This recipe is one of our favorites. It takes about 15 minutes to pull together, and makes enough for two meals (for our family of 3) and could easily be doubled. It is delicious and healthy, and is Little Lion (and Mr. Lion) approved!

15 Minute Lettuce Wraps

Filling Ingredients-

  • 1 lb ground turkey (you could also use beef or chicken)
  • 1.5 cups black beans, canned or already cooked (any beans would probably work, but I have only tried black)
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn
  • 2 10 oz cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Lettuce (head works best)
  • Tortillas (if lettuce wraps aren’t your thing this would also make an excellent taco filling)
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Avocado Lime Dressing (I had some homemade in the fridge…delicious!)
  • Anything your heart desires


  1. Cook meat (I like to buy in bulk and keep cooked ground turkey in the freezer to save time on weeknight meals, so I skip this step.) Drain, and return to the same pan.
  2. Add beans, corn, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook on medium until most of the juice from the tomatoes absorbs into the meat, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the filling is cooking, prep your toppings. If you are using a head of lettuce, remove the core (you may also need to remove any wilted leaves from the outside), and then cut the head into quarters. The leaves will then easily pull apart into wrap sized pieces. One quarter is more than enough for two servings.
  4. Remove filling from heat and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes before serving (this allows the rest of the juices to absorb into the filling).
  5. I like to put all of the toppings and the filling separately on our plates so that we can assemble as we eat. It’s easier for us that way! (No lettuce for Little Lion yet…he got some peas instead!)

Nutritional Information (filling only) per 1/2 cup serving

220 calories, 5.9 grams of fat,  23.2 grams of carbohydrate (dietary fiber 5.7g, sugar 4g), 19.8 grams of protein

Recipe makes about 6 servings (we always freeze half for the following week!)

A double recipe would be enough for 4 meals, or once per week for the month. Since this has been such a big hit, I think I will try that next time. 15 minutes to cook 4 meals? That’s my kind of cooking!