Tacos With Lettuce Shells

Jun 29, 2018

Tacos With Lettuce Shells

Did you know that a rough translation of the word “taco” is “light lunch”? Well, it doesn’t get any lighter than this recipe for tacos with lettuce shells!

A simple lettuce shell can be a crisp, delicious vessel for all your favorite taco fillings. Make any Taco Tuesday bariatric-friendly with this tasty take on a Tex-Mex classic!


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ¼ lbs. ground turkey breast
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup green salsa
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1-2 heads of iceberg lettuce
  • Diced avocadoes and tomatoes for garnish


  1. In a food processor, add onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and green salsa. Pulse until a smooth salsa consistency is reached; set aside.
  2. In a medium non-stick sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking up any large pieces, for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; stir.
  3. Add salsa to turkey and stir to combine and cook until turkey is cooked through about 5 minutes more. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Turn heat off and let turkey mixture sit while you prepare the lettuce cups. Tear off large pieces of lettuce that are big enough to hold about 1/3 cup of ground turkey. Top each lettuce cup with diced tomato, avocado and extra cilantro if desired.


Serves 4 (2 tacos per serving; 8 total tacos)

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 170
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 300 mg
Carbohydrates 10 g
Sugars 3 g
Fiber 3 g
Protein 17 g


This recipe comes from Mountain Momma Cooks—courtesy of Kelly Smith.