Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups

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Lolita Carrico
Lolita Carrico
A certified nutritionist and self-taught chef with a love for entertaining and experimenting with food, Lolita Carrico created Ketology after struggling for years with her own hormonal changes and weight gain. After having two children, she found that managing her weight and moods became more and more of a struggle. After researching the ketogenic diet thoroughly and understanding the science and nutritional aspects, she began her keto journey in 2018. Within three months, she shed 25 pounds and her mood improved, focus sharpened and her energy was through the roof. Four years later, she has maintained a 65-pound weight loss and has learned to intuitively follow a balanced keto lifestyle without sacrificing a thing!

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. These Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups are a quick and light way to enjoy taco night.

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! And, if you want the crunch of a hard taco shell, try Folio’s as a shell for your keto tacos. Yum!

Of course, you can use ground beef instead of ground turkey in these Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups and I’ll often use a red onion instead of a yellow onion because I love the flavor of red onion in Mexican dishes. I also always have lots of sour cream, shredded cheese, fresh chopped cilantro and other toppings on the side.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups

Turkey Taco Boats

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Calories 555 kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 1-oz package taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 4-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 small tomato diced


  • 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, and tomato sauce to meat and stir. Cover and reduce heat to low for 15 minutes.
  • Add two lettuce "boats" per plate and fill one-eighth of the meat mixture into each boat.
  • Top with fresh tomato and serve.


Calories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 109gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 249mgSodium: 253mgPotassium: 1751mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1180IUVitamin C: 81mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 4mg
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