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!
- 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!
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.