Low Carb Tacos

30m total
4 servings
Low Carb Tacos | Weight Loss Recipe

    Enjoy the classic flavors of tacos without the carb-heavy tortillas. These low carb tacos use lettuce leaves as a fresh, crunchy alternative to traditional shells, keeping the focus on the savory fillings.

    Servings & Nutrition

    4 servings (approximately 2 tacos per serving)

    Estimated nutritional breakdown:
    • Calories: 120
    • Total Fat: 8g
    • Cholesterol: 35mg
    • Sodium: 150mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
    • Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
    • Sugars: 1g
    • Protein: 10g


    • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey for a leaner option)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tbsp taco seasoning (or a mix of cumin, paprika, chili powder, and salt)
    • 1/2 cup salsa
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Large lettuce leaves (e.g., iceberg, romaine, or butter lettuce)
    • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, coriander, lime wedges


    • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the onion and garlic, sautéing until soft.
    • Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula.
    • Cook until browned and no longer pink.
    • Stir in taco seasoning, salsa, and water.
    • Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly
    • Choose leaves that can hold the filling like a taco shell.
    • Spoon the meat mixture into each lettuce leaf.
    • Top with your choice of cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, and/or coriander.
    • Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.

    Ready to get cooking?

    These low carb tacos are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional tacos, perfect for a quick dinner or a fun, interactive meal with family and friends. Enjoy the flavor without the guilt!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I use a different type of meat?

    Yes, you can use chicken, pork, or even a meat alternative like tofu or tempeh for a vegetarian option.

    How can I store leftovers?

    Store the meat mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Assemble the tacos fresh when ready to eat to keep the lettuce crisp.

    Are these tacos keto-friendly?

    Yes, with only 2g of carbs per taco and no high-carb ingredients, they are suitable for a ketogenic diet.

    Can I add beans or rice?

    While beans and rice are not low-carb, you can add them if you're not strictly following a low-carb diet. Just be aware this will increase the carb content.