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Paleo Lettuce Taco Recipe

Updated on January 17, 2014

Every now and then I get a craving for a nice spicy taco. Making the filling Paleo friendly is easy enough, but how can you contain them without grains or gluten? My solution is to wrap them in a big, crisp lettuce leaf!

The word 'taco' generally doesn't bring to mind a healthy meal, but it can be! Any meat can be used (I prefer turkey), just try to use a leaner portion if possible. This recipe is low in fat and high in protein, a perfect post-workout snack!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves three people three tacos each


  • 9 Leaves Romaine Lettuce, Whole
  • 1 Pound Ground Meat of Your Choice
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, Chopped
  • Almond Cheese, Grated
  • 3 Tablespoons Salsa
  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chili Powder, To Taste
  • Cayenne Pepper, To Taste
  • Garlic Powder, To Taste


  1. Brown the meat in a large frying pan.
  2. While the meat is frying wash and trim the lettuce leaves.
  3. Chop the tomatoes and jalapenos and grate the cheese.
  4. When the meat is finished cooking drain out any fat. Add the spices to suit your taste.
  5. Fill the lettuce leaves with the meat followed by cheese, toppings, and salsa.

Ground Turkey vs Lean Ground Beef

Taste preferences aside, is one truly healthier than the other? Ground turkey is generally considered healthier because of its lower fat content, fewer calories, and more protein. While fat is essentially to your diet and desirable to an extent, saturated fat is typically deemed a "bad" fat, and beef has a higher amount than turkey (5.3g per 100g of beef compared to 2g in turkey). Due to the reduced amount of fat turkey has a tendency to dry out so be careful not to overcook it.

If mineral content is important for your diet, it is good to know that turkey contains more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and selenium, while beef has more zinc, potassium, and iron.


Jalapeno Health Benefits

  • Reduces nasal congestion and prevents sinus infection
  • Promotes weight loss
  • High in Vitamin C (one pepper has a day's worth!)
  • Contains antioxidants

Nutrition Facts (when prepared with turkey)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Taco
Calories 130
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 20 g40%
Sodium 325 mg14%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Serve With

These tacos are low in calories and not quite as filling as a traditional taco so you may want to pair them with another side dish. I like to make a light garden salad, or for a heartier meal chili goes together well.

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    • Victoria Anne profile image

      Victoria Anne 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan, glad to hear it :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Well I don't follow a Paleo diet, but this looks awesome anyway. A nice light refreshing twist to a regular taco. I'm going to have to give this a try.

    • Victoria Anne profile image

      Victoria Anne 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks so much VVanNess!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh, I love this! I get the Romaine lettuce heads and do this all the time. It just seems like they were specifically designed to stuff and eat. Nice article. Thank you!