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This Keto Taco Salad Bowl is an easy, low-carb option for enjoying a healthy taco salad at home. Here, you’ll learn how to make popular taco salad ingredients like ground beef taco meat, guacamole, Pico De Gallo salsa & homemade taco seasoning. Plus, I’ll give tips on how to make a Taco Bell taco salad with a healthier substitute for Doritos.
Why Make a Keto Taco Bowl
Taco Bell’s Taco Supreme was one of my favorite take-out options growing up. There is something about the toppings that were refreshing & delicious!
But, if you’re wanting to eat real food with real, wholesome ingredients, some of the options at Taco Bell are less than ideal.
Here are some reasons to love this healthy taco salad recipe:
- Fresh flavors to make your taste buds happy: this healthy taco salad bowl includes layers of fresh romaine lettuce with homemade taco meat and fresh toppings
- Great for meal prep: you can prep most of the toppings and cooked ground beef ahead of time and store them in separate bowls. This means that after a busy day, all you have to do is layer the salad.
- A keto and low-carb option for Taco Tuesday: since I skip things like a taco shell, tortilla strips and chips.
Making this keto taco salad is recipe is easy. Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
- Romaine lettuce: any crisp lettuce like romaine or iceberg lettuce work best. You could also use spring mix.
- Taco Meat: I used lean ground beef that I seasoned this with my homemade taco seasoning. You can use your favorite taco seasoning or use another ground meat like ground turkey or ground chicken.
- Taco Toppings: The options for toppings for this salad are endless. But, I’m using shaved sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, salsa, guacamole, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and red onion. Other options are radishes, limes, Mexican cheese blends, this low-carb substitute for Doritos, and more.
You can get the full list of ingredient amounts and instructions from the full recipe card at the end of the post.
How to Make Ground Beef Taco Salad Bowls
Make the Ground Taco Meat:
- Sauté the onions in a skillet on medium heat. Then, add ground beef to the pan (photos 1-2).
- Brown the ground beef and add taco seasoning (photos 3-4).
Assemble the Low Carb Taco Salad Bowl:
- Layer your favorite toppings on a bowl or plate of lettuce (photos 5-6).
Top Cooking Tips & FAQs:
- Save time by buying some toppings: You can easily make keto taco salad bowls with ingredients that you can pick up, ready-to-eat from the grocery store. For example, the fresh foods section in most markets has fresh guacamole and pico de gallo for sale daily. To save time, you can allow your local market to do some of the prep for you.
- Customize to your taste buds: this salad includes many of my favorite taco toppings and doesn’t include a salad dressing. Feel free to adjust this to your tastes and preferences. The options are endless. You can even pair the meat and toppings with your favorite low-carb tortilla.
- Use low-carb Doritos: this taco salad tastes great and full of flavor as is, but if you’d like you can use these low-carb Doritos or your favorite keto tortilla chips recipe for added crunch and flavor.
Storage and Leftovers
This easy taco salad can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You’ll have the best results with storage if you keep the lettuce and other ingredients separate.
This meal contains a lot of vegetables so it generally includes quite a few carbs. But, vegetables also have a lot of fiber so each serving of this meal has 11g net carbs.
Recipes to Enjoy This With
You can always switch the protein your taco salad bowl. Some other options besides ground meat are:
More Taco Bowl Recipes
If you are a fan of Keto Mexican Food, then you are definitely in luck. The real food ingredients and fresh foods make it easy to adapt and adjust to fit. Some other taco bowls are:
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Keto Taco Salad Bowl Recipe
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Pico de Gallo
- 2 Tomatoes, off the vine, diced
- 1/2 small white onion, thinly diced
- 1 jalapeno, thinly diced (we like our food spicy so I didn’t remove the seeds or veins)
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 Lime, juiced
- 1/2 tsp Natural Ancient Sea Salt, use DRDAVINAHS to save
Other Taco Salad Bowl Toppings
- Sour Cream
- 10 oz romaine lettuce, I used the bagged kind that’s triple washed
- 1/3 cup sharp cheddar, shredded or Mexican Cheese blend
- Add all of the ingredients for the Pico De Gallo to a small bowl. Mix with a fork. Refrigerate and allow the flavors to meld.
- Add all of the ingredients for the Guacamole to a small bowl. Mix with a fork. Refrigerate and allow the flavors to meld.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet to medium-high heat
- Add the sliced onions and saute until translucent (~3 minutes)
- Add the ground meat to the pan and cook until brown
- Add the taco seasoning and mix to combine. Taste the meat. Decide if you’d like more salt (1/4 tsp should be enough).
- Add the lettuce, taco meat, sharp cheddar, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.
- Save time by buying some toppings: You can easily make keto taco salad bowls with ingredients that you can pick up, ready-to-eat from the store. For example, the fresh foods section in most markets has fresh guacamole and pico de gallo for sale daily. To save time, you can allow your local market to do some of the prep for you.
- Customize to your tastes: this salad includes many of my favorite taco toppings and doesn’t include a dressing. Feel free to adjust this to your tastes and preferences. The options are endless.
- Use low-carb Doritos: this taco salad tastes great and full of flavor as is, but if you’d like you can use these low-carb Doritos for added crunch and flavor.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!