Taco Tuesday is a serious event in our home – and has been since my boys were toddlers. They’re now in their late teens and look forward to our Tuesday night tradition. While the basics of my “magic meat” filling (as we have called it since the boys were in diapers) haven’t changed much – I opt for a healthier, organic seasoning mix and have replaced carb-heavy tortillas with romaine lettuce.

I also recently started using Cut Da Carb wraps as a tortilla alternative here and there – even my boys love them. They’re 9g of net carbs per wrap, so a little on the high side but not bad for an occasional alternative!

Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups

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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 658kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 1-oz package taco seasoning we like Simply Organic's Southwest Taco Seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 small yellow onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 4-oz can tomato sauce we like Rao's
  • 1 small roma tomato diced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 small avocado pitted and sliced
  • 1 small serrano pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup queso cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cilantro rough chopped


  • In a medium pan over medium heat, brown turkey. (There shouldn't be any fat to drain.) Stir in seasoning packet and water.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, serrano and tomato sauce to meat and stir. Cover and reduce heat to low for 15 minutes.
  • Add two lettuce "taco shells" for each person and fill one-eighth of the meat mixture into each boat.
  • Top with fresh tomato, queso, cilantro and avocado and serve.


Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 116g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 249mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 3226mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 55552IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 10mg