Enjoy all the delicious flavors of a shrimp taco without the carb heavy tortillas! These Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps will keep you full and satisfied without taking you out of ketosis.
Shrimp tacos are a delicious meal to have any night of the week. Especially for those who have been craving tacos for a while. In fact, this recipe is also family friendly as the filling can be served inside tortillas for the kids, making it easy for you to feed your family without having to make separate meals.
These wraps are full of delicious shrimp, coated in just the right amount of taco spice and paired with tomatoes, avocados and purple cabbage. Squeeze a little lemon or lime over top and sprinkle with fresh parsley and you have a keto winner.
The good news? This recipe combines the flavors you know and love when it comes to shrimp tacos, without having to consume mass amounts of carbohydrates. It can also be made ahead, making it perfect for those who are meal prepping for lunches or dinners.
What Kind of Lettuce is Used for These Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps?
The lettuce you use to make wraps makes all the difference. We prefer to use a lettuce that has large leaves, making it easy to wrap around the fillings. For this recipe, we use either bib or butter lettuce, they both provide the perfect texture and their large leaves are perfect for wrapping.
What Ingredients are in the Filling of These Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps?
This amazing recipe has a variety of taco type seasonings like chili powder, paprika and cumin coating delicious shrimp. It also has garlic, purple cabbage, avocado and tomatoes. The filling is absolutely delicious and reminiscent of your favorite shrimp tacos without having to consume all those carbohydrates.
Do You Have to Use Shrimp in These Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps?
While the shrimp play a big part in this recipe, you are more than welcome to substitute it with chicken or ground beef. Just make sure to adjust the cooking times and temperatures to ensure everything is properly cooked.
Can You Use Taco Seasoning Packets for This Recipe?
While you can use prepackaged taco seasoning for this delicious recipe, it is recommended that you just make your own using the appropriate spices.
About Packaged Taco Seasoning
When you purchased packaged taco seasoning from the grocery store, some of the ingredients are rather disheartening. Believe it or not, it is not just straight up spices and seasonings. In fact, some of the ingredients that are listed can wreak havoc on your stomach. A lot of packaged taco seasonings contain Maltodextrin. This is just another name for corn starch and sugar. It is much better to just focus on creating your own from ingredients in your own pantry.
How to Make Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps
This recipe is a delicious take on traditional shrimp tacos. It is generally simple to make and only requires a few simple ingredients.
We used our own taco seasoning combination to create this recipe. This gives us all those yummy flavors without the added chemicals.
To make these Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps you are going to need:
- Olive oil
- Chili powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Purple Cabbage
- Bib or butter lettuce leaves
- Lemon or Lime (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Shrimp
Clean and dry your peeled and deveined shrimp by rinsing them with clean water and patting dry with a paper towel.
Step 2: Dice, Chop and Shred
Dice up your tomatoes and avocado, chop the parsley and shred your purple cabbage.
Step 3: Coat the Shrimp
Using a mixing bowl, combine your cleaned shrimp with chili powder, paprika, cumin, minced garlic and salt and pepper.
Step 4: Prepare Your Skillet
Heat 2 tablespoons of your olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Step 5: Cook Shrimp
Add your shrimp into to your prepared skillet and cook for 5-8 minutes until cooked through. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook your shrimp in batches.
Step 6: Cool the Shrimp
Before constructing your lettuce wraps, allow your shrimp to cool a little. This will help to keep your lettuce wraps from wilting.
Step 7: Get Ready to Serve
To make one serving of your Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps, place two or three of your lettuce leaves on a plate or on the counter. Split 2 tablespoons of your shredded purple cabbage, 10 shrimp, 1/6 of the chopped avocado and ½ teaspoon of chopped tomatoes between the lettuce leaves.
Step 8: Garnish
Top each lettuce wrap with freshly chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon or lime.
Step 9: Serve and Enjoy
Serve these up by repeating step 7 to complete all your servings.
- 2 lbs. Peeled and deveined shrimp
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 tbsp Shredded purple cabbage
- ½ Avocado chopped
- 4 tbsp Chopped tomatoes
- 3 tbsp Freshly chopped parsley
- 15-18 Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
- 1 Lemon (optional)
- Clean and dry your shrimp.
- Dice the tomatoes and avocado, chop the parsley and shred the purple cabbage.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the shrimp, chili powder, paprika, cumin, minced garlic as well as salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp for 5-8 minutes until cooked through. You may need to cook the shrimp in two or more batches depending on the size of your skillet.
- Let the shrimp cool for a few minutes before creating your lettuce wraps. This will keep the lettuce wraps from immediately wilting
- To make one serving, place two or three lettuce leaves on a counter or plate. Split 2 tbsp of purple cabbage, 10 shrimp, ⅙ of the chopped avocado and ½ tbsp of chopped tomatoes between the lettuce leaves. Top with some freshly chopped parsley, and a squeeze of lemon if you like.
- Repeat step 6 to create all 6 servings of shrimp tacos.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 319mgSodium: 1501mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Serve on the Side of These Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps?
While these delicious tacos are a meal on their own, you are more than welcome to pair them with some delicious keto friendly side dishes. Easy Keto Cauliflower Bites make a delicious side to this recipe, or you can simply serve them up with some cauliflower rice, or a delicious keto friendly cabbage slaw.
Can I Make These Keto Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps Ahead of Time?
If you are meal prepping for lunches or dinners, this recipe is perfect. Simply make the filling ahead of time and prepare and wash your lettuce. Do not assemble the wraps until you are ready to eat them as you will want to heat the filling before assembling. Store the filling in an airtight container in your fridge until you are ready to eat them and then reheat the filling in your microwave.