May 19, 2016
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Have dinner ready in 15 minutes with these Taco Lettuce Wraps! Full of classic taco flavor, this is a grain-free, low carb meal everyone will love.
If you can’t tell already, my family loves tacos. What’s not to love? All sorts of delicious ingredients stuffed inside a tortilla and seasoned with my homemade taco seasoning which makes anything delicious. We also love these easy crockpot chicken tacos and these meatless chickpea tacos when we want something different. No matter what the filling might be, tacos are always a fun family meal.
Many of you know that I’m a recovering short-order cook. That means, that I used to make multiple meals for my family because our kids didn’t want to eat the same things. But, a few years ago, I decided to stop that and made the decision to only make one recipe for the entire family instead. To do this, I learned to make healthier versions of meals I knew my kids loved (like tacos) and from there the Family KickStart Program was born.
It’s 30 days of family-approved clean eating with recipes even picky eaters can enjoy. Click here to learn more.
Since I know my kids will eat tacos, it’s a dinner I cook often. Two out of my three don’t eat these in a lettuce wrap and you know what? It’s ok. Essentially we are eating the same meal and all I’m doing is changing out the serving vessel. I’m able to slowly introduce them to new foods, like chickpeas, pork, because they think everything is chicken, and even squash.
What I like about tacos is that I’m able to slowly introduce them to new foods, while still giving them a meal they will eat. It’s a win for everyone.
I bet you already have most of the ingredients for these tacos. Dinner tonight, anyone? All you need is some meat, veggies, and toppings. It’s the recipe I automatically think of when we get home at 6:30 with nothing ready for dinner. In 15 minutes, a fresh and healthy dinner will be served and everyone will be happy.
How to Make Taco Lettuce Wraps
Another great thing about taco night is that everyone can build their own tacos. Put out all your family’s favorite toppings in bowls on the counter and let your kids pile on anything they want. My family especially loves avocado, salsa, and cheese. Watch how easy these are to make.
Plus, they’re also great for entertaining! Simply double or even triple the recipe to please the whole crowd for taco night. This meal also packs perfectly inside of a lunchbox. Either store the built taco at room temperature or keep the toppings in a separate container and build your own tacos when you’re ready to dig in.
In those “OMG what am I going to make for dinner” moments, I hope you think of this recipe and whip it up for your family. I know everyone will love it!
What is your go-to dinner recipe when you’re crunched for time?
Taco Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- ½ cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
- 1-2 Boston Bibb lettuce heads leaves removed
- Shredded Mexican cheese
- Fresh salsa
- Diced avocado
- Chopped cilantro
- Lime wedges
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes until it begins to soften. Add meat and garlic; season with salt and taco seasoning.
- Continue to cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, for about 5-7 minutes until it’s cooked through. Add the broth and stir it into the meat to help deglaze the skillet. Turn off the heat, cover, and gather the remaining ingredients.
- Plate 1-2 lettuce cups on a plate, fill with beef mixture, and top with favorite toppings and garnishes.
Why is there chicken broth in the ingredients?
Hey Kristy, the broth helps to deglaze the skillet. I revised the recipe to include it as well as nutrition facts.
Tacos for days! Love making them for my family. This variation will make taco night a little healthier!
I love this taco variation!
My family loves tacos! It is so convenient for everybody to put different thing on it.
What a healthy option!
I need to try these!!
These look delicious!
Tacos are always a hit with my family. I will for sure try these soon.
What a great way to substitute the tortillas! Thanks.
I just made these yesterday! Thank you so much for this recipe, my family loved them and it was so convenient to make.
Wow, it looks great and super easy to make! Next time when I don’t have a lot of time I know what to make.
this recipe arrived in my inbox just in time! Taco night tonight will be a lighter fare and healthier. Thanks Laura!