I never met a taco I didn’t like – Mahi, shrimp, beef. I love them all. I also love experimenting with taco seasonings, and while I don’t live a keto lifestyle, I can’t get enough of keto taco seasoning! In the first place, it’s low carb, and secondly, it’s gluten-free so that anyone can indulge. (And so is my keto, low carb keto guacamole.)
With that said, I am a bonafide fan of many gluten-free, keto, and low-carb products, recipes, and supplements, and I incorporate them almost daily in my diet. I’ll be sharing some of these in future low carb keto posts, but for now, I’m sharing a seasoning recipe that will beat any store-bought, lower carb taco seasoning around. Your ground beef will probably thank you for turning it into the tastiest taco meat in town (no offense, Taco Bell!). And by the way, don’t forget to make a few keto tequila cocktails to go with those tacos!
While I am not a certified recipe developer by any means, I do make a mean chili, and I do know good food. I also enjoy experimenting with spices. Over the years, trying different taco seasoning recipes, as well as store-bought, I’ve concluded that homemade taco seasoning is the best. It’s also fresher than store-bought taco seasoning packets. Lastly, I love that it’s free of any added preservatives.
Homemade seasonings are the freshest.
No, I’m not psychic, but I have a feeling once you try my fresh, homemade low carb keto taco recipe, you’ll march right over to your cabinets for an airtight container to make a large batch to keep on hand instead of using store-bought. I use these, and they fit the bill. Although if you like glass containers, I also have these. It takes almost no time to make, and I’m all about a recipe that is easy to prepare, store, and have ready when needed.
When my kids were little, I remember purchasing a taco seasoning packet from a big name brand, and if I’d known that I could whip up a homemade, carb-conscious recipe back then, I would have. My son says he still loves coming over for my tacos! His official job title is Recipe Rating Taste Tester, and he takes it very seriously. (That, and he loves getting fed for free!)
And by the way, my low carb keto and gluten-free homemade taco seasoning are perfect for a variety of proteins, although I’m partial to meat. And if you’re vegan, just say hello, tofu crumbles!
Keto Taco Seasoning for Perfect Tacos
I’m guessing you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry. I mean, I always have onion powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and of course, chili powder on hand. It’s the same for when I make my keto bolognese sauce – staples like tomato paste, parsley, oregano, and basil, and diced tomatoes are always on hand.
Ok – let’s get to the recipe, and I’m telling you right now – you’ll never see how many calories per serving or any of that nutritional information you might be used to seeing from food bloggers. I told you – I’m not a chef, a nutritionist, or a recipe developer. I’m just a mom, wife, and now a grandma (you can call me Gigi!), who loves to feed her family. I can tell you that this batch of seasoning is per pound of meat.
Keto Taco Seasoning Ingredients:
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt or sea salt
- 1 tsp smoked or regular paprika
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup water or beef broth
Instructions for Keto Taco Seasoning & Ground Beef
- Mix all the spices well. Set aside.
- Take one pound of lean ground beef (or whatever protein you’re using), brown it in a nonstick pan, and when it’s no longer pink, add your taco seasoning (this recipe makes enough for the one pound of beef).
- Add the half cup of water or broth. You can also make a double batch and keep half in an airtight container for future use.)
Now that you’ve got your keto taco seasoning squared away, what are you doing for taco shells?
Depending on how keto you are (carbs, net carbs), you have several options. I love Mama Lupe’s low carb tortillas. They taste like regular tortillas, and they are only three net carbs, and 60 calories per tortilla. Another terrific option is Mission Low Carb Soft Taco Flour Tortillas, which have six net carbs per serving. They are 120 calories, but they are also larger than Mama Lupe’s brand.
Personally, my absolute favorite product for taco shells are Cali’flour flatbreads. I am a brand ambassador for them because I LOVE them. (Best pizza crusts and flatbreads!!) Each flatbread is only 50 calories and TWO net carbs, making it the winner in the low carb taco shell category, that is – unless you go pure keto and make taco cheese shells. If you want to try Cali’flour flatbreads, use GWENLIVESWELL10 for 10% off anything on the site. If you’re going to make cheesy taco shells, this is what I do:
Yummy Taco Cheese Shells
- Get yourself whatever your favorite shredded cheese is – I love Sargento or Kraft brands.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- LIne a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper.
- Lay your shredded cheese in thin circles on the paper – about 1/3 cup of cheese per circle
- Bake for about 10-15 – until it’s a golden brown color.
- Remove when starting to cool with a wide enough spatula and shape them over a taco server like this one. You will need to blot the soon-to-be-taco shells before you drape them over the taco server.
- Once the shells have cooled down (I leave them sitting on the server for an hour), carefully remove them, and then guess what? You can now use the taco server to serve the tacos! Just wipe off the greasy residue left from the drying shells, if needed. You can store in airtight containers if you have left-overs.
Toppings Options for Keto Seasoned Tacos
Anything you want!! Lol! Some options:
- sliced avocado
- diced tomatoes
- shredded lettuce
- shredded cheese
- diced onion
- taco sauce (one of my faves)
- my keto guacamole
- sour cream
At the onset of this post, I mentioned I’m not a professional chef, but I can tell you that you won’t be sorry you tried this seasoning recipe. Yum! Let me know what you think if you do make it.
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