Summer Time #17 – Taco (without a taco)

summertime2 Lettuce Leaf Tacos

Makes 4 servings

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!

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons chicken stock (optional)
  • 455 gr or 1 pound ground beef
  • 25 gr or 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 large Roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 gr or ½ teaspoon salt
  • 225 gr or 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 12 large romaine lettuce leaves

RomaineLettuceTO MAKE:

  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.
  3. Place into a separate skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook and stir ground beef with taco seasoning until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Drain excess grease.
  6. Sprinkle Roma tomatoes with salt in a bowl.
  7. Place Cheddar cheese into a separate bowl.
  8. Fill each lettuce leaf with about 2 tablespoons beef filling.
  9. Top with 1 to 2 teaspoons green pepper mixture, Roma tomato, about 1½ tablespoons of Cheddar cheese.

Note 1: Use ground chicken or turkey instead of ground beef. This could also work especially well with iceberg lettuce.

Note 2: Measurements are approximate and can be adjusted to your tastes. All ingredients can be customized to your preferred taco toppings.

Note 3: Any leftovers… cut the lettuce up and make it into a taco salad.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 550
Total Fat: 38.9g
Cholesterol: 128mg
Sodium: 1223mg
Total Carbohydrates: 14.4g
Dietary Fiber: 2.5g
Protein: 34.5g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only half a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20150820-ST17-Lettuce-Leaf-Tacos