Happy Taco Tuesday! It’s really becoming a thing, isn’t it? Me and you here every tuesday sharing tacos. I kind of like it.

Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | mountainmamacooks.com

As much as I wanted to give you a cheesy fried taco this week I’m going to hold off a few more weeks. I know so many of you are trying to eat a little lighter, a little healthier, (me included!) so today it’s all about the no carb, lean protein taco. Who says good for you can’t taste good? Besides, these for dinner simply means you can have a second margarita. (Or third, I’m not counting….1, 2, 3….) It’s all about balance, folks.

Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | mountainmamacooks.com

This week couldn’t have started off better. Yesterday I spent the morning snowboarding with one my dearest friends and to say we got the goods would be an understatement. I love riding on weekdays when all the kids go back to school and people with real jobs go to their respective offices. Leaving the mountain to myself and the handful of other lucky folks that can snowboard on a Monday morning. It was windy and Mother Nature was howling but the snow was plentiful and there were plenty of fresh turns if you were willing to look for them.

Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | mountainmamacooks.com

There is nothing better than starting my day on the mountain. The morning routine can be harried (you SO know what I’m talking about, mamas) and after making breakfast, packing lunches, dropping kids at school and finally breathing sigh of relief, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than make a couple turns on my snowboard. For years my husband and I have been referring to snowboarding as “catching a little wind to the face”. Fresh air, the solitude of the trees, the magnitude of the mountain, pushing your body- all of it is summed up in that one phrase. Every time I ride and “catch a little wind to the face”, I am lighter and more grounded and never before have I left the mountain feeling worse than when I got there.


There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t take a moment and reflect on how grateful I am to live in a place that allows me to do something I love so much. That I’m healthy enough to do what it is I love and now that I’m a mom, my husband and I can share it with our kids and hopefully instill a love of the mountain in them as well. Finding time to do something your passionate about isn’t about luck. It’s not finding the time but rather making the time. If you make whatever it is you love to do a priority and commit to making it happen, then it will. I truly hope that each of you have your “something”. Everyone deserves and NEEDS a little wind to the face. I hope you’re getting yours! And if not, then what are you waiting for? Get after it!

Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps | mountainmamacooks.com

So tacos… what can I say? Lean, healthful, full of flavor, GARLIC, ground turkey, I’ll take a lettuce wrap and hold the tortilla, leave off the cheese and bring on the cilantro, quick, easy, top with avocado, get some.

Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 tacos each

Lean ground turkey tacos are packed full of flavor thanks to the cilantro-lim salsa they are cooked in! Guilt free and gluten free too.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey breast
  • 1 small or 1@ medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup your favorite green salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1-2 heads of iceberg lettuce (depending on size)
  • diced avocado and tomatoes for garnish


  1. In a food processor, add onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and green salsa. Pulse until a smooth salsa consistency is reached; set aside.
  2. In a medium non-stick sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking up any large pieces, for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; stir.
  3. Add salsa to turkey and stir to combine and cook until turkey is cooked through about 5 minutes more. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Turn heat off and let turkey mixture sit while you prepare the lettuce cups.
  5. Tear off large pieces of lettuce that are big enough to hold about 1/3 cup of ground turkey. Top each lettuce cup with diced tomato, avocado and extra cilantro if desired. If you're like me, load it with hot sauce too!
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32 Responses to Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

  1. Liz says:

    Nice recipe – thank you and have a great Tuesday.

  2. MMm my favorite flavor combo! These sound fantastic! Will definitely add these to our dinner menu!

  3. These tacos sound amazing! Cilantro & Lime aways kicks dishes up a notch!

  4. Sounds like and incredible day yesterday! Very fun!!

    And the tacos! Yes please! I just made lettuce wraps the other day and have some left over lettuce, so these are a must!

  5. Courtney says:

    Bookmarked this for dinner sometime this week, looks awesome. The only thing is I’m allergic to tomatoes, so do you have any suggestions for what I could substitute for green salsa?

  6. ok…I just made PF Changs chicken lettuce wraps last night which got me thinking I should come up with a SW version and voila, here’s your recipe. Really nice photos and will be making these soon. Pinned.

  7. sarah says:

    Made these tonight and they were AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing. Even my 7 and 5 year olds asked for seconds!
    Any guess on how many calories each one would have? Or the whole recipe?

    • Kelley says:

      I’m not sure. I don’t calculate recipes though I think there are online ways to enter the recipe ingredients that will calculate the nutritional information for you!

  8. mj says:

    Made these last night for dinner. They are SO good. Will definitely become a regular, especially since every single person in my family loved them. Thank you!

  9. Marlene says:

    Boston or Bibb lettuce also works well. It’s a little softer and folds more easily, and has more nutrients than iceberg, I think. It is more expensive, though.

  10. Christina says:

    I made these with ground beef (local hormone and antibiotic free of course!) and it is amazing!!! Thanks for such a fab recipe! This is a definite make again – over and over again!

  11. Meredith says:

    I cooked these tonight – I was without a couple of ingredients (oregano, green salsa, chicken stock) yet they were wonderful! I mixed in some peppers, tomatoes, and celery with the onions and cilantro instead- so good!

  12. Bernadette says:

    This was delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. Jaclyn Michele King says:

    Made this tonight for dinner…fabulous. Great flavor.

  14. Tina says:

    These came out wonderfully !!
    My 7 yr old said they were her favorite tacos thus far!!

  15. Nikki says:

    I eat these often. I am trying to track calories, any idea how many calories are in 1/3 cup of the turkey mix? Starting to look like I might have to do it by individual ingredient

  16. Melissa Henry says:

    I made these the other day and they were so good we had them three nights in a row and were sorry when it was all gone. A keeper that will be added into my meal rotation for sure!

  17. Kerri says:

    These were DELICIOUS!

    I came across your recipe on Pinterest while I was looking for a way to jazz up plan ol’ turkey tacos. We had them in corn tortillas but honestly, they might have been even better in the lettuce wraps. Your taco filling was just so flavorful. Just wanted to praise you for such a yummy recipe!

  18. Lauren says:

    Thank you for posting this delicious recipe! I made these for colleagues at our health lunch club and they were a hit! I paired with a Mango, blueberry and banana salad and some blue corn tortilla chips. Thanks again for sharing!

  19. Cassie Tran says:

    I love turkey lettuce cups! I’ve tried this several times and it is addictive!

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