Lettuce Leaf Tacos Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Lettuce Leaf Tacos Recipe
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Lettuce Leaf Tacos
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  • READY IN 40 mins

Lettuce Leaf Tacos

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"For those on a low-carb kick that love Mexican but dread all the beans and bread, try this alternative for taco night. It uses lettuce leaves instead of taco shells to make a dish that's halfway between a lettuce wrap and a taco. Low on carbs and still delicious!"

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Original recipe makes 12 lettuce-wrapped tacos Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Cook and stir green bell pepper and yellow onion in a skillet over medium heat with olive oil and chicken broth until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cut up ground beef into small pieces; place into a separate skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ground beef with taco seasoning until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  3. Sprinkle roma tomatoes with salt in a bowl. Place Cheddar cheese into a separate bowl.
  4. Fill each lettuce leaf with about 2 tablespoons beef filling; top with 1 to 2 teaspoons green pepper mixture, roma tomato, about about 1 1/2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Measurements are approximate and can be adjusted to your tastes. All ingredients can be customized to your preferred taco toppings. This could also work especially well with iceberg lettuce.

Reviews More Reviews

Apr 27, 2013

I used ground chicken instead of ground beef, red pepper instead of green pepper and homemade taco seasoning. To fill the meal out a bit, I served it with my Take-Out Fake-Out Mexican Rice and homemade refried beans. NO leftovers. We ate every bit of this until it was gone. Very economical meal to make.

May 12, 2015

It's really hard to rate a taco that uses a basic taco filling. I mean a taco is a taco. For creativity, I give it 5 stars. The shape of the romaine leaf, along with its sturdiness makes a perfect substitute for the carb watchers that don't want a tortilla shell. I'm not sure why the peppers and onions are sauteed and served as a topping other than to please a picky eater. I'd much rather save a step and cook them in with the meat.

Feb 16, 2014

I tried it tonight with ground turkey it was the bomb!!!!

Apr 23, 2015

Recipe Group Selection: 18, April 2015 ~ Great recipe - I loved it. Hubs asked "Where in the heck is the taco shell?" He ate four on the lettuce shell, so I don't think he really missed the flour tortilla! This came together quickly and was super easy to make. I liked the less calories without the shell, but added them to the meal with the side dishes! It was served with 'Quick and Easy Guacamole', 'Refried Beans Without the Refry' from AR and fresh fruit.

May 28, 2015

Cut lettuce up and made mine a taco salad.

Apr 30, 2015

Lettuce Leaf Taco Haiku: "No surprise, they're great! 5-star reviews in order. Fun and colorful!" Only very minor changes that I made were using 4 TB of AR's "Taco Seasoning I" instead of 3, and not adding the optional chicken broth to the veggie saute. (Alot of the reviews mention this being an "April 2015 Recipe Group Selection" - what does that mean?)

Apr 24, 2015

I made these for recipe group this week. We liked the idea and I would consider it a good replacement on the day I feel the need to cut carbs or just find myself without shells unexpectedly. I used homemade taco seasoning and added toppings of guacamole and FF Greek yogurt.

Apr 20, 2015

Made this for Recipe Group...These were a HIT (and healthy too)! I did mess up and cooked the meat w/ the peppers and onions, so I just added the taco seasoning to that mixture. It didn't specify if you should add the water that you usually add w/ the taco seasoning, but I did add a bit just to loosen everything up and get it combined well. The romaine lettuce at the store didn't look too good, so I subbed some beautiful butter lettuce instead, which worked out great! Served with 'Easy Refried Black Beans' and Copycat Chipotle(R) Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice', both from this site. I will def be making tacos like this again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)


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  • Calories
  • 550 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 128 mg
  • 43%
  • Fat
  • 38.9 g
  • 60%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 34.5 g
  • 69%
  • Sodium
  • 1223 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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