Switching to a low-carb Keto diet does not mean you need to give up your favorite foods. Keep taco night in your weekly dinner rotation, making these delicious low-carb Keto tacos with cheesy taco shells and Keto taco meat, spiced with homemade taco seasoning.
Have you started a new Keto diet and tried to cut out your high-carb favs?
Don't throw your taco holder away just yet – this easy, low-carb taco recipe hits just the right spot to fix all your Mexican food cravings without breaking your diet.
We created this Keto-friendly recipe with taco shells made from grated cheddar in place of corn tortillas because who doesn't love cheese? Simply bake the cheese in the oven, bend it to shape over a spoon, and make your taco meat as usual with our homemade taco spice blend.
Fortunately, most of our favorite taco toppings are naturally low-carb, so go crazy and pile these things as high as they'll go with freshly sliced tomatoes, avocadoes, sour cream, salsa, and even more cheese!
Follow our simple recipe below to make our classic taco recipe with a twist: almost zero carbs.
2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb extra-lean ground beef
2 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning (see the recipe below)
1/4 c. water
Shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce
Grated Monterey Jack cheese
Sour cream or Mexican crema
Fresh lime wedges
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Preheat your own to 350°F, then prepare your Keto cheese tortilla shells.
Line a large-sized baking sheet with a silicone mat or some parchment paper, then place ¼ c. piles of shredded cheddar on the sheet, ~ 2 inches apart from each other. Press the cheese pile lightly down to make one layer.
Once you create and flatten all cheese piles, place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the cheese for 5-7 mins until the cheese piles' edges are golden brown.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cheese cool for 1-2 mins, until firm enough to pick up but still flexible and pliable enough to bend into a taco shell shape. Lift the cheese and place it over the handle of a large wooden spoon balanced over two cups until it takes on that classic taco "U" shape.
Let the Keto taco shells cook thoroughly, then remove them from the spoon. You may want to set up a few spoons so you can bend all the tacos before they cool too much.
Heat a medium-sized, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
Once heated, add your extra-lean ground beef into the skillet, browning until the meat completely cooks through.
Carefully drain the extra grease from the Keto taco meat, then add in the homemade taco seasoning and water. Stir the mixture until the seasoning thoroughly coats the meat, then simmer for 5 mins, until the extra water cooks away.
Place the cooked ground beef in the cheesy Keto taco shells, then top with your favorite taco toppings – shredded lettuce, tomato, sour cream, fresh lime, cilantro, and even more cheese; of course!
Serve and enjoy your carb-free tacos!
Serving Size: 1 taco with no toppings
Calories: 261 kcal
Carbohydrates: 2 g
Protein: 17 g
Fat: 21 g
Saturated Fat: 10 g
Sodium: 360 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 1 g
*The nutritional information is an estimate only and varies with different preparations.
Classic tacos are not at all keto-friendly, which is why we get so excited to experiment and create Keto recipes that allow us to enjoy some of our favorite foods to make our diet feel less "diet-y."
If you want to make sure these are low-carb tacos with Keto taco meat, it’s best to use a homemade taco seasoning. Those little seasoning packets are super handy but contain some non-Keto ingredients like corn starch, cornflour, and sugar. Plus, the premade stuff contains harmful MSG and a load of sodium, which is unhealthy to consume in high quantities.
The low-carb taco seasoning is incredibly easy to prepare and keeps in your spice cupboard for months on end – it's well worth it to make some and keep it on hand for your favorite Keto beef recipes.
The toppings on most tacos are naturally Keto, like tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, avocado, and more. The taco shells cause a big issue, as corn tortillas contain almost exclusively high-carb ingredients. Flour tortillas won't work either, as wheat includes a load of carbs.
Instead of a traditional tortilla, we opted to use the cheese-based taco shells you see in our recipe. The cheesy, low-carb tacos are delicious, but the texture is slightly different from a classic tortilla or hard shell.
If you prefer the soft, pillowy tortilla dough texture, try this simple shell recipe for your no-carb tacos instead. Omit the cheese shell preparation above, and prepare your taco meat the same way as above.
Makes 8 tortillas
If you somehow end up with leftovers at the end of this fantastic meal, store them in the fridge in a sealed, airtight container for up to 4 days.
We don't recommend freezing this recipe once it's cooked, as it loses too much water when it thaws.
We hope these Keto tacos satisfy those Mexican street taco cravings without taking your body out of ketosis!
If you liked this Keto tacos recipe, you may also like our recipe for Keto taco seasoning.
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