Romaine Lettuce Tacos & Homemade Taco Seasoning

Here's a low-carb option for your taco nights and a healthy taco seasoning!

Nacho Salads have become one of our favorite meals to make at home. However, this recipe has offered us a low carb option over using tortilla chips for nachos or taco shells, and it is still delicious! We have created our own taco seasoning for financial and health reasons. Even though taco seasoning packets seem cheap, it can add up over time, especially compared to making your own. Also, we just don't want the extra ingredients found in pre-made mixes. For your toppings, load them to your liking. For this photo, this evening I forgot to add black olives! Oh no! hahahahaha...Please enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey or Beef
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder

  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder

  • 1 tbsp Oregano

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • Optional to make spicier:
    1 tsp Cayenne or Red Pepper

  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

  • 3 oz Water
  • 16 Romaine Lettuce Leaves

Toppings Suggestions:

  • Salsa
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
    (Try greek yogurt! You'll be surprised!)
  • Black Olives
  • Tomatoes
 

Directions

  1. In a pan over medium-high heat, cook the meat while stirring and breaking it up until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain if desired.
  2. Add water and chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne or red pepper (optional), and salt and black pepper to the meat. Stir well and reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer and stir occasionally until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve your taco meat into one romaine leaf (or two depending on your preference).
  5. Load tacos with your toppings of choice!
 

This recipe makes 16 tacos, which is good for two meals for us. So, we always use half the meat for the current meal, then have the other half as leftovers for another day, to make lettuce tacos again or nacho salads. Our nacho salads are the same recipe, except we chop up the lettuce and add coarsely crushed up tortilla chips and eat with a fork.

Here we got super fancy and decided to use a food syringe to apply the greek yogurt to be all nice and even over the whole taco. Normally we would just dollop it on with a spoon ;)

As far as turkey vs. beef, we are not nutrition specialists or anything. We have been using turkey to save on the cost. Use your own judgement and check the labels. We cannot verify these articles, but here are a few that we've found about the debate:

http://www.theothersideoffood.com/ground-turkey-vs-ground-beef/

http://www.drgourmet.com/askdrgourmet/turkeyvbeef.shtml#.V4crfFdmhnl

http://www.livestrong.com/article/496340-which-is-better-for-you-ground-turkey-or-beef/