Tex-Mex Lettuce Tacos Recipe

Lettuce Tacos Recipe- simple alternative to flour tortillas

I’m always trying to find ways to add more vegetables to meals. I also try to replace the unhealthy or nutrient-lacking parts of a traditional recipe with a healthier and fresher option if possible.

Some of my favorite ways to do this are:

Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Of all of these recipes that substitute vegetables for grains or processed ingredients, this one is the most simple. It takes the idea of lettuce wraps and combines them with the classic taco recipe.

I’ve found that I actually like the lettuce version better since the lettuce provides a crunch and a coolness that isn’t found in a regular tortilla. I grew up in Texas and I love the flavors of Mexican food. This recipe is a great way to get the same flavors without the need for white flour or vegetable oils in the tortillas.

If you don’t love lettuce in tacos and prefer an actual tortilla, I’d recommend these homemade grain-free and gluten-free tortillas. Also, if you have the time, this salsa recipe truly is the best I’ve ever tried and it is so simple to make!

Lettuce Tacos Recipe- simple alternative to flour tortillas
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Tex-Mex Lettuce Wrap Tacos Recipe

Use a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla for a cool crunch on the outside of your taco.
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 lettuce tacos
Calories 159kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • Brown meat in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked.
  • Season with cumin, chili powder, and garlic and stir well.
  • Cool slightly and put into romaine lettuce leaves like taco shells.
  • Top with desired taco toppings.


Nutrition info does not include toppings


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 22.9g | Fat: 6.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 85mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 0.5g

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