There’s no denying that everybody loves tacos. Whether it’s taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo, game night, or just another ordinary weeknight, warm, cheesy, beefy tacos make any mini get-together or solitary dinner much more pleasant.
But while they’re appetizingly delicious, tacos are not ideal dishes for a keto diet. High on carbs, they can easily push you out of ketosis. Does this mean you have to miss out on Taco Tuesdays, week after week? Not at all. With the right recipes–that we’ve curated below–you can munch on your favorite tacos without breaking your keto diet.
Are Tacos Keto?
The answer depends on the kind of taco. Traditional tacos aren’t quite keto-healthy. An average beef soft taco contains 19.5g of carbs and just 10.2g of fat for a total of 217 calories which makes it carb-heavy, and hence not suitable for keto dieters.
But where there’s a will, there’s a taco.
What topples the carb meter in a taco is the corn tortilla shell. So, with just a few alterations and ingredient swaps, you can make tacos that are low on carbs, keto-friendly and so delectably good, that you’ll want to extend taco Tuesdays to taco Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Keto Taco Recipes
After scouring the depths of the internet, we’ve curated a list of 13 easy to make and delicious taco recipes that are stuffed with all the flavors of a traditional taco but without a side of extra carbs.
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See also: Low-Carb Tortilla Recipes
1. Keto Cheese Shell Tacos with Beef Filling
This 3-ingredient, gluten-free, and low-carb keto taco is a filling, delicious, and crunchy alternative to regular tacos. The outer shell–made with mozzarella, coconut flour, and psyllium powder–tastes and feels just like a traditional corn tortilla shell, but with a fraction of the carbs.
Each serving contains 3.3g of carbs, 8g of protein, and 6.3g of fat for a total of 103 calories.
Get the full recipe for Keto Cheese Shell Tacos with Beef Filling here
(Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 7 mins)
2. Keto Breakfast Tacos in a Bacon Shell
This keto taco weaves together bacon strips to form a crackling crunchy, meaty taco shell. It is then stuffed with eggs, avocado, Pico de gallo to form a delicious breakfast taco that you would want to wake up to.
Each serving contains 15g of carbs, 20g of proteins, and 63g of fat for a total of 390 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto breakfast tacos in bacon shell here
(Prep time: 10mins, cook time: 38 mins)
3. Keto Cauliflower Tacos with Lamb Filling
Cauliflower taco shells are stuffed with slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone tender lamb and topped off with zingy radishes and cilantro in this lip-smackingly delicious keto taco.
Each serving contains 11.85g of carbs, 57g of protein, and 26g of fat for a total of 573 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto cauliflower tacos with lamb filling here
(Prep time: 20 mins, Cook time: 3 hrs)
4. Keto Street Tacos
These keto street tacos with crunchy romaine lettuce shells are quick and easy to make and healthily delicious. The steak browned in butter and then topped off with pungent bites of onion and tarty tomatoes, makes for warm, meaty, and flavor-packed filling.
Each serving contains 4g of carbs, 37g of protein, and 8g of fat for a total of 251 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto street tacos here
(Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 30 mins)
5. Keto Fish Tacos with Bang Bang Sauce
Fresh, spicy, and crunchy, these keto fish tacos are an absolute treat for the taste buds. With flash-fried fish, nestled in low-carb shells and then topped off with sour cream and apple cider bang bang sauce, these keto fish tacos are perfect to upgrade your regular taco Tuesday to a fancy dinner party.
Each serving contains 8g of carbs, 19g of protein, and 24g of fat for a total of 319 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto fish tacos with bang bang sauce here
(Prep time: 30 mins, Cook time: 30 mins)
See also: Keto Queso Cheese Dip Recipes
6. Keto Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Tacos
These tacos switch regular corn tortillas for cheesy jalapeno, bacon, and Mexican blend cheese shells. The cheese melts and toasts up nicely to form crispy shells and the bits of jalapeno and bacon add a hit of spice and meaty crackle. These keto taco shells are perfect to stuff up with any filling that you like – as long as it’s not too carb-heavy.
Each serving contains 0.4g of carbs, 4.2g of protein, and 5.3g of fat for a total of 66 calories
Get the full recipe for keto jalapeno bacon cheese tacos here
(Prep time: 5 mins, Cook time: 10 mins)
7. Naked Chicken Tacos
Tender chicken breast, coated in pork rinds and cheese, fried to a crispy golden brown and stuffed with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa – this keto taco is as delicious as it sounds.
Each serving contains 1g of carbs, 49g of protein, and 17g of fat for a total of 371 calories.
Get the full recipe for Naked Chicken Tacos here
(Prep time: 15 mins, Cook time: 10 mins)
8. Zucchini Taco Shells
Herby, fresh, and cheesy, these zucchini and cheese taco shells are easy to make, keto-friendly, and gluten-free alternatives to store-bought corn taco shells. Flexible, pliable, and easy to roll, they’re perfect for anyone who enjoys soft-shelled tacos.
Each serving contains 1.6g of carbs, 3.9g of protein, and 3.2g of fat for a total of 55 calories.
Get the full recipe for zucchini taco shells here
(Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 15 mins)
9. Keto Chipotle Shrimp Taco Cups
These keto chipotle shrimp taco cups are a perfect combo of taco and shrimp cocktail goodness. Spicy, creamy, and absolutely moreish, they make perfect bite-sized appetizers for a party or outdoor lunch.
Each serving (4 taco cups) contains 6.4g of net carbs, 11g of protein, and 12g of fat for a total of 185 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto chipotle shrimp taco cups here
(Prep time: 15 mins, Cook time: 10 mins)
See also: Keto Ground Beef Recipes
10. Keto Steak Tacos on Pork Rind Tortillas
Pork rinds have 0 carbs in them and hence make perfect keto taco shells. Stuffed with tender, cooked to your liking steak, these keto tacos are meaty, filling and undeniably delicious.
Each serving contains 1g of carbs, 7g of protein, and 7g of fat for a total of 97 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto steak tacos on pork rind tortillas here
(Prep time: 2 mins, Cook time: 10 mins)
11. Low Carb Vegan Tacos with Crema and Tajin Cucumber
If you’re looking for a vegan and low-carb taco option, then these tacos are perfect for you. Made with lettuce leaf shell, filled with grilled bell peppers, onions, and portobello mushrooms, topped off with cashew crema, and served along with a tajin cucumber salad, these vegan tacos are great for a weeknight quick-fix dinner.
Each serving contains 12.9g of carbs, 6.7g of protein, and 14.9g of fat for a total of 220 calories.
Get the full recipe for low carb vegan tacos here
(Prep time: 25 mins, Cook time: 25 mins)
12. One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet
Up your taco game with this easy-to-make, veggie-packed, cheesy-meaty taco skillet. Ground beef and veggies are seasoned with heaps of taco seasoning, cooked until soft-tender, topped off with cheese, and then served in a lettuce bowl to make this hearty, low-carb, savory and cheesy taco riff off.
Each serving contains 9g of carbs, 30g of protein, and 20g of fat for a total of 341 calories.
Get the full recipe for one-pot cheesy taco skillet here
(Prep time: 5 mins, Cook time 15 mins)
13. Keto Taco Seasoning
Store-bought taco seasoning can often be stuffed with ingredients that are not keto compliant like sugar, corn-starch, and maltodextrin. But with this homemade keto taco seasoning, that takes less than 5 minutes to make, you can be rest assured of not breaking your keto diet and also alter the ingredients to suit your taste and liking.
Each serving (1 tbsp) contains 1.1g of net carbs, 0.5g of protein, and 0.5g of fat for a total of 12 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto taco seasoning here
(Prep time: 5 mins)
See also: Keto Jalapeno Poppers Recipes
Final Thoughts on Keto Taco Recipes
The keto diet does require a strict change in eating habits. But this does not mean that you have to miss out on the good things in life. With these 13 easy, keto-friendly, and delicious recipes, indulge in every taco Tuesday without the guilt of torpedoing your keto diet.