Although tacos may seem like a totally non-keto friendly option, there are so many ways to enjoy this staple of Mexican cuisine while on a keto diet. We’ve put together a great list of recipes that are guaranteed to help satisfied your taco cravings, from delicious low carb tortilla recipes to protein fuelled fillings.
Whether you’re in search of a hard or soft-shelled keto-friendly taco, this list has you covered. From creative recipes that use protein as the taco shell or low carb twists on how to make your taco filling pop, you’ll soon be throwing Mexican fiestas at your house every week.
And if it’s flavor but not the tortilla you’re looking for, we’ve even thrown a few “taco-inspired dishes on the list from taco casseroles to even taco deviled eggs!
Ingredients: coconut oil, coconut flour, golden flax meal, unsweetened almond milk, eggs, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, ground beef, organic taco seasoning mix, chipotle powder, sea salt, mayonnaise, tomato, avocado, cheese of choice.
These delicious low carb burgers have all the flavors of tacos all rolled into one and make a great alternative for taco night! Although this recipe uses dairy for the burger buns, dairy free options are listed so it would be easy to make this for someone with dairy issues. Instead of ground turkey which is more easily digested and gives you a totally different flavor.
Ingredients: ground turkey, cauliflower, jalapeno, red peppers, onion, cumin, parsley, turmeric, garlic, oregano, cheddar cheese, sour cream.
Mexican cuisine is all focused on fresh and tasty ingredients and spices, so you can imagine low mouth-watering this taco casserole is going to taste!
Ingredients: ground beef, taco seasoning, onion, eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, mixed bell peppers, black olives, sour cream, salsa.
Egg muffins can be a great source of energy for breakfast, getting your body off to a great start in the morning, so these delicious taco muffins could become a favorite.
Ingredients: ground pork, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cumin, ground pepper, salsa, lettuce leaves, green/red peppers, avocado, onions.
I just love lettuce wraps as they make food much easier to serve and are great for kids! These paleo pork tacos are pocked with color and flavor, especially if you add your own toppings like chopped bell peppers and avocado. You can also add in some hot sauce when you are cooking the meat to give them a bit of a kick, and a squeeze of lime finishes it off really well.
Ingredients: skirt steak or flank steak, sea salt, black pepper, lime juice, cumin, romaine lettuce cups.
This is another great paleo recipe which lets you use a cheaper cut of meat which will tenderize once it is cooked the steak can be sliced or pulled and served in lettuce wraps with a range of toppings. I like to serve such ingredients as sliced avocado, finely sliced red onion and chopped scallions, then you can let guests construct their own tacos.
Hidden River Taco Meat
Ingredients: coconut oil, lamb liver, ground beef, red onion, ground ginger, cilantro, sea salt, pumpkin puree, bone broth.
Even through we know the health benefits of eating organ meats, it can be really difficult to get the whole family eating them as kids especially can be picky. So this is a really helpful AIP recipe for low carb taco meat that has lamb’s liver hidden inside.
Ingredients: kosher salt, paprika, ground cumin, dried oregno, chipotle powder, water, boneless, yellow mustard, lard.
If you are used to using ground beef or pork for your taco meat then you will love this different slant on a low carb alternative. It is mad ewith pulled lamb that has been cooked slowly and spiced with some of the seasonings we expect with Mexican tacos.
Ingredients: chili powder, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, coriander, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, red pepper, ground beef, tomato paste.
With only three grams of carbs in every serving, this great recipe lets you still enjoy taco night with all the flavors and textures you expect, but without breaking the carb bank!
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, water, olive oil, green onions, yellow onion, ground beef, cumin, onion powder, dried oregano flakes, sea salt, garlic powder, black olives, avocado cream.
I really like the idea of serving foods in shells or boats as they can make a simple meal look amazing on the dinner table. This recipe gives you a heart warming meal with all the flavors of the spices and the beef.
Ingredients: tilapia, coconut flour, garlic powder, salt, cumin powder, pepper, coconut oil, mayo, lime juice, dried oregano, cumin powder, chili pepper, lettuce leaves, salsa, cilantro, slices of lime.
In this delicious recipes for paleo fish tacos you get the tender fish in a crunchy coating and served in lettuce wraps with white sauce and salsa.
Ingredients: organic red chili powder, organic paprika powder, organic ground cumin powder, organic ground coriander powder, organic oregano leaf, organic garlic powder, organic onion powder, organic sea salt.
With all the traditional flavors of garlic, cumin and paprika that we associate with tacos, this homemade spice blend can be made clean and cheap, letting you relax in the knowledge that you are feeding your family healthy food.
Ingredients: grated/shredded cheese of choice.
Next time you want to have tacos stuffed with spiced meats, guacamole and salsa, why not try making these crunchy cheesy taco shells!
When you are following a low carb diet it can be difficult to find replacement for things like tacos, so this idea will come in very handy!
Ingredients: grass fed ground beef, homemade taco seasoning, romaine lettuce, bell pepper, green onion, cheddar cheese, cilantro, avocado, tomato, chipotle in adobe, jalapeno, ranch dressing.
Here is another great keto taco salad that is grain and gluten free and can be served as a main course as it provides both protein and a helping of healthy fats to satisfy any hunger pangs but still keeping the carbs reasonably low. This recipe does contain dairy so shouldn’t be eaten too often, but it makes a lovely tasty midweek family meal.
Ingredients: ground pork, ground chicken or turkey, Italian eggplants, ghee, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower rice, garlic cloves, shallot, ginger, scallions, chili pepper flakes, sesame oil, tomato paste, coconut aminos, Red Boat fish sauce, balsamic vinegar, chicken or vegetable stock, ground black pepper, ginger.
With its roots in Asian cuisine, this taco dish has all the flavors expected, from garlic and ginger to fish sauce, giving that wonderful umami taste that has become so popular recently. Even if you are not a good cook, the video steps on this site make it easy for anyone to follow, so don’t be put off! Serve this paleo taco meat and sauce over cauliflower rice for a great lunch or dinner.
Ingredients: ground grass fed beef, paleo taco seasoning, water, paleo jalapeno salsa, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, cilantro, avocado.
Although this paleo taco salad has all the spices associated with Mexican taco meat, it can be a light dish to serve for lunch even on the warmer days. You can skip the cayenne if you are not too keen on hot spices, although it gives the salad a lovely kick. This is another recipe that is adaptable as you can use any ground meat you have.
Ingredients: ground beef, romaine hearts, avocado, cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, red onion, ground cumin, salt, pepper, cilantro lime vinaigrette.
Like many other taco salads, this one only takes a few minutes to put together but gives you a tasty and satisfying dish to feed the family. You can add in your own homemade keto taco seasoning if you like and serve it with guacamole or salsa, and instead of mixing the shredded lettuce through the salad you could use them as wraps to make this salad easy to eat.
Ingredients: ground beef, onion, taco spice, homemade guacamole, fresh spinach leaves, roma tomatoes, jalapenos, nopalitos, almonds, cilantro leaves, lime.
In this simple but authentic Mexican taco salad you are using nopalitos which are common in Mexican cuisine but may not be available where you live. So you might wat to use green beans instead, which, although they are legumes, are lower in carbohydrates and are suitable for low carb diets. If anyone in the family has a nut allergy you can omit the slivered almonds as they are only there to add texture.
Ingredients: onion, green/red pepper, ground beef, salt, pepper, salsa, avocado slices, tomatoes.
Mexican cuisine is all about the flavors and the freshness of the ingredients and this amazing paleo taco bowl shows just how we can achieve this without much effort. You can use ground beef or chicken, turkey or pork depending on what you have and the heat can be adjusted by using a mild salsa for those who don’t like spice. This makes a great sharing paltter for a family lunch.
Ingredients: Butternut squash, olive oil, red onion, lean ground beef, dried oregano, dried parsley, dried chives, garlic powder, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, beef tallow, leek, coconut cream, this cilantro, garlic cloves.
This AIP recipe gives you a dish of spices meat and squash which you can top with the cilantro cream or any other taco toppings you like. Because you are adding the squash it makes this dish go further, so this would be a cheaper family meal or perfect for students on a budget. If you do not tolerate coconut you can skip the cilantro cream or top the dish with AIP guacamole instead.
Ingredients: ground beef, taco seasoning, romaine lettuce, red bell peppers, avocado, black olives, pico de gallo, pumpkin seeds, guacamole, dairy free ranch dressing.
Here is another versatile recipe for paleo taco salad which lets you enjoy even the ranch dressing because it is completely dairy free but still has the creamy texture we are used to. You can also use whatever ground meat you have as the seasoning works with beef, turkey or pork. This salad can be served on lettuce leaves or crispy cheesy taco shells, or just as it is!