lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken and grilled pineapple salsa




I did a variation of my favourite lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken, and knocked up a delicious spicy grilled pineapple salsa to go with them. So easy, so delicious and really quite a lot healthier than tacos with a tortilla. Also way more crunchy.

I wanted to come up with a few new ideas with pineapples (I had a few extra after a shoot), so in addition to the pineapple carpaccio and frozen pineapple daiquiri’s I made these wraps.


Grilling pineapple changes it flavour, and the caramelisation of the sugars takes the acidic edge off. I find it mellows it out. I like a bit of chilli in my salsa, so despite the chicken having chipotle, I wanted more. As with all things heat related, just moderate it according to your preference or leave it out entirely.

This is a wonderful sharing meal. Put all the elements on a table and let people scoop the chicken and salsa onto their own lettuce leaves. I like to use gem lettuce, they make the perfect boat shape to fill and don’t tear too easily. Use baby gems if you want to serve these as a starter or a tapas.

To get the recipe to make the chicken and chipotle part, click here.

This salsa can be made in advance or the day before.

lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken and grilled pineapple salsa


  • 1 pineapple, sliced lengthways
  • 2 red peppers, finely diced
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1-2 pickled jalapeño, very finely chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • extra lime wedges for serving


  1. Heat and griddle pan until very hot.
  2. Slice the pineapple lengthways into thick slices around the core. Discard the core.
  3. Grill the slices on both sides until they start turning a golden brown. Set aside to cool. Chop into small dice and add then to a bowl with all the other ingredients. Season.
  4. Spritz with extra lime wedges as desired.


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16 Responses to lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken and grilled pineapple salsa

  1. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} February 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    These are so bright and colorful! The photos are absolutely amazing!

  2. Maria February 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Will definitely be trying this. Looks delicious. Where do you buy your chipotle in adobo sauce?
    PS. Just wondering. Why do you call it cilantro and not coriander?

  3. Sam February 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Hi Maria, you can buy the Mexicorn chipotle in adobo at a few Spar’s in Cape Town. Sea Point Spar definitely has it.

    I use cilantro or coriander. In the USA they refer to it as cilantro, so I often think in American food terms as my blog has such a large American readership.

  4. Sam February 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Thanks Heather 😉

  5. Maria February 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Thanks Sam. I’m in JHB so will look at the Spars around here.

  6. Meg' February 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! These sound absolutely divine! WIth the warmer weather this weekend I just may make these spicy lettuce wraps!

  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    I love anything with chipotle, what tasty tacos. And that grilled pineapple salsa would be good on anything!

  8. Donna at NothingChocolate February 13, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    I love visiting your blog. Your images are superb! Such great eye-tasting!

  9. Meghan February 13, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    You have such bold tastes in the kitchen and a wonderful sense of palette. Your posts absolutely stunning, in both photo and recipe. Even as a vegan, I’m able to appreciate everything you share with us, from chipotle chicken to chocolate chip cookies.

  10. Sam February 13, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Hi Meghan, of gosh, thanks for those very kind words. So glad you enjoy them, and as a vegan. Im mad about veggies so I do loads of vegetable recipes. Got a stunning vegan sorbet coming next week or the following. x ps – have you seen this ice cream? it’s my ultimate vegan creamy treat:http://drizzleanddip.com/2012/02/24/coconut-and-lime-ice-cream – enjoy!

  11. Sam February 13, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Thanks Donna – glad you enjoy 🙂

  12. Sam February 13, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Laura, I put some of the salsa on ham pizzas and it was delicious.

  13. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 13, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I am a huge fan of lettuce tacos, served with chipotle flavored chicken. Nice touch of grilled pineapple salsa, Sam. So summery 🙂


  14. Christy July 13, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    I made these for dinner… Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  15. Sam July 13, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Im so pleased to hear Christy 🙂


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