Chili Rice Lettuce Cups

Forget the silverware and enjoy some hands-on mealtime fun with these delectable, Mexican-inspired Chili Rice Lettuce Cups made with Success® Brown Rice

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Chili Rice Lettuce Cups

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 40 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 can (15 oz) white kidney beans, drained
  • 16 Boston lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  • Serve these Chili Rice Lettuce Cups at your next gathering and don’t be surprised when they all disappear. Easy to make and fun to eat, these tasty cups are a winning combination.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over high heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking apart with a spoon, for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.

    Step 3

  • Add onions, garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, or until onion is softened. Pour in salsa and bring to a simmer. Stir in beans and prepared rice. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until slightly reduced.

    Step 4

  • Spoon turkey mixture into lettuce cups. Sprinkle with cheese and dollop with sour cream. Garnish with avocado, if using, cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately.

    Recipe Tip

  • Pack the lettuce leaves, rice mixture and garnishes in separate containers for a great lunch to take to work or school.

Lettuce Try these Cups

Looking for something exciting and new to serve at your next dinner party or barbecue? Try this vibrant and delicious recipe for Chili Rice Lettuce Cups made with Success® Brown Rice, and impress every guest at your next gathering! These irresistible little lettuce cups are filled with brown rice, savory turkey, beans, tangy salsa and avocado, and are topped off with a dollop of sour cream and Cheddar cheese. With an amazing blend of flavors and textures, perfectly wrapped up in fresh, crisp lettuce leaves, these cups are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Not only is this recipe delicious and perfect for sharing, it’s also incredibly easy to make. Simply cook the brown rice, brown the ground turkey, add the remaining ingredients to the cooked turkey and simmer. When ready to serve, spoon the warm filling into lettuce cups and top each cup with a dollop of sour cream and a little cheese. Add the finishing touch by garnishing with avocado, cilantro and green onion. Just like that, these cups are ready to serve! Just make sure you grab one (or two) for yourself before they disappear because these tasty bites never last long.

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