Beef Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Jalapeños

by Erica Dinho on September 24, 2013

Beef Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Jalapeños

The theme for this months Creative Cooking Crew challenge was: Pickle it! We had to pickle an ingredient and incorporate it in a complete dish.

Beef Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Jalapeños

I decided to pickle one of my favorite Latin ingredients, Jalapeños!And for the complete dish, I made Beef Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Jalapeños.

I love this dish because it is very versatile and flavorful. You can make it with shrimp, chicken, turkey, crab meat, fish or even tofu for a vegetarian version.

Beef Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Jalapeños

Don’t forget to check the list of all the recipes from the other bloggers on Foodalogue on September 30th!


Buen provecho!



    For the Pickled Jalapeños

  • 8 large Jalapenos, sliced
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Pickled Jalapenos Peppers

For the Beef Wraps:
6 leaves iceberg Lettuce
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup grated carrots
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Diced avocado for serving
Red onion, sliced for serving
Grape tomatoes, quarter for serving

How to Pickled Jalapenos Peppers


  1. To pickle de jalapeños: In a small pot place the water, vinegar, sugar and salt.
  2. How to Pickled Jalapenos Peppers

  3. Bring to a boil and add the jalapeños. Remove the from the stove and set a side for about 10 minutes.
  4. lace the jalapenos and liquid into a jar. Let them cool at room temperature.
  5. To make the wraps: In a sauce pan heat oil and add the onion, carrots and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Add the cumin and mix well. Add the ground beef and cook until it is cooked through, stirring often.
  7. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped fresh cilantro. Place about 3 tablespoons of the filling in each lettuce and top with the pickled jalapeños, red onion, tomatoes and avocado.
  8. Pickled Jalapenos Peppers

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Juliana September 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

The beef wrap sure sounds and looks mouthwatering…like the pickled jalapenos…they sure give this wrap a nice kick.
Hope you have a great week Erica :D


2 Belinda @zomppa September 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I love lettuce wraps – always so refreshing!


3 Shannon September 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

those look absolutely delicious. I’ve got a ton of peppers from my csa, and now I know what to do with them!


4 Velva September 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM

This looks great! I have been pickling all summer and I have a ton of jalapeños. This really got my attention.



5 Joan Nova September 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Looks delicious Erica — I’m a big fan of lettuce wraps and I think pickled jalapenos are a great accompaniment (and the avocado too!)


6 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Love lettuce wraps! This looks so delectable.


7 Jeannie Tay September 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

I love eating the pickled jalapeno with noodles, great idea to use on wraps too!


8 grace September 26, 2013 at 4:29 AM

what a colorful and delicious filling! i’d like to shake the hand of the first person who ever filled a lettuce leaf with goodies. :)


9 Joanne September 26, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I have a jar of pickled jalapenos in the fridge and I’m thinking lettuce wraps is definitely going to be how I use them up! So impressed that you pickled them yourself!


10 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz September 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

These wraps look delicious and I love your pickled jalapeno. I do not eat them often so I usually loose the extra ones I have. Now I can preserve them.


11 Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Hot and spicy and great pictures.


12 Victoria September 30, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Great minds think alike! I pickled jalapenos as well. These wraps are a great way to feature them!


13 christo September 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Pickled jalapeños always remind me of being a teenager in New Mexico going to this place called Chelsea Pub and ordering iced tea and nachos with extra jalapeños – we felt so grown up


14 deana September 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

When I had a vegetable garden, making pickled jalapenos was one of my favorite things… then I would have plenty to eat all year long on EVERYTHING because they were so good. I always pickled the whole pepper and never tried slicing it… lovely idea and they look marvelous with the lettuce wraps.


15 Lori Lynn October 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Wow Erica! Such beautiful colorful tasty spicy wraps! I want one right now! Great idea to pickle jalapenos for the CCC pickle event…
Lori Lynn


16 Maureen C. Berry October 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Those wraps look delicious. I should know better than to cruise the CCC round-up during lunchtime! The photos are bursting with color-so fresh. Nicely done.


17 Chris October 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I really like the quick pickling technique, I’ll be using that for other things too.


18 Jenn and Seth October 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

your wraps look fantastic and I love the pickled jalapenos! such a tasty dish and looks so wonderfully colorful!


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