Tex Mex Lettuce Wraps

I would love to say that I had some great inspiration to make this dinner.  On the contrary, I decided to make this for dinner tonight because flank steak was on sale (buy one get one free!) at the store today.  My first instinct with flank steak was to make fajitas, but I wanted something a little lighter.  So, I decided to make lettuce wraps instead.

Instead of my usual marinade, I decided to make a Tex Mex inspired spice rub for the steak. I grilled some bell peppers and onions to go with the steak inside the lettuce wraps. To top it off, I added a quick corn salad and some fresh avocado!

After I had already decided what to make for dinner, I saw Jenn’s post about this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient – Bell Pepper – on Bread + Butter. How convenient!

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 2 small red bell peppers (or one large), cut into strips
  • 1 large green bell pepper (or two small), cut into strips
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 lime
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Large iceberg lettuce leaves

Directions:

Preheat the grill to medium heat. Brush the corn with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Start the corn on the grill while preparing the other ingredients.  Be sure to turn the corn every once in a while so that it cooks evenly.

In a small bowl, combine the paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne.  Rub the spices into the steak, covering all sides evenly.

In another bowl, combine the bell peppers and onions.  Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a grill basket.

Cook the steak and the bell peppers and onions on the grill.  The bell peppers and onions should be tender and charred slightly.  Cook the steak to the temperature that you prefer – I like medium-well.  Remove the corn, steak, and the bell peppers and onions from the grill.  Let the steak rest for 5 minutes and then thinly slice against the grain.

Meanwhile, dice the tomato and combine with the cilantro in a large bowl. Add the juice from half of the lime, and season with salt and pepper.  Once the corn is cooled, cut it off the cob and add to the tomato and cilantro mixture.  In a separate small bowl, toss the diced avocado with the juice from the remaining half of the lime.

To assemble the wraps, take one leaf of the lettuce, and add a few slices of steak and some of the peppers and onions.  Roll burrito style (if you can… the lettuce can be tricky).  Top with the corn salad and some of the diced avocado.

15 Responses to Tex Mex Lettuce Wraps

  1. alice says:

    Jen, These look Awesome!!!!

  2. jenn says:

    Oooo…nice. I’m going to have a hard time deciding. LOL. Bell beppers are so versatile.

    Yummy wraps!!

  3. Mags says:

    I’ve never made flank steak. You make it seem easy and like something I could tackle. It looks yummy.

  4. Carole says:

    What a great deal on flank steak. And you wraps – they look fantastic, even at 6:30 in the morning.

  5. Oh wow, oh wow…sooo delish looking! I love corn salsa salads! I’ve always been intimidated to try cooking my own flank steak, but maybe I’ll pick one up at the grocery store next week?? Great post!

  6. foodcreate says:

    Tasteful! I love flank steak>grand Idea for any time of the day.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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  7. Teanna says:

    Those pictures are GORGEOUS! Especially that first one! WOW! The colors are outstanding!

  8. Reeni says:

    Your flank steak looks so delicious! What a great idea to make lettuce wraps. I bet their great with the grilled corn salad!

  9. Amy says:

    Flank Steak is so versatile and luckily cheap…congrats on the great deal! I love the idea of using lettuce as the wrap, definitely would leave me feeling less heavy than using a flour tortilla.

    It’s settled, I’m making these tomorrow!

  10. Christina says:

    Wow, those look killer good! Tasty!

  11. Awesome wraps – love all the yummy summer ingredients!

  12. Debi says:

    I love grilled corn relish. – I might add a little jalepeno hot sauce; we like spicy in our house :)Great dish for a warm summer night!

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh you have my mouth watering looking at these pictures.

  14. sara says:

    these wraps won over my boyfriend’s stomach.. he LOVED them sooo much he can’t stop raving about it

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