Friday, April 26, 2013

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is derived from my former tried-and-true recipe for tacos.  The difference is, my old recipe called for higher fat ground beef, copious amounts of cheese, and absurd amounts of guacamole and sour cream.  And of course I served it all on overly-processed flour tortillas.  Man, were they good.  I'm not going to promise that this healthier version tastes better than the original, but I can promise that it's pretty darn close.  Plus, it's nice to not feel uncomfortably full after a hearty Mexican dinner.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
With Avocado & Sour Cream

16 oz 93% Lean Ground Turkey
1/2 Onion, sliced (or 1 tsp of Onion Powder)
3 Garlic Cloves, minced (or 1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder)
10 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles, undrained (I like Rotel)
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Oregano (Mexican Oregano if you have it)
1 tsp Paprika
8 Outer Lettuce Leaves
1/2 Cup Light Sour Cream
Optional: Hot Sauce (I like Valentina), Chopped Cilantro, Shredded Cheese


1. In a large pan, over medium-high heat, cook the ground turkey and onions, until the turkey is no longer pink.  Drain any grease.

2. Toss in the garlic, and saute for a minute.  Add in the can of diced tomatoes, the half cup of water, and all the seasonings.  Stir, and bring to a simmer.  Cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until almost all of the excess liquid has cooked off.

3.  Serve the turkey mixture on 8 lettuce leaves, topping each with the 1/4 of an avocado, 1 tbsp of sour cream, and any optional garnishes you desire. I really recommend some Valentina hot sauce and some chopped cilantro.  Wrap and eat.

Serving Size: 2 Lettuce Leaves with 1/4th of the Turkey, 1/2 an Avocado, & 2 tbsp of Sour Cream
Calories:  399
Fat: 27
Carbs: 17
Protein: 27

* You can substitute ground beef for the ground turkey if you like.
* Watching your fat intake? Use 99% lean ground turkey.
* Not watching your carb intake? Serve on some flour tortillas instead of lettuce leaves.
* Like it HOT? Add some diced jalapeno or poblano peppers, and saute with the onion.
* Feeling lazy? Omit all the seasonings and just use a packet of taco seasoning.

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