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Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps Recipe – Healthy Eating Done Right!

These healthy beef taco lettuce wraps prove that healthy eating is anything but boring at our house!

If  you are looking for a healthier and low-carb alternative to traditional beef tacos, this recipe is for you.  These wraps are packed with flavor, easy to make, and are a satisfying option for any mealtime. 

The wraps make a great main course and are also one of my favorite easy appetizers.

My Mexican lettuce wrap recipe is a bright and colorful take on the normal taco recipe. To slim it down, I make tacos with lettuce instead of tortilla shells. Best of all –  these are one of my favorite 30 minute meals. Let’s get started!

Mexican lettuce wraps in a clear serving dish.

When you are trying to watch your weight and eat in a more healthy manner, it sometimes seems that mealtimes are boring. But that does not have to be the case. We love tacos at our house but want to cut carbohydrates.

Even though I love normal carb-heavy wraps, for the times when you want to have a meal with a tortilla and and for another way to keep the calories down, be sure to check out my cheeseburger wraps. They are amazing and only 279 calories each.

Spice up your mealtime with our Mexican beef taco lettuce wraps recipe 

I used Romaine lettuce leaves and doubled them to make them more sturdy.  They are the perfect size and shape to hold the fillings and their lovely green color compliments all the fillings beautifully.

One of my favorite things about these lettuce tacos is that the fillings really are up to you.  Just about everything you can add to a taco is somewhat healthy.

Feeling like extra fiber? Add some black beans.

Want more healthy fats? Add some chopped up avocados. Lower fat cheese such as Cabot reduced fat cheddar lightens the calories and still tastes great.

Plate with ground beef, onion, garlic and olive oil

And of course, lettuce, tomatoes, and chopped sweet peppers all add a wonderful bit of healthy carbs as well as loads of color. 

Bowls of red onion, tomatoes, peppers and sour cream with avocado and cilantro leaves.

Making the seasoning for taco lettuce wraps

I made my own taco seasoning, rather than using packaged mixes (which taste too salty for my taste).  It is simple to make from ingredients that you probably have on hand.

The ingredients are a great blend of chili powder, garlic powder, onion flakes, red pepper, oregano, paprika and cumin.

What lettuce is best for wraps?

In my opinion, the best lettuce for taco wraps is Romaine. (also called cos lettuce.) This lettuce has green, crisp, extended leaves, that are tightly wrapped to form an elongated head.

The leaves are crunchy and hold up well to fillings. Romaine lettuce leaves fit perfectly into my serving dish. 

Be sure to use some inner leaves. They hold up better than the outside ones.  I made 6 tacos with this recipe.

The recipe is perfect to serve 3 hungry people or a starter for 6.

Romaine lettuce in a glass baking dishThis meal is so easy to make and is on the table in a flash.  It takes just a few minutes to prepare and then a few more to cook.  Spoon it into the shells and serve.

Healthy eating done the right way!  Doesn’t this platter look fantastic?  Your family will love this new way to do tacos.

Fillings in lettuce leaves and words Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps plus a bowl of salsa.

I served this with black bean salsa and it’s also great with an easy side dish such strawberry peach salsa with jalapenos. I even added extra veggies by serving it with roasted beet salsa.  All make the perfect accompaniment and the whole meal will be very filling too.

This recipe is healthy cooking at its best. It is gluten free and if you omit the cheese and sour cream, it’s also Paleo and Whole30 compliant.

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Romaine lettuce filled with taco mixture and words Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps.

Yield: 6

Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps

Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps

These healthy beef taco lettuce wraps are easy to prepare and make a great main course/\.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 12 Romaine lettuce leaves, doubled up, for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ground beef and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking up the beef occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in the taco seasoning, tomatoes and chicken broth.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes until the sauce has reduced.
  6. Spoon the mixture into lettuce leaves and top with your favorite toppings.
  7. Shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, diced red onion, diced avocado, sweet peppers, chopped cilantro, light sour cream, for serving.
  8. Omit cheese and sour cream for Paleo and Whole30

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 469mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 23g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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