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Gluten-free Lettuce Wraps

Gluten-free Lettuce Wraps

Gluten-free lettuce Taco’s

This simple recipe for gluten-free lettuce wraps is a gluten-free variation of a basic beef taco recipe. The recipe uses lettuce leaves instead of tortillas or crispy corn shells.

All type of Mexican food is appreciated in our house and we especially love eating tacos and fajitas. 


gluten free lettuce wraps

Gluten free lettuce wraps

What is gluten?

Gluten is a family of proteins commonly found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. It is commonly found in foods made with flour like bread, pasta and cereal. Gluten can be dangerous for people with celiac disease where it can trigger an immune response.

People with gluten intolerance can have trouble breaking down the gluten, which is like a rubbery substance that gives bread dough its elasticity and holds it together. 


lettuce wraps recipe


The wheat tortillas we normally use to make our tacos, therefore, contain gluten. We planned to eat taco’s recently but my wife had just started a gluten-free diet so we decided to make these as an alternative for her.


easy lettuce wraps


Lettuce wraps

Obviously, there are many ways to wrap tacos, using wheat or corn tortillas or even flatbread. Corn tortillas may be gluten-free if there has been no cross-contamination from other products during manufacturing. But we did not have any handy so we resorted to using lettuce leaves to wrap the taco.

It was actually quite effective, although, as with all tacos, you have to be fairly skilled not to lose too much of your filling on the floor! Just wrap the lettuce leaf around your filling and hold on to it for dear life! You will not keep your fingers clean, I guarantee you 😊.


mexican lettuce taco wrap


What to put in your gluten-free lettuce wraps?

The fun thing about making tacos is that you can let people fill them with whatever they want. My daughter has decided she does not like onions or guacamole, so we spread out the ingredients and let her choose what she wants, like when we make our own pizzas.

In this recipe, we used ground beef, but you could also use chicken as an alternative for some chicken lettuce wraps. You may want to experiment by adding onions, cilantro or other ingredients to your tacos.


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If you want to make your own guacamole, which of course you should, then try this guacamole recipe. Or maybe you have some tzatziki in the fridge to use instead of the Crème fraîche?

Lettuce tacos

You can eat this dish as an appetizer or as a main dish. The only disadvantage of using lettuce as the wrap is that you seem to be able to get less filling in your taco! See how much you can fill it without dropping it all!


how to wrap a lettuce wrap


I hope you enjoy making this simple recipe and consuming them! Let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make gluten-free lettuce taco wraps

lettuce wraps recipe

Gluten-free Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

There is nothing quite so satisfying as a taco. Try this recipe if you are wanting a gluten-free version. Easy and quick to make, just complete with your favourite taco fillings.


  • 300g ground beef
  • Taco seasoning mix
  • Guacamole
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • Crème fraîche
  • Hot Dorito salsa
  • Grated cheddar
  • Baby gem lettuce leaves (or Iceberg lettuce if you prefer)


  • Red onion
  • Chopped Cilantro (coriander leaves)


  1. Fry the beef until browned on all sides. Then add the taco mix sachet and follow the manufacturer's instructions (the packet I used said to add 200ml of water and simmer for about 10 minutes).
  2. Prepare some guacamole and chop the tomatoes into small pieces.
  3. Take the baby gem lettuce leaves and wash and dry them thoroughly.
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and when the meat is cooked let everyone fill their own lettuce leaf to suit. Do not to forget to sprinkle the cheese at the end.
  5. You may want to eat with a knife and fork so as not to lose the best bits on the floor!


If you are not worried about the meal being gluten-free then, you can of course always just use a tortilla or taco shell instead!

Optionally add some chopped red onion or coriander to garnish.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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