Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

I love tacos! They are the perfect blend of flavors and you can mix and match toppings to suit your tastes. Everyone in the house is happy and we rarely have left overs on taco night.

Of course, now that I am eating “clean”, I have to think twice about all my meals, including tacos. I use the term loosely because everyone has a different definition of what that means. To me, eating clean means cutting out the following: added sugar, added salt, preservatives, white bread (which I haven’t eaten since I was 11 anyway), and most dairy. Therefore, I do as much cooking from scratch as I can. However, I’m not going to sit here and calculate macros and count carbs all day. I know what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t and go from there.



Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets.
Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets!


Clearly, I have to reconsider eating tacos with the salty taco seasoning, the carb filled shells, the sour cream, the cheese… oh how I love cheese! Taco salad is always an option, but when I’m on a diet I get so tired of anything with the word “salad” in it!
Luckily, I have a fabulous clean way to eat tacos that doesn’t include the bad stuff, and still tastes delicious. All it takes is a few variations on the usual taco recipe.



Hearts of Romain
Hearts of Romain



To make clean-eating tacos, follow these easy substitutions:


  • Use high quality ground beef, ground turkey or (my favorite) – pulled chicken, instead of low-grade ground beef

  • Use a salt-free Taco Seasoning. Home-made is the best choice ~ Here is my taco-seasoning recipe

  • Use Romaine lettuce leaves as taco shells. They have a nice boat shape, are very healthy, and have 0 carbs. They also have the crunchy texture

  • Use a salsa that has all natural ingredients. I love this organic Costco brand salsa

  • Ditch the sour cream and substitute Plain Greek Yogurt instead. Seriously! When all these flavors are mixed together, you can NOT tell the difference

  • Use a sprinkle of taco cheese blend. I know I need a little bit!

  • Add any other clean toppings you want!

    And there you have it! If you have any other healthy taco suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

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