Southwest Beef Lettuce Wraps

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

1/2 yellow onion, diced 

2 pounds ground beef 

1/2 teaspoon chili powder 

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 

8 medium inner romaine lettuce leaves (from a romaine heart) 


1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 

2 red onions, diced 

2 avocados, each sliced into 8 slices

2 ears fresh corn, cooked and kernels sliced off 

1 container sour cream 

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

2 limes, each cut into 4 wedges


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, bell pepper, jalapeno and onions and cook until starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until totally browned, about 8 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper and stir to combine.
  2. Pile the mixture into individual romaine lettuce leaves and top each with 2 tablespoons pepper jack, 1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes, one-eight of the red onion, 2 slices of avocado, one-eighth of the corn, a dollop of sour cream, 1 tablespoon cilantro and 1 lime wedge.

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