Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos

These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!I love big flavors.

There are certainly times when “a hint” of, or “a splash” of an ingredient is perfect — however, for the most part, I say just go for it!Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!And that’s exactly what I did in this recipe.  You can taste the heat from the Pepper Jack cheese, you can taste earthiness from the cumin and chili powder, and you can taste the zing from limes — I mean, really taste each and every ingredient.Pepper-Jack-Turkey-Pickled-Onion-Lettuce-TacosAll of these flavors balance each other out so well — every bite, wrapped in the crisp lettuce, is an explosion of delicious flavors and textures!

Interestingly, these “tacos” are light and refreshing, while still being quite hearty and bold.  It’s a beautiful thing when this happens.Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!Enjoy!

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Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos
 
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Please note that the onions need to marinate in lime juice for at least 30 minutes. The longer they marinate, the better, so you can do this step well ahead of time if desired.
Serves: about 4
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup very thinly sliced red onions
  • juice of 1 small lime
  • olive oil for the pan
  • 1-pound ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
  • about 6 sprigs cilantro, washed and dried
  • 12 thin slices avocado (from about ½ of a large avocado)
  • 6 large Butter lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • ½ cup roughly chopped tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Add the onions to a small glass bowl and pour the lime juice over them. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes and ideally overnight. (The longer the better -- even a couple of days is great!)
  2. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the turkey and break it up into bite-sized pieces. Stir in the garlic and sprinkle it with the cumin, salt, chili powder, and onion powder. Mix to blend and sauté just until it's cooked through, about 6 minutes. Set it aside to cool.
  3. Place the washed and dried lettuce leaves on a baking sheet or large platter. Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!
  4. Once the turkey mixture has cooled to room temperature, add the cheese to it, and mix to blend.
  5. Spoon the turkey-cheese mixture evenly among the 6 lettuce leaves.Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!
  6. Add a sprig of cilantro to each one.Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!
  7. Place 2 thin slices of avocado next to the cilantro.Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos -- These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside different salsas and guacamole!
  8. Now divide the tomatoes evenly between them.
  9. Drain the onions and save all of the excess juice. Distribute the onions over the tomatoes and then drizzle the leftover juice over all of the tacos.Pepper-Jack-Turkey-Pickled-Onion-Lettuce-Tacos
  10. Serve!

 

 

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  1. says

    I love big flavours too! I love tacos like this… not only are they lighter (so you can eat more… yeah?? 😉 ) but they are also refreshing.. perfect for a warm night! I know what will happen now… I’ll be thinking about these all day!

    • valentina says

      Awesome. Thank you, April. Hope you try the onions — so great to have on hand for everything!

    • valentina says

      Thanks, Tamara. Yes, I’m often using turkey instead of beef — love both, but good to mix it up. 🙂

  2. says

    Lettuce tacos may be one of my favorite kinds now! We did a riff on your receipt last night (actually on Cinco de Mayo) but didn’t have all the ingredients. Boy, were they good and so much less filling! We made them with shrimp – I highly recommend it!

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