Paleo-ish Tacos

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The best taco for "Taco Tuesday".

Taco night is one of my favorite nights of the week- especially when taco night is gluten and dairy free as well as low in carbs (and paleo… without the beans)!

I love making these delicious, veggie-based Paleo-ish tacos and used romaine lettuce leaves as the wraps instead of a taco shell or tortilla shell and stuffed them with beans, tomato, peppers, homemade guacamole and some grass-fed beef. They are delicious!

So, the next time you gearing up to make a batch of tacos, treat the family to this much healthier, and oh-so-tasty alternative.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Paleo-ish Tacos

Both healthy and delicious, these are the perfect tacos for your weekly taco night.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 taco
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex


For the Meat

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 vidalia sweet onion
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef, grass-fed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the "Taco Shells"

  • 1 head romaine lettuce 6 large lettuce leaves


  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup guacamole homemade if possible
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 15 ounces black beans tetra-pak box or can, no salt added, chickpeas, white beans or other bean optional
  • 3/4 cup lettuce chopped

Optional Additions

  • vidalia onion or red onion
  • salsa
  • avocado sliced
  • cheese of your choice organic
  • herbs and spices
  • dairy-free cheese or part-skim cheese


  • In a medium skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute or so
  • Add the onion and sauté until lightly browned (about 1-2 minutes)
  • Add the grass-fed turkey or beef, and sauté 7-10 minutes or until cooked, stirring every few minutes
  • While the meat is cooking, wash and chop the toppings and lay the romaine lettuce leaves out on serving plates
  • When the meat is cooked, add 1-2 tablespoons to each lettuce wrap, then add toppings per personal preference
  • Once all desired toppings have been added, serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1taco | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 115mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo

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Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

Isabel Smith, MS RD CDN, is a New York City-based Registered Dietitian, fitness expert and wellness coach. Isabel, the founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition, has helped hundreds of people reach their health and fitness goals. When Isabel isn't helping clients reach their goals, she can be found spinning, trying new recipes, and offering her expert opinion to publications like SkinnyMs, Cosmopolitan, and Eat This Not That, amongst others.

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