These keto tacos are made with seasoned beef and filled in either low carb tortillas or cheese taco shells! Ready in just TEN minutes, they have less than 2 grams net carbs per serving!
If I can have dinner whipped up and on the table in less than ten minutes, I’m a happy camper.
Since starting a keto diet, I’ve been fortunate to have a list of dinner ideas that are easy, delicious, and require barely any prep. However, having a family where most members don’t follow the same diet can be a little tricky.
Are tacos allowed on a keto diet?
Why this keto taco recipe will be a weeknight dinner staple-
- 10 minutes. From prep to plate, this entire recipe takes just ten minutes.
- Easy to make ahead. This is the meal you can prep ahead and freeze leftovers. Also, like a good chili or stew, it tastes better after it sits for a day or two.
- Almost zero carbs. When made correctly, this dish has barely any carbs!
What I love about this dish is just how much it tastes like actual tacos. People assume that just because it’s lower in carbs, it must sacrifice the flavor. This is not the case, and even my non-keto friends love it. Serve it with extra guacamole and a hefty dose of salsa, it’s the epitome of comfort food.
How do you make keto tacos?
- Ground beef– Learn ground beef is preferred, as it doesn’t yield excess fat. If you use ground beef with higher amounts of fat, drain the excess liquid before adding the taco seasoning and water.
- Oil– Vegetable oil or any oil that has a high smoke point when cooking.
- Taco seasoning and water- Skip the sugar laden store bought ones and use a homemade taco seasoning.
- Taco fillings– Lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, salsa, and guacamole.
- Tortillas or taco shells– I enjoy using keto tortillas or keto taco shells. You can also use cauliflower tortillas.
In a large skillet, add the oil and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add the ground beef and break it apart using a rubber spatula. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the taco seasoning and water and stir until combined, before removing it from the heat.
- Ground meat– Ground turkey, ground chicken, or even ground pork are fantastic options.
- Seafood– Grilled shrimp, grilled fish (like Mahi Mahi) and salmon.
- Vegetable fillings– Grilled onions, peppers, and even eggplant.
- Spices– For a spicier kick, add some cayenne pepper or some smoked paprika.
Storing, freezing, and reheating tips
- To store: leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days.
- To freeze: Place the cooled taco meat into an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Reheating: Microwave for 30-40 second spurts or stovetop until warm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
These tacos are similar to traditional tacos, but with low carb alternatives. This is mostly referring to the taco vehicle, in which low carb tacos would use keto tortillas and keto taco shells.
Beef tacos, provided they are made correctly, are keto friendly. This recipe has just 2 grams net carbs per serving.
Traditional street tacos are not keto friendly, as their tortillas are made with corn and the filling uses a sauces that have added sugar.
Keto Tacos (ZERO carbs!)
- Lay out the tortillas or taco shells and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Once hot, add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it apart. Add the keto taco seasoning, along with 1 tablespoon of water, and stir until combined. Remove from the heat.
- Fill the tortillas with the ground beef mixture, iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a sprinkle of cheese.