These ground turkey lettuce wraps are the perfect weeknight meal!
Hey friends! I know it’s been a slow week over here. Adam was out of town on a business trip, so I’ve been all alone with our little Luna. I normally wouldn’t have been nervous about it – but she has major tummy issues on Sunday night, had to take her to the vet on Monday, and since then I’ve been trying to watch her like a hawk when she’s playing/wandering around. Why do puppies put EVERYTHING in their mouths?! 😂
Anyway, this is actually an old recipe that I’ve been wanting to update for a while. It’s one of my favorites because it’s super easy, healthy, and fast – 3 of the BEST prerequisites for weeknight meals! Less than 30 minutes and only one pan required for delicious lettuce cups? Yes please!
Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps
1 pound ground turkey
2 tbsp soy sauce
1.5 tbsp sriracha
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
3 green onions, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, chopped
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 head butter or boston lettuce
- Chop onion, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, and sesame oil together. Set aside.
- Heat 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in a large nonstick pan. Add ground turkey. Saute over medium high heat, breaking the meat up as it cooks.
- When the meat is no longer pink, add chopped onion, and minced garlic and ginger.
- Saute for 5 minutes, until the onions start to soften.
- Add the sauce and water chesnuts to the meat mixture. Stir to combine and let the sauce thicken for another 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in chopped green onions, cook 1 minute longer, and turn the heat off. The turkey should be cooked, the onions should be soft, and the sauce should coat all fo the ingredients.
- Wash the lettuce leaves and spoon the mixture into each leaf. Enjoy!
Lettuce Wrap Variations
While I love this recipe as it is below (if I do say so myself!), you can definitely make some variations! If you don’t have any of these sauces at home, it might feel like a lot of ingredients, but I pretty much always have them in my fridge/pantry, which means this requires very little groceries whenever we want to make it. Plus, they last a long time, so you can make this recipe over and over before you need to stock up again! That being said, you can definitely make do with less/other ingredients. Here are a few ideas…
Use any ground meat
If you have a different ground meat at home, or you just prefer a different one – go for it! I’ve only ever made ground turkey or ground chicken lettuce wraps so that’s what I would recommend, but if you want to try it with ground beef, give it a go! I’m curious if Beyond Meat would work, too!
Add other veggies
I was just talking the other night about how I think this would be so good with mushrooms mixed into the meat. Yum, right?! I also think this would be great with some bell peppers!
Mix up the sauce
As I mentioned, this list can seem long if you don’t already cook with ingredients like hoisin or sesame oil. If you don’t want to purchase all of the different sauces, you could also look for a teriyaki sauce and use that instead. I’d just suggest adding some sriracha to that so you get a little kick at least!
Use a different lettuce
Don’t fret if you can’t find boston or butter lettuce! We used iceberg recently when we couldn’t find the other two and they were great. I think romaine could also work really nicely, too!