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 unhealthy or nutrient-lacking parts of a recipe with a healthier and fresher option if possible.

Some of my favorite ways to do this are:

  • Using cabbage for “noodles” in recipes like spaghetti
  • Using spiral cut parsnips as “noodles” in recipes like this shrimp lo mein
  • Substituting cucumbers for bread in finger sandwiches
  • Using cauliflower in place of rice in recipes like this paella
  • Making sweet potato noodles for this shrimp carbonara recipe

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!

Tex-Mex Lettuce Tacos Recipe




Yield 4 lettuce tacos

Use a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla for a cool crunch on the outside of your taco.



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

Courses Main

Cuisine Mexican

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 taco

Amount Per Serving

Calories 168

% Daily Value

Total Fat 6.3 g


Saturated Fat 2.7 g


Cholesterol 69 mg


Sodium 89 mg


Total Carbohydrates 4 g


Dietary Fiber 1.2 g


Sugars 1.1 g

Protein 23.2 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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