Southwest Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Sauce


Once upon a time there was a blender.  Lets just call him Mr Blender.  Clever, I know.

Mr Blender was lonely but had an optimistic outlook on life in general.  He cranked out smoothies day in and day out…it got old and tiresome but he never complained. And when something more was asked of him, like grinding or emulsifying,  he stepped up to the plate like a boss. Always willing to lend a hand, that guy.

One day his pal, Tico Taco, approached him.  Could I be any more tired? said the taco.  Its the same old thing for me, over and over.  Sour Cream.  Salsa.  Cheese.  Im over it!  I need someone to connect with.  I need a break.  I need spice…spontaneity…to feel free and young and hip and full of life again!  {mid-life crisis much, Mr Taco?}

So, the blender did what any good buddy would do.  Yes, he was tired and lonely himself, but he rallied for his friend.  Total wingman, folks.

Mr Blender went to work.  He rounded up a few voluptuous avocado goddesses-Tico is totally into curves.  He dressed them to the nines in the most fresh attire possible and spiced them up in the best smelling scents to indulge his dear friend-matchmaking, at its finest.

And the goddesses, lets just call them Avocado Sauce,  all dolled up, waited for a call from Tico.  One, cold, dark, gloomy evening the phone rang.  My friend Mr Blender has told me a lot about you, Avocado Sauce.  Care to meet for a drink? said Tico.  

So they did.  Avocado Sauce and Tico Taco met for a drink (a margarita, naturally). Their drink turned into fate; fireworks sparked and the choirs sang a beautiful version of Ricky Martins Livin’ La Vida Loca.  Soon after they were married.  And before long Tico had no idea how to live his life without Avocado Sauce right by his side.  They made wonderful, beautiful Southwest Lettuce Wrap babies.  And my life has never been the same from that point on.

The End.






Southwest Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Sauce


For the Avocado Sauce

2 Avocados

2 Garlic Cloves

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1/4 Cup Cilantro Leaves

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

For the Lettuce Wraps

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Pound Ground Turkey

3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning

1/3 Cup Water

1-15 Ounce Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed

1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Corn, cut off the cobb

Romaine Lettuce Leaves, for serving

Chopped Tomato, for serving

Hot Sauce, optional, for serving


For the Avocado Sauce

Place avocados, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, vinegar, salt, pepper and water into a blender and blend until smooth.  With the motor running stream in the olive oil until combined.  Add additional water if you desire it a thinner consistency.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

For the Lettuce Wraps

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add turkey and brown; drain.  Return the turkey to the skillet and add taco seasoning and water.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in black beans and corn and cook for 2 additional minutes, stirring often.

Serve turkey mixture on romaine leaves and top with tomato,  avocado sauce and hot sauce, if desired.. Serves 4-6.

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