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These Low Carb Tacos Are The Perfect Keto-Friendly Meal Idea

Love tacos but need to watch your carbs? These low-carb tacos are perfect and only have less than 4 net carbs.


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If you’re on a keto diet or are simply looking to reduce your carb intake, then you know it can be difficult to find foods and meal ideas with a low carb count. 

I love tacos, but I’m always trying to find new ways to eat healthier. This is why I’m really excited about this low-carb option for tacos! Not only are these recipes delicious and satisfying, but they’re also healthy and good for you.

Low-carb tacos are a great option for people who want to eat healthy while still being able to enjoy taco Tuesday (any day of the week)!

Low-carb taco recipes are very popular in the keto community because they allow you to indulge without going over your carb limit.

The best part about these keto tacos is that they can be made in under 30 minutes! They are a great option for those who want to eat something fast and healthy and in my opinion, there better than Taco Bell!

To make this dish even quicker to make, I like to make a batch of taco seasoning ahead of time so I’ve included a taco seasoning recipe card in case you’d like to do the same.

 

Low Carb Tacos | Easy Keto Taco Recipe

 

Low Carb Taco Cheese Bowls Ready to Serve

Keto Taco Crisps

These crispy cheddar cheese cups are the perfect solution when you are craving tacos, but don’t want all of the carbs that come with a typical taco. These were inspired by Frico, a classic Italian crispy cheese cracker typically made from baked parmesan. Sub out cheddar cheese and form them over inverted muffin tins and you have a perfect taco holder!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients to Make Low Carb Tacos Including Ground Beef, Tomatoes, Shredded Cheese, Taco Seasoning

Taco Ingredients:

12 T. shredded cheddar cheese

1 t. olive oil

12 oz. ground beef

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 ½ teaspoon chili powder

2-3 T. water

salt and pepper to taste

1 scallion, sliced

1 tomato, seeded and chopped

¼ c. sour cream

1 lime, cut into wedges

 

How to Make Low Carb Taco Bowls 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.

Spoon shredded cheddar cheese onto the prepared baking sheet using 1 tablespoon per mound. Lightly spread out, leaving 2-3 inches between each mound. You will be able to bake 6 at a time on a standard baking sheet.

6 mounds of cheese on sheet pan lined with parchment paper ready to pop in the oven

Bake until the cheese rounds are melted in the center and the edges begin to brown. Set aside to cool for 1-2 minutes but do not let harden.

Melted cheese rounds to make cheese taco bowls or taco shells

Lift melted cheese rounds with a spatula and press on the back of an inverted muffin tin to form cups. The cheese will be very pliable while warm.

Using a muffin tin to form editable bowls for tacos

Allow cheese to cool and firm up before removing from the muffin tins.

Repeat with the next 6 cheese rounds.

Pro tip: Need a yummy appetizer to serve at your next party. Make mini taco cups by adjusting the amount of cheese used for each round and use a mini muffin tin.

How to Make Low Carb Taco Shells

You can use the same process to make low-carb taco shells if you prefer. The process is the same as making taco bowls with cheese. 

All you need to do is take your melted cheese rounds and hang them over a kitchen utensil that is resting on top of two glasses as in the image below.

Alternatively, you can use a flat-handled utensil approximately 1 to 1-1/2 inches to make a square base to create a stand-up taco shell to make it easier to fill with your favorite toppings.

Steps for making cheese taco shells for keto tacos

photo credit Homemade Interest

How to Make Low Carb Tacos

In the meantime, add olive oil to a medium skillet. Heat over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is nicely browned, 5-6 minutes. Drain any excess fat.

Ground beef in skillet to use as taco meat filling

Add cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and 2 tablespoons of water; season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, just until the spices become fragrant, and the meat is nice and juicy.

If necessary, add an additional tablespoon of water to obtain the proper consistency.

Chopping tomatoes to add to tacos

Chop your tomatoes, scallions, and any other veggies you’d like to add to your tacos while your ground beef is simmering.

Completed taco bowl surrounded by ingredients used in tacos

Fill taco cups with taco beef, chopped tomato, scallion, and a teaspoon of sour cream per cup. Squeeze in some lime juice over the top and enjoy!

 

Nutritional Information: *

Calories:  332

Fat: 298g

Protein: 14.3g

Carbs/Serving:

Total Carbs: 4.9g
Fiber: 1.2g
Net Carbs: 3.7g

*Source: HappyForks.com recipe analyzer.

Nutritional information is provided for entertainment purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Three taco bowls styled with a lime on a kitchen counter

 

Low Carb Taco Cheese Bowls Ready to Serve

Low Carb Tacos | Easy Keto Taco Recipe

These crispy cheddar cheese cups are the perfect solution when you are craving tacos, but don’t want all of the carbs that come with a typical taco.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 12 T. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • 12 oz. ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2-3 T. water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 scallion sliced
  • 1 to mato seeded and chopped
  • ¼ c. sour cream
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  • Spoon shredded cheddar cheese onto the prepared baking sheet using 1 tablespoon per mound. Lightly spread out, leaving 2-3 inches between each mound. You will be able to bake 6 at a time on a standard baking sheet.
  • Bake until the cheese rounds are melted in the center and the edges begin to brown. Set aside to cool for 1-2 minutes but do not let harden.
  • Lift melted cheese rounds with a spatula and press on the back of an inverted muffin tin to form cups. The cheese will be very pliable while warm.
  • Allow cheese to cool and firm up before removing from the muffin tins.
  • Repeat with next 6 cheese rounds.
  • In the meantime, add olive oil to a medium skillet. Heat over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is nicely browned, 5-6 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and 2 tablespoons of water; season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes, just until the spices become fragrant, and the meat is nice and juicy. If necessary, add an additional tablespoon of water to obtain proper consistency.
  • Fill taco cups with taco beef, chopped tomato, scallion, and a teaspoon of sour cream per cup. Squeeze in some lime juice over the top and enjoy

Taco Seasoning Recipe to Batch Prep

As mentioned earlier, you can batch prep taco seasoning ahead of time to make this low-carb taco recipe even quicker. Add 5 – 6 teaspoons to each pound of meat along with 2 teaspoons of water to season ground beef or shredded chicken to make chicken tacos.

I like to store some of this seasoning in a shaker container to add a bit of flavor to other meals as well. 

This recipe makes approximately 28 oz of seasoning mix but can easily be doubled, tripled, or cut in half to make as much or as little as you want.

Taco Seasoning Batch Recipe

This recipe can be used to batch prep taco seasoning to save time and use on multiple meals to give it more flavor.
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 28 ounces

Ingredients
  

  • 12 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 9 teaspoons chili powder

Instructions
 

  • Simply combine all ingredients to make your own homemade taco seasoning. Place in an air tight jar or shaker container to use when needed.

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