Lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken

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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 its 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.chicke-lettuce-tacosThis salsa can be made in advance or the day before.

Lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken and grilled pineapple salsa

Healthier lettuce tacos with chipotle chicken and grilled pineapple salsa
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Lettuce tacos with a spicy pineapple salsa recipe


  • 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 jalapeรฑo very finely chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • extra lime wedges for serving


  • Heat and griddle pan until very hot.
  • Slice the pineapple lengthways into thick slices around the core. Discard the core.
  • 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.
  • Spritz with extra lime wedges as desired.
Author: Sam Linsell

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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. Thanks Heather ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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:https://drizzleanddip.com/2012/02/24/coconut-and-lime-ice-cream – enjoy!

  9. Thanks Donna – glad you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  11. I am a huge fan of lettuce tacos, served with chipotle flavored chicken. Nice touch of grilled pineapple salsa, Sam. So summery ๐Ÿ™‚


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

  13. Im so pleased to hear Christy ๐Ÿ™‚

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