Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps
Make these delicious Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps with ground turkey or ground beef when you want an easy low-carb dinner.
These Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps are easy and delicious! I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many recipes for lettuce wraps, and they’re something I always enjoy when I’m focused on really low-carb eating. Through the years I’ve made so many Low-Carb Lettuce Wraps that I’d have a hard time choosing a favorite, but these Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps were definitely amazing.
Ground turkey (or ground beef) is simmered with onion, green pepper, tomatoes, chicken stock, and spices, with some chopped green olives and a generous amount of Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) giving it just enough zip to make it interesting. If you’re eating Keto, you may wish to use higher-fat ground beef in place of the ground turkey; that will be equally delicious. And this will be a hit with everyone who enjoys the sour flavor of green olives!
What is Picadillo?
The word Picadillo comes from a Spanish word that means “to mince” and many countries have their own version of this ground meat dish, but the use of olives makes this recipe lean towards Cuban Picadillo.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- olive oil
- lean ground turkey (or use ground beef if you prefer)
- green bell pepper
- canned chicken broth (affiliate link) (or chicken stock)
- canned crushed tomatoes
- ground cumin (affiliate link)
- ground coriander (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link)
- green olives
- green olive brine (from the jar of olives)
- iceberg lettuce
How to make this recipe:
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- Heat a little olive oil and saute the ground turkey (or ground beef) until it’s starting to brown.
- Then push the meat over, add a tiny bit more oil, and add the chopped onion and green bell pepper. Keep cooking until the onions and peppers are soft and starting to brown.
- While the veggies cook, chop up 1/2 cup Spanish green olives, plus some slices to garnish the lettuce wraps if desired.
- Add the canned chicken broth (affiliate link) or stock, crushed tomatoes, ground cumin (affiliate link), ground coriander (affiliate link) salt and pepper, and let the mixture simmer on low heat about 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated
- When there is only a small amount of liquid left in the pan, stir in the chopped green olives, green olive brine, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and cook about 10 minutes more. The pan should be nearly dry if you push the meat aside, otherwise the lettuce wraps will be too messy.
- While the meat cooks, prepare the lettuce by removing damaged outer leaves and cutting away the core. I like to cut the lettuce in half and then pull away several pieces at once to make a double thickness of lettuce to hold the juicy filling.
- Fill lettuce cups with the spicy meat mixture and serve hot, with sliced green olives to garnish if desired.
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Weekend Food Prep:
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Broth from a can is always fine, but I'd use 1 2/3 cups homemade chicken stock if you have some. I love Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) and that's what I'd definitely use here, but you can probably use another hot sauce with good results. Start with just a few teaspoons and taste to see if you want more! Recipe inspired by a recipe in Food and Wine’s Quick from Scratch One-Dish Meals Cookbook. 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.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1023mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 24g
Broth from a can is always fine, but I'd use 1 2/3 cups homemade chicken stock if you have some. I love Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) and that's what I'd definitely use here, but you can probably use another hot sauce with good results. Start with just a few teaspoons and taste to see if you want more!
Recipe inspired by a recipe in Food and Wine’s Quick from Scratch One-Dish Meals Cookbook.
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.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in these Low-Carb Turkey Picadillo Lettuce Wraps is great for low-carb or Keto diet plans, although you may wish to use higher-fat ground beef instead of turkey for Keto. With the right ingredient choices this can easily be Paleo or Whole 30. And as long as you use lean ground turkey, this would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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