Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Fast, easy and healthy happens every now and then and this one fits the bill for all three! My boys devour these…no really…they can each easily eat 6-7 of these wraps. They are so good and light and just perfect for a hot day when you don’t want to turn the oven on.   This is one of those Asian dishes that won’t require you go out and buy 75 rare ingredients that you’ll never use again either!  You can get everything at a regular grocery store which is a win in my book! I’ve made these with ground beef and they are amazing but like I’ve mentioned before, we love ground turkey almost 100% of the time but feel free to use whatever you prefer. Hope you love these as much as we do!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

1-2 heads worth of Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons minced pickled ginger (I used regular ginger)
1 dash Asian chili sauce (optional)
1 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch of green onions
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef or turkey and cooking oil in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease; transfer beef to a bowl. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet used for beef until slightly tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chile pepper sauce into onions. Add water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; cook and stir until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.

2. Serve meat filling into lettuce leaves like you would with taco shell. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.


Fairly simple main ingredients here. I love this ginger paste since I don’t have to peel and grate or cut fresh ginger. Lazy or smart? I’ll say smart. Ha!


Chop those water chestnuts really well. You have to still add these in even if you don’t like them alone. They add so much deliciousness to these wraps. 


Ready to be devoured by my bear cubs.


Butter lettuce isn’t cheap…unless you get it at Costco! This three pack was under four bucks! So tender and mild in flavor.


Recipe adapted from all

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