Friday, March 21, 2014

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes I love making dishes that take hours to prep, cook, create, and plate. But a lot of times that is not realistic in the day to day world. Between rushing from the gym to work to the store to happy hour to the gas station to the doctor and back to the store because you forgot something the first time, we really only have a small window to get dinner on the table. That's where these simple lettuce wraps come in handy. They take about 20 minutes to make, and they are ridiculously filling. I served mine with lettuce leaves to create a full meal, but feel free to mix things up and serve this on top of a salad or with tortilla chips for a fun dip!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, chopped
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • romaine lettuce leaves, or butter lettuce leaves
Preheat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add in the ground turkey and brown for 5 minutes until pink is almost all gone. Add in the shopped onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute for another 3 minutes, until the veggies begin to soften and become fragrant.

Then add in the pinto beans, green chiles, tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of the water, salt, and pepper. Stir together to mix and lower the heat to simmer. Cover and cook until thickened and reduced, about 12 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Add in more water if you think it is thickening too quickly. 
Serve with romaine lettuce leaves by scooping some turkey mixture in the lettuce like a taco.

Feel free to garnish with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, or guacamole if you like.

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