lettuce wrap tacos

I could eat Mexican food for every meal every day- zero exaggeration. Being a health-focused gal, this forces me to use some creativity. I usually cut back on cheese (high fat content) and try to limit salt (sorry tortilla chips). One way that I can fill my need for tacos while still eating well is by whipping up some healthy lettuce wrap tacos!


if eliminating the tortilla means I can eat more tacos, I’m in.

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I buy 80% and drain the fat)
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 c water
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 tbsp Mexican seasoning (I like a lot!)
  • Topping: low-fat mozzarella cheese shreds, diced tomatoes, salsa
  • iceberg lettuce leaves

The filling for this recipe is the same as my lightened-up tacos, which bulks up this Mexican favorite with hearty veggies and beans to keep the calorie and fat count low… while still allowing hefty servings!

peppers, onions & beans add some healthy bulk to this Mexican favorite

peppers, onions & beans add some healthy bulk to this Mexican classic


To make these simply brown and drain the ground beef in a large skillet. Add in peppers, onions, and garlic; simmer until onions and peppers are soft. Add in water, seasoning, and beans. Allow mixture to simmer until water is cooked off.

Pop the filling into a lettuce leaf shell (I like to double up my leaves) and enjoy like your standard taco! Eliminating the tortilla shell avoids added calories and salt, but leaves all of the nom-nom-nom.

wrap it up in lettuce and enjoy like your standard taco

wrap it up in lettuce and enjoy like your standard taco



18 thoughts on “lettuce wrap tacos

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  2. I’ve been trying and failing to eat healthier, and it’s recipes and posts like these that keep me inspired to eat foods that are not only tasty but really good for you!


    • Kelly your comment made my day! I’m a health junkie with food obsession at heart- I feel the struggle! I will never be someone who ever ‘forgot to eat lunch.’ Never in my life have I “forgotten” about food haha I’m so happy you stopped by!


  3. These look great! I love Mexican, and I think I could eat it everyday. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday and sharing with us. Hope to see you again this week.


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