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Author Notes: I absolutely love lettuce wraps. I am always looking for new ways to reinvent lettuce wraps and up the flavor of the dish! These lettuce wraps are absolutely delicious, made with a variety of Mexican spices, and seasoned with the crisp, clean, and inviting flavor of cilantro. It's definitely a mexican fiesta. The salsa just takes these over the top! These babies are also super duper healthy, so dig in! —misschels
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground turkey meat
- 1 whole orange bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped
- 1/2 whole white onion, roughly chopped
- 2 whole cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Spanish paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup green onion, roughly chopped
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 whole lime, juiced
- 1 large head of iceberg lettuce
- 1 serrano pepper, seeds discarded, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds discarded, finely chopped
- 2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup pineapple, cut into small chunks
- 1 pink lady apple, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 dash of salt, to taste
- Heat olive oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, saute for about 3 minutes, just until the mixture has "sweat down" a bit.
- Add the spices and mix thoroughly, cook for around 1 minute.
- Add the ground turkey and salt, cooking over a medium-high heat. Make sure to break apart the turkey with the back of a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- Cook the turkey for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to brown. When the turkey is lightly browned, add the green onions and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Spoon 2-3 large spoonfuls of the turkey mixture into each piece of lettuce. Top the meat mixture with salsa (see recipe below).
- For the salsa, Prepare everything as noted (begin with the serrano peppers) Place all ingredients, except for lime, vinegar, and salt into a large bowl. Toss everything together with the lime juice and vinegar. Season to taste with salt.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Spicy Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Thanksgiving Turkey