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Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos

These Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos are a perfect Low-Carb dinner; use a purchased salsa to make it easier if you prefer! Use Lettuce Wraps to find more recipes like this one.

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Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa found on KalynsKitchen.com

The story about these Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos started on Twitter when Marisa from Food in Jars was talking about this turkey taco recipe years ago, and when I checked the recipe, I just couldn’t wait to try it right away. I first used romaine lettuce, and of course I never manage to make a recipe just like it’s written, so I added some green onions (and a lot more cilantro) to the turkey mixture, and I used a very generous amount of tomato-avocado salsa. What makes this turkey tacos recipe so good is the chiles, cumin, and chopped cilantro that seasons the turkey, and believe me, these turkey tacos are a complete keeper, something you’ll make over and over.

Then what made this turkey tacos story especially fun is that later I met Marisa at SXSW, and had a great time chatting with her in person. We’re still friends on Twitter, and fast forward a few years later and I’ve made these turkey tacos over and over. Through the years I’ve switched to eating the turkey mixture with iceberg lettuce, although you can certainly use any type of lettuce you prefer.

The other thing that’s changed about this recipe is that my Costco used to have ground turkey in 1 1/2 pound packages, but now Costco has packages that are nearly two pounds (and my grocery store sells packages of ground turkey that are one pound.) So I’ve changed the recipe slightly to use two pounds of ground turkey, and if you want to switch out the ground turkey for higher-fat ground beef, that will also be delicious.

Believe me when I say you won’t mind having a bit of this taco meat mixture left over to eat the next day. It will keep a day or two days pretty well in the fridge, or cut the recipe in half if you want a smaller amount. I love the tomato-avocado salsa used here, but when I had leftover turkey and the salsa mixture was gone I still enjoyed this a lot served with regular tomato salsa, so that’s definitely an option if you want a version that’s a bit easier!

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa were first posted in April 2009; updated with better instructions and new photos in September 2016. This recipe was featured in Ten Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites You’ll Make Over and Over. If you’re a big fan of lettuce wraps like I am, you might want to also check out Delicious Low-Carb and Keto Wraps with Lettuce, Collards, and Cabbage.

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How to Make Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Cook the chiles and spices for a few minutes, then add the ground turkey and cook over medium-high heat, until all the liquid evaporates and the turkey is nicely browned. (Most turkey has quite a bit of water, so be patient; this may take a few minutes.)
  2. While the turkey cooks, chop up the cilantro and slice green onions.
  3. Peel and dice the avocado and mix with lime juice. Chop tomatoes, and then mix avocado, tomatoes, 1/4 cup of the chopped cilantro, and olive oil to make the salsa. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Cut the lettuce in half and cut out the core, then cut into quarters to make cups to fill with taco meat. (Oops, no photos of that!)
  5. When the turkey is browned to your liking, stir in the chopped green onions and cook for a minute or so. Then turn off the heat and stir in the rest of the chopped cilantro and 2 T lime juice.
  6. Fill the lettuce cups with the turkey mixture and top with a generous amount of tomato-avocado salsa. 

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

These tacos would be delicious with Marisa’s Cumin Cabbage Slaw or Spicy Mexican Slaw for a low-carb meal.

More Tasty Ideas with Lettuce Wraps:

The BEST Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Lettuce Wraps ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
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Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Yield 10 tacos
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

These Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos are a perfect Low-Carb dinner; serve with tomato-avocado salsa or toppings of your choice.


For Tacos:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (see notes)
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chiles (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground Chipotle or Cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (see notes)
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 2 heads iceberg (see notes)

For Salsa:

  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 2 T olive oil (optional)
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan over medium-high heat and then add minced garlic and diced green chiles and cook about 1 minute.
  2. Add cumin and ground chipotle or cayenne and cook about 1 minute more.
  3. Then add turkey and salt and cook until all the water has evaporated and the turkey is starting to lightly brown, breaking apart with the back of the turner as it cooks. This can take a few minutes, but don’t rush the browning step.
  4. While turkey cooks, thinly slice green onions and set aside, then wash cilantro, spin dry or dry with paper towels, and finely chop cilantro.
  5. Peel and dice avocado, place in glass or plastic bowl and toss with lime juice.
  6. Stir in chopped tomato, chopped cilantro, and olive oil, season to taste with salt.
  7. Cut off root end of lettuce and cut away the core. Discard tough outer leaves, then cut the lettuce into quarters to create “cups” to fill with taco meat. (Save the small inner pieces for another use.)
  8. When turkey is lightly browned, add sliced green onions and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  9. Turn off heat, then stir in 1 cup chopped cilantro and 2 T lime juice.

To assemble tacos:

  1. Spoon 2-3 large spoonfuls of turkey mixture into each piece of lettuce.
  2. Top meat mixture with salsa. (You can also serve the tacos with chunky salsa and/or guacamole from the store if you want an easier version.)
  3. You could also eat this mixture inside whole wheat tortillas or pitas, or even corn tortillas if you’re not watching carbs. If you’re not eating all of this at once I would refrigerate the turkey, lettuce, and salsa mixture separately; then reheat the turkey in a frying pan when you’re ready to eat the leftovers.


I used minced garlic from a jar, but fresh garlic would be even better. Use diced green chiles, not Jalapenos unless you want it really spicy. I used about 1 1/4 cups chopped cilantro, 1 cup in tacos and 1/4 cup in salsa. Use more or less cilantro to taste. Use any lettuce you prefer like romaine, Boston lettuce, or butter lettuce

Recipe adapted from Molly Watson’s Turkey Tacos, discovered via Twitter from Marisa.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 385mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 25g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These tacos made with lean ground turkey and served inside lettuce are a perfect dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan.

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  4. Um, totally in love with these. That avocado salsa is calling my name, and those chiles!? Perfection. Pure perfection.

  5. One of my very favorite recipes to make ever!!!! Easy and delicious = A++++++

  6. So glad to hear your family enjoyed it. And do I ever know how stress can make you fall off the wagon, good job getting back on track!

  7. Kalyn…I made this for dinner this evening and OMG my children LOVED it. My 6 yo had 4!!! We eat rather "clean" and I fell off the bandwagon late summer when my Dad passed away and now I'm getting back on track and thank you thank you for posting this. This reminded me just how delicious and yummy "clean" food can be. Your blog has been part of the "jump start" process to kinda shock me back into reality and cleaning up my menu planner and fridge. Thank you thank you.

  8. These look amazing. I can't wait to try them. I posted a link to your recipe on my blog. You can check it out here. http://www.samanthaandersenphotography.com/2012/04/menu-plan-mondayweek-1-hl8wc.html
    Thank you!

  9. I have just finished making these tacos and I lovvvveee them! Excellent!

  10. Delicious!!! So fresh and healthy. I hope you don't mind but I shared them on my blog and made sure to give you credit. http://www.hurricanhaylie.blogspot.com Thank you for sharing.