Chipotle Beef Lettuce Wraps

chipotle beef lettuce wraps with avocado dressing
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Savory chipotle beef wrapped up in tender bibb lettuce and topped with a creamy avocado sauce. Who says taco night needs tortillas? This recipe makes eight big (and a little messy) lettuce wraps – for a less messy experience just add some more lettuce and fill them with less of the chipotle beef.



For the Wraps

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 chipotle pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • Juice of one lime
  • 16 bibb lettuce leaves

For the Sauce

  • 1 small avocado, skin and pit removed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro, plus 1 teaspoon for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. To make the filling, first heat the olive oil in a 10-inch pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook it, breaking it apart with a spatula, until it’s no longer pink. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook them with the beef for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they start to soften. Add the corn, chili powder, salt, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and tomato sauce. Stir and bring the filling to a simmer. Add the lime juice and reduce the heat to low while you make the sauce.
  2. To make the sauce, place the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, sour cream, and kosher salt in a small food processor. Turn on the processor and, while it’s running, add the olive oil until the sauce is combined.
  3. To make the wraps, place the filling on top of two lettuce leaves. Top each wrap with a dollop of the avocado sauce and garnish with chopped cilantro.


Notes about the avocado sauce

  • I love how creamy the olive oil makes the sauce, but you can omit it to save on some calories. The sauce will have more of a guacamole-like consistency.
  • I used a small food processor, but you can make the sauce without it. First, mash the avocado until it’s somewhat smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and just stir until combined.  I haven’t tried making the sauce in a standard-sized blender and, because of the small amount, can’t say how that might work. When I try using my blender for small amounts it doesn’t always work right, so be aware.
  • And because sometimes we need things really simple, a dollop of plain sour cream or store-bought guacamole in place of the avocado sauce is delicious, too.


Keywords: beef lettuce wraps, chipotle beef