stored in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Fresh lettuce and other vegetables cannot be frozen or they turn mushy.
Low Carb Snacks
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How To Make The BEST Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup water
- 18 leaves Lettuce leaves
(we used red leaf lettuce but can use romaine or iceberg, etc) washed cleaned and dry.
Optional Toppings as Desired
- 1 cup Guacamole (avocado, lime juice, tomato, salt and pepper to taste) - optional
- 1 Tomato
chopped - optional
- ¼ cup Cotija cheese
crumbled as desired - optional
- ⅓ cup Red bell pepper
chopped finely - optional
- 2 Jalapeno
chopped finely - optional
- ½ cup Coriander (cilantro)
chopped - optional
- And anything else your little heart desires (onion, fresh salsa, etc)
- Add oil in skillet and brown your ground turkey. Add the Taco seasonings (chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper) Add water and mix well. Set aside and keep warm.
- Lay out your clean and dry lettuce leaves and top with warm ground taco turkey and any topping you desire. We topped with freshly made guacamole, tomato, cheese, red bell pepper, jalapeno and coriander.