For those on a low-carb kick that love Mexican but dread all the beans and bread, try this alternative for taco night. It uses lettuce leaves instead of taco shells to make a dish that's halfway between a lettuce wrap and a taco. Low on carbs and still delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
12 lettuce-wrapped tacos
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir green bell pepper and yellow onion in a skillet over medium heat with olive oil and chicken broth until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

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  • Cut up ground beef into small pieces; place into a separate skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ground beef with taco seasoning until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  • Sprinkle roma tomatoes with salt in a bowl. Place Cheddar cheese into a separate bowl.

  • Fill each lettuce leaf with about 2 tablespoons beef filling; top with 1 to 2 teaspoons green pepper mixture, roma tomato, about about 1 1/2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese.

Cook's Note:

Measurements are approximate and can be adjusted to your tastes. All ingredients can be customized to your preferred taco toppings. This could also work especially well with iceberg lettuce.

Nutrition Facts

550 calories; protein 34.5g; carbohydrates 14.4g; fat 38.9g; cholesterol 127.7mg; sodium 1223.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2013
I used ground chicken instead of ground beef, red pepper instead of green pepper and homemade taco seasoning. To fill the meal out a bit, I served it with my Take-Out Fake-Out Mexican Rice and homemade refried beans. NO leftovers. We ate every bit of this until it was gone. Very economical meal to make. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2020
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2013
I used ground chicken instead of ground beef, red pepper instead of green pepper and homemade taco seasoning. To fill the meal out a bit, I served it with my Take-Out Fake-Out Mexican Rice and homemade refried beans. NO leftovers. We ate every bit of this until it was gone. Very economical meal to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2015
It's really hard to rate a taco that uses a basic taco filling. I mean a taco is a taco. For creativity, I give it 5 stars. The shape of the romaine leaf, along with its sturdiness makes a perfect substitute for the carb watchers that don't want a tortilla shell. I'm not sure why the peppers and onions are sauteed and served as a topping other than to please a picky eater. I'd much rather save a step and cook them in with the meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2014
I tried it tonight with ground turkey it was the bomb!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2015
Cut lettuce up and made mine a taco salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2015
Recipe Group Selection: 18 April 2015 Great recipe - I loved it. Hubs asked "Where in the heck is the taco shell?" He ate four on the lettuce shell so I don't think he really missed the flour tortilla! This came together quickly and was super easy to make. I liked the less calories without the shell but added them to the meal with the side dishes! It was served with 'Quick and Easy Guacamole' 'Refried Beans Without the Refry' from AR and fresh fruit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2015
Lettuce Leaf Taco Haiku: "No surprise they're great! 5-star reviews in order. Fun and colorful!" Only very minor changes that I made were using 4 TB of AR's "Taco Seasoning I" instead of 3 and not adding the optional chicken broth to the veggie saute. (Alot of the reviews mention this being an "April 2015 Recipe Group Selection" - what does that mean?) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2015
I made these for recipe group this week. We liked the idea and I would consider it a good replacement on the day I feel the need to cut carbs or just find myself without shells unexpectedly. I used homemade taco seasoning and added toppings of guacamole and FF Greek yogurt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2015
I did more of a fajita thing. with beef fajita meat bell peppers. ( all colors) it was a hit. simple yet tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2014
I used homemade taco seasoning with organic ground turkey. Even my kids loved it. I'm so happy to have found this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2020
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