Who said that you cannot eat Mexican tacos on keto? If you’ve just followed the ketogenic diet recently, this keto tacos recipe will make your Taco Tuesday awesome again!
In this particular keto taco shells, I used cheddar cheese to make the tortillas. Compared to the regular corn tortillas, this alternative creates almost no carb tacos.
For toppings, I cooked ground beef and bacon then add cubed avocado, tomato, onion, lettuce and mayonnaise or sour cream (optional) on the taco.
You can make square cheese shells and serve the topping on the top like the photo below.
You can make crunchy taco cups or bend the shells to make it look exactly like the taco shells.
For more flavors, you can add fresh or pickled jalapeno slices and coriander leaves. Once you make the taco shells, you can also serve several different tacos by switching out the fillings (as long as you keep it low-carb).
You can also use chicken meat as topping, blend avocado with lime juice, sour cream and salt to make the sauce, and use Mexican cheese for the shell like in this photo (shared by itsBrittanybihh_).
How to Make Low Carb Tacos
There are 2 main steps when making low carb tacos: the tortilla and the meat filling.
How to Make Taco Fillings
First, cook the meat: In a hot pan over medium high-heat, add oil in then saute onion and garlic for a minute. After that, add ground beef in and brown it for 5-7 minutes until cooked. Add salt and pepper as well as taco seasoning to taste. Stirring occasionally. Once cooked, remove and set aside.
In the meantime, we prepare the toppings: Fry or bake 1 slice of bacon until it’s crispy then cut it into small bits. Chop fresh onion, tomato, and avocado into small cubes as well.
How to Make Cheese Taco Shells
You can cook cheese tacos in a frying pan on the stove or bake them on parchment paper in the oven. Check my recipes for beef taquitos and chicken taquitos to learn how to make soft taco shells using both cooking methods.
For this cheese shell taco recipe, I will be using a skillet.
In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, add cheese in. Once it’s melted and become golden at the bottom, flip it carefully and cook the top side until they’re brown.
Once the cheese is crispy and golden on both sides, remove and shape it into a taco shape while it’s still warm and bendable. You can use your hand to shape it, or any kitchen tool you have.
Finally, add the cooked ground beef fillings and the prepared toppings on. You can add mayonnaise, guacamole, sour cream or any low carb sauce you like. You can also add a few slices of jalapenos to make it spicy. Enjoy!
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Low Carb Keto Tacos with Cheese Shells
For cheese shells
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic, sprinkle with taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Add the meat then cook gently for 5 minutes, or until browned. Stirring occasionally.
- Spray 8-inch (20 cm) non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat and add bacon until it’s cooked and remove from heat. Chop it into small crispy bacon bits for topping.
- Cut onion, tomato, and avocado into small pieces for topping.
- Spray 8-inch (20 cm) non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat and add the cheese, when the cheese is completely cooked at the bottom, you can now flip it carefully and fry the opposite side until they’re brown. You can also bake the cheese in the oven as well instead of frying it.
- Next, remove cheese from heat and put on a plate. If you want to make the taco shell shape, bend the cheese carefully while it’s still warm, soft and moldable. As the cheese cools down, the shell will become hardened.
- Place beef, avocado, tomato, purple onion and bacon pieces and sprinkle with chilli pepper and salt. You can add mayonnaise and sour cream as well.
Are tacos keto friendly?
Traditional tacos with corn or flour tortillas are not keto-friendly due to their high carb content. However, using lettuce wraps or low-carb tortillas can make them suitable for a keto diet. See my low carb recipes for flaxseed tortillas, zucchini tortillas and cauliflower tortillas to learn how to make them.
How many carbs are in a taco?
The number of carbs in a taco varies based on its ingredients and size. A typical hard-shell corn taco can have around 10-15 grams of carbs, while the fillings can add more. A typical taco from fast food stores contains around 20 grams of carbs. (*)
Are low carb Street Taco Tortillas keto-approved?
Low carb Street Taco Tortillas by La Banderita Carb Counter® is more keto-friendly than traditional tortillas due to their reduced carb content. It has almost zero net carb per serving. When buying zero carb tortillas from different brands, make sure to read the ingredients to see if it fits your diet.