This has been such a fun weekend sharing a bunch of my favorite lettuce wrap recipes! I hope you got some ideas for your menu for this summer.
Have you ever noticed that restaurant salads have a bajillion calories? I mean, how does that happen? Do they inject butter into the vegetables, or what? Southwest chicken salads are generally one of the culprits, but I lightened it up with this DELISH lettuce wrap. It is a perfect summer meal, fresh and full of flavor. The secret ingredients that really amp up this recipe are the Fritos, and the homemade chipotle ranch dressing which gives it a rich and creamy kick that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the peppers.
Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Chipotle Ranch Dressing
- 1 head of butter lettuce or baby romaine
- 1 heaping cup chicken grilled and chopped
- 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 cup corn
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1/4 cup red onions chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup Fritos or tortilla strips
- 1/3 cup orange bell peppers diced
- limes quartered
- 1/2 cup sour cream I use light
- 1/4 cup mayo I prefer the olive oil kind
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp chipotle pepper in adobo
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1 clove garlic (1/2 tsp.)
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- pinch salt
Pull lettuce leaves off of stock and rinse well. Lay out on a towel and set aside.
Grill and chop chicken, and throw it into a bowl. Add cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, and red onions and lightly toss until combined.
I like to serve my wraps buffet style so everyone can make their own. You can set the chicken mixture out in a bowl, along with bowls or a platter with the remaining ingredients. To assemble wraps, place one leaf of lettuce on a plate or in your hand. Stack chicken mixture, cilantro, cheese, fritos dressing and a squeeze of the lime.
In a bowl, whisk together mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk. Pull one large chile out of the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (you can find these in the ethnic food aisle). Slice it down the center and de-seed if you are like me and are a little wimpy when it comes to spicy foods. If you like spice, leave the seeds. Scrape the guts away from the skin and discard skin. Add to the mayo mixture, whisking well. Mix in cumin, garlic, and oregano. Add salt to taste. Thin out with more buttermilk if you prefer it thinner.
Well, that’s it for this lettuce wrap filled weekend! You can find all of them up in my recipe tab at the top of the page. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! And, I hope you found a few light, fresh and delicious recipes to add to your summer rotation!
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