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Sometimes simpler recipes are those that steal our hearts. These Fresh Southwestern Lettuce Wraps might be one of those with their amazing flavors and unpretentious presentation. We can guarantee that you will be amazed by the deliciousness of the bean mix, the creaminess of the avocado, and the spiciness of the hot sauce. Let’s dive in and learn how to whip up these wraps in no time!

Two large lettuce leaves on a white plate filled with vegan southwestern filling.
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Secret Ingredient

When thinking of Southwestern Lettuce Wraps you wouldn’t necessarily assume you need plant-based butter, and you don’t but, we have discovered it gives these amazing wraps a deliciously rich flavor and we are loving it! If you rather skip it, just replace it with olive oil but if you’re curious then we encourage you to try it. We used Flora Plant Butter and it turned out perfect.

No Tortilla, No Problem

One of the reasons we love this Fresh Southwestern Lettuce Wraps is because we get to experience eating a wrap with all the ingredients we love but without a wheat wrap or tortilla. If you are trying to add more veggies to your diet or simply forgot your wraps the last time you went to get groceries, some fresh lettuce leaves can do the trick. Don’t you love this idea?

You can use swiss chard instead if you’re familiar with it. The leaves are a bit rougher so they would be able to hold more filling and are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. Feel free to experiment with other green leaves and let us know how your alternative wraps get on.

Two lettuce wraps filled with a mix of beans and corn and topped with sliced avocado and hot sauce

Lettuce Wrap Filling Swap

If you’re pleasantly intrigued by the replacement of a wrap with fresh greens, then we are happy to report that you can fill them with anything you like! Shall we list a few favorites? Here we go:

Your favorite tofu scramble: if you’re trying to reduce your bread consumption then eating your regular plant-based scramble inside lettuce wraps might be an awesome way to switch it up.
Chickpea “Tuna” Salad: Imagine a fresh green wrap with some deliciously creamy plant-based tuna salad. It is so good!
Breakfast Potatoes: Trust us, it is a fantastic combo. Top with sliced avocado and some hot sauce, heaven.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Fresh Southwestern Lettuce Wraps

4.93 from 26 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
These super Fresh Southwestern Lettuce Wraps are packed with plant-based protein and amazing flavor! You can prepare them in a hurry and enjoy with the whole family!


  • 1 ½ tablespoon of vegan butter
  • ½ of a large red bell pepper diced
  • ½ of a small red onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 15-ounce can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of ½ to 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • ¼ cup of packed fresh minced cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Large lettuce leaves romaine, butter lettuce, etc.
  • Avocado slices optional
  • Hot sauce optional


  • In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the vegan butter. Once heated, add in the bell pepper and red onion and saute for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the veggies become tender.
  • Add in the garlic and corn and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Stir in the lemon juice (start with ½ of the lemon and add more at the end if you’d like a more sour taste), chili powder, cilantro, salt, and black beans.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then serve over large leaves with avocado slices and hot sauce, if using.



Select your favorite lettuce to give these wraps extra crunch.


Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 9gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 626mgPotassium: 533mgFiber: 8gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 687IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Southwestern
Method: Stove
Diet: Vegan
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Toni Okamoto

“They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
‘Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways…
we got to start taking better care of ourselves ” – Dead Prez

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