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If you’re living a keto or low carb lifestyle then this Keto Taco Bowl with cheese shell is going to be your new favorite meal prep lunch. After I discovered these new cheese wraps at my local grocery store, I couldn’t wait to get home and see what recipes I could create with them. The best part is, these Cheese Wraps are even easier to use than I expected.
How to Make Flavorful Taco Meat
I always try to make my taco meat as flavorful as possible. Here are my tips if you want to make your taco meat extra special.
- I always add sautéed onions & garlic. Occasionally I’ll also add diced red peppers if I happen to have them on hand.
- To keep my taco meat moist, I also like to include 2 tbsp of salsa
- green chilies also work great
- most recently I added chopped pickled jalapenos in my taco meat and they were amazing, I’ll be adding this more often!
How do I make this Taco Bowl Keto Friendly and Low Carb?
In our Keto Taco Bowl, I included 90% lean ground beef (made with green chilies, and taco seasoning), butter lettuce, diced tomatoes, red onions, sliced avocado, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream. We keep this taco bowl keto by using cheese as the shell and omitting ingredients like beans and corn.
Another important ingredient to watch out for are taco seasoning packets which have 20g of hidden carbs. Always use your own spices if you are on a low carb or keto diet.
Important notes: If you are able to have more carbs, I recommend adding black beans and mixing corn into your taco meat. However, for the sake of making this recipe keto, we are going to omit them from the recipe card and ingredients list. I love this Keto Taco Bowl recipe because you can customize it any way you’d like.
Great Alternative Ingredients to Add to Your Keto Taco Bowl
Other great alternative ingredients to include in a low carb keto taco bowl include black olives, cauliflower cilantro lime rice, sautéed or diced red and green peppers, kale salad mix, shredded chicken, grilled steak, and jalapeños.
To keep this Low Carb Keto Taco Bowl as healthy as possible, it’s also important to measure your ingredients. Anytime I meal prep, I scoop everything with measuring spoons and measuring cups. The calories in ingredients such as cheese and sour cream can really add up so it’s best to measure them out, especially if you are watching your calories.
For my cheese bowl, I used the Folio Brand Cheese Wraps. I usually get them in a variety pack since my fiance is obsessed with them. I was truly shocked when I realized how easy it was to make a cheese bowl. It was far less complicated than I thought it would be and it only took 2 minutes. Check out the directions below.
How to make a cheese taco shell bowl using Cheese Wraps
Each cheese wrap comes on wax paper, place the cheese with wax paper side down in the microwave for 1 minute. Then remove and place on a small upside down bowl. Make sure to place the cheese wrap over the bowl so the cheese side is touching the bowl. Press it firmly in place and let it cool for another 1-2 minutes. Then remove the wax paper from the cheese and remove your cheese bowl (it will not stick to your bowl). These cheese bowls are great and will hold their shape once remove.
What ingredients should I Omit from my taco bowl to make it keto?
Avoid ingredients such as taco shells, rice, corn, beans, and packets of taco seasoning to keep your taco bowls keto friendly and low carb.
Keto Taco Bowl Meal Prep Tips
These Keto Taco Bowls with cheese shell are great for meal prep. This recipe will give you four bowls. I highly recommend using a bento box so you can easily heat up the taco meat and/or black beans to add to your salad. This Salad Bento Box is one of my favorites as the compartment for salad dressing is removable and microwavable so I use it for salads where I want to heat up part of the salad. It also comes with a built-in ice tray which is nice and a clip in fork. Trust me I’ve searched long and hard to find the perfect bento boxes for meal prepping. Here is my complete list.
Low Carb Keto Taco Bowl with Cheese Shell
- 4 whole cheese wraps
- 1 lb ground beef 90% Lean
- 1/4 cup green chillies canned
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tbsp yellow onion chopped
- 4 cups butter lettuce any bag of mixed lettuce 1 cup per bowl
- 1/4 cup red onions chopped, 1 tbsp per bowl
- 1/2 cup tomatoes dices, 2 tbsp per bowl
- 1/2 cup salsa 2 tbsp per bowl
- 1/4 cup sour cream 1 tbsp per bowl
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded, 2 tbsp per bowl
- 1 whole avocado medium size sliced, 1/4 of avocado per bowl
Cook the Taco Meat
- Turn your stove on medium to high heat. Once warm add a small spray of olive or avocado oil. Then add your ground beef chopping it with a spatula as it cooks. Then add your taco seasoning packet. Once the meat is browned, add your corn and green chilies.
Make Your Cheese Shell Bowl
- First you will make your cheese bowl by placing the wrap in the microwave with the wax paper facing down for 1 minute. Then let rest for 30 seconds. Turn a small bowl upsidedown and place the cheese wrap over the bowl with the cheese side facing down. Mold to the shape of the bowl and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Then remove the wax paper and bowl.
Assemble Your Bowl
- Add one cup of lettuce to your cheese bowl. Then in seperate sections of the bowl add 1/2 cup ground beef, 2 tbsp black beans, 2 tbsp chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp chopped red onions, 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese, and 3-4 slices of avocado. Finally scoop 1 tbsp of salsa over the tomatoes and 1 tbsp of sour cream in the center of your bowl.
- It’s very important that you use the leanest beef possible which will drop your calories by 100-200 per serving!
- Be sure to measure out your toppings since cheese and sour cream can easily add on extra calories
- Feel free to use any lettuce you enjoy or even kale
Enjoy our other Keto & Low Carb Recipes
- Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
- Easy Baked Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri
- Moroccan Lemon Chicken for the Instant Pot
- Carnitas with Jack Fruit