Skinny Taco Lettuce Boats

5 from 1 vote

Our all-time favorite turned skinny and healthy.

Gourmet tacos, vegetarian tacos, fish tacos, and back-to-basics tacos are popping up on menus across the nation, and we’re on the bandwagon. We absolutely love tacos! And to honor our love for this savory, Mexican staple, we’ve conjured up our own low carb, low-calorie, clean eating version. Our Skinny Taco Lettuce Boats are inspired by the delightfully tasty lettuce cups and lettuce wraps we’ve seen appealing to health conscious diners at trendy restaurants. We thought we’d marry the taco and the lettuce wrap into one tasty treat.

We like to use ground turkey in our taco boats, as it is high in lean protein, and lacks the fat and cholesterol, not to mention the calories, of ground beef and pork. Add your turkey to your lettuce cups with your veggie mixture, flavored with a bit of soy sauce that adds a bit of the same Asian inspired flair as the lettuce cups do. And, of course, using lettuce instead of tortillas or wraps, allows you to regulate the calorie and carbohydrates this dish contains, and retains the same crunch we all adore in a traditional taco.

Hosting a dinner party? Prepare these as an appetizer! Or gather the family for a dinner of taco lettuce boats, served alongside our Skinny Mexican Quinoa. The lettuce boats are a fun addition to any dinner!

5 from 1 vote

Skinny Taco Lettuce Boats

Taco lovers will be ecstatic over these tasty lettuce boats filled to the brim with taco goodness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 taco lettuce boat
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 onion medium, minced, separated
  • 1 cup tomatoes finely chopped, separated
  • 11 ounces lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper
  • 6 lettuce leaves washed and dried
  • 1/3 cup cheese low-fat, grated
  • chives finely chopped (optional)


  • Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè half of the onions and the garlic.
  • Add half of the tomatoes after one minute.
  • Add the turkey then season with the soy sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Toss until cooked through. Turn off the fire.
  • Using the lettuce as the bowls, distribute the turkey, remaining tomatoes and onions then the cheese. Garnish with the chives if using.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1taco lettuce boat | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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  1. Great recipes thanks. Would be really helpful to know what can be stored in fridge or frozen, as I am only making for one xxxx

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