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Turkey Tacos on Romaine (Lettuce Wrap) Recipe - Mince Republic

Turkey Tacos on Romaine (Lettuce Wrap)


These colorful, quick and healthy tacos are made with lean ground turkey on a romaine leaf for a Taco Tuesday filled with vegetables not lacking in flavor.


  • Ground Turkey Tacos:
  • 1 pd ground turkey
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup store-bought salsa (I use one with just tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, salt, cilantro)
  • whole romaine lettuce
  • cotija cheese*
  • Bell Pepper Pico:
  • 1 cup bell pepper (I used red, yellow, orange minis), chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (I used cherry), chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or less to taste*
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt&pepper to taste
  • Simple Guac:
  • 2 avocados
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or less to taste*
  • salt&pepper to taste


  1. For bell pepper pico, mix all ingredients together in a bowl, then put in fridge while meat cooks.
  2. For guac, mash avocados with a fork in a bowl, then add lime, cilantro and s&p. Put in fridge while meat cooks.
  3. For turkey, heat pan over medium high heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add turkey, letting it brown and breaking it up into pieces, about 5 minutes.
  4. Once turkey has browned, add salsa, turning heat down to medium-low, letting the meat simmer in the salsa. Allow it to thicken so meat is not too watery, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. While the meat is cooking, peel off individual romaine leaves for taco “shells”.
  6. Once meat is done, pile onto lettuce leaves with bell pepper pico, guac and top with cotija cheese.


*You can use another cheese if you can’t find cotija or don’t care for it. Monterey Jack would also be a good choice.
*While I personally love cilantro, I realize some do not like it with my same enthusiasm. If that’s the case, add it to your liking or omit altogether.

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