Taco lettuce wraps


Taco lettuce wraps -a healthy and delicious alternative to hardshell tacos!

One of my new favorite dinner recipes is these taco lettuce wraps. If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw I am doing the whole 30 (only 2 days left)! You can’t have gluten, so I decided to try a lettuce “shell” instead. To my surprise, I didn’t even miss the taco shell. These were so good! The lettuce wraps are perfect for summer, easy to make and great for busy nights on the go. I usually double my taco meat and freeze half of it, so I can pull it out of the freezer for a quick meal.

Taco lettuce wraps on iheartnaptime.com - a healthy and delicious alternative to hardshell tacos!

My whole family loved these (even my picky eaters)! For my kids, I took out some of the meat before adding the seasonings and then served some tomatoes on the side. My kids are weird about mixing too many foods.


Taco lettuce wraps on iheartnaptime.com - a healthy and delicious alternative to hardshell tacos!



Taco lettuce wraps


  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup onion
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (omit if you don't like too spicy)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • romain lettuce head

*Optional toppings:*

  • Pico de gallo
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese


In a large frying brown, saute the onion and bell peppers in the oil over medium heat. Once onions are translucent, add hamburger and brown. Remove any grease and then mix in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and salsa. Let simmer for a couple minutes and then serve the taco meat inside the lettuce.
Top with your favorite toppings!

Taco lettuce wraps on iheartnaptime.com - a healthy and delicious alternative to hardshell tacos!

I love topping mine with avocado! :)

Taco lettuce wraps on iheartnaptime.com - a healthy and delicious alternative to hardshell tacos!


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Matt+Robinson posted on May 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm (#

    Such a fun, tasty and healthy idea. Love these!

  2. Amalia posted on May 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm (#

    I always find it so difficult to get the lettuce to do what I want it to do – I feel like its cause I’m using the wrong lettuce! Here’s to romaine! Yay!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm (#

      I agree, romaine definitely is the easiest to work with for wraps! :)

  3. Auntiepatch posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm (#

    Genius! It’s too hot to fry tacos right now but I could do these! Thanks!

  4. Paula posted on January 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm (#

    These are great alternatives to bread…The gluten free diet is life changing!

  5. Johnna Lopez posted on March 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm (#

    awesome ideas

  6. Anita posted on April 7, 2015 at 5:09 pm (#

    Taco lettuce wraps are awesome!  They are one of my new favorites!  I included them on my blog, Be Very Well Fed.  Hop on over…

    • Jamielyn posted on April 19, 2015 at 12:36 am (#

      Thanks for the feature! :)

  7. Karyl Henry posted on February 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm (#

    What a healthy way to eat tacos! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Also, I’ve shared this on my Super Bowl Recipe Roundup: http://karylskulinarykrusade.com/recipe-roundup-super-bowl/

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 13, 2016 at 9:05 am (#

      Thanks Karyl!

  8. Laura Adams posted on July 27, 2016 at 7:23 pm (#

    These look yummy. I am making your Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps for the first time tonight, and can’t wait to try them. Just one thing about something you mentioned in this Taco Recipe – if you use 100% corn taco shells, they don’t contain gluten.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:47 am (#

      Correct! :)