Kel’s Tasty Turkey Taco Lettuce Boats

Kel's Cafe Turkey Taco Lettuce Boats

Since Brad loves Mexican food but is avoiding red meat and all things bread (anything carb-laden, really), I created these wonderful ground-turkey-filled-lettuce boats, and used traditional taco seasonings such as cumin, chili powder and paprika to help spice up the turkey.  Brad gave the dish two-thumbs up as well as a regular rotation on his new cardio-metabolic diet. That is a great thing, trust me!

You control the heat by using your desired amount of hot sauce and adding or omitting the sliced jalapeños. I used Romaine lettuce (before the national scare), but Bibb lettuce will work as well – just look for fairly big and sturdy leaves to hold all of the yummy fillings.

Ingredients (Makes about 10)

Kel's turkey taco lettuce boat ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup sweet onion, diced small
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Seasoned salt, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish style paprika
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • Romaine or Bibb lettuce leaves

Optional toppings

  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Tomatoes, diced small
  • Red onion, diced small
  • Avocado, diced small
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Light sour cream
  • Fresh jalapeño, cut into thin slices


Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sweet onion and sauté for 2 minutes or so. Add turkey and garlic. Season with salt and hot sauce.

Add ground turkey to sauteed onions

Break up the turkey into small crumbles and cook for about 5 minutes, until turkey is browned throughout.

Brown ground turkey

Drain any grease if necessary, return to skillet and stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and chicken broth.

Add spices, etc. to browned turkey

Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes, until sauce has thickened.

Ground turkey mixture ready for Kel's turkey taco boats

Let the turkey mixture cool for several minutes and then serve it over lettuce leaves with desired toppings. Serve with a yummy margarita and tortilla chips if your diet allows!

Let's eat Kel's Cafe's Turkey taco lettuce boats

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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