Recipe by asliceofpi
"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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green bell pepper, chopped
yellow onion, chopped
roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 (8 ounce) package
shredded Cheddar cheese
large romaine lettuce leaves
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.
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.
I tried it tonight with ground turkey it was the bomb!!!!
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.
Cut lettuce up and made mine a taco salad.
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?)
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.
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. :)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Lettuce Leaf Tacos
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 350
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