The Very Best Keto Taco Meat

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This recipe is The Very Best Keto Taco Meat, whether you’re following a keto diet or not! It is simple to make, full of delicious taco seasonings and loaded with peppers, onions, and tomatoes!

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How to make keto taco meat

One of our very favorite meals to make is tacos. The kids eat tortillas while my hubby and I eat taco meat on a bed of lettuce or a baked cheese tortilla shell. Taco meat is so versatile and can be used in so many delicious keto recipes. I love to make a large batch of taco meat at once when I meal prep so I can have it ready to go for quick weeknight dinners.

Taco meat ingredients:

  • Ground beef: This is the most flavorful. I try to get an 80/20, which makes this taco meat super juicy. You can use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer.
  • Peppers, onions, and garlic: Veggies add some carbs, which I’m okay with since they add lots of flavor and nutrients! They are also spread over many servings. 
  • Rotel and beef broth: Rotel is a flavorful combination of tomatoes, green chilies, and some other spices. This, along with the beef broth, is the perfect addition to making our taco meat juicy and flavorful!
  • Taco seasoning: Taco seasoning is what makes your meat perfect for Mexican meals. You can use the store-bought version or make my homemade keto taco seasoning, which is low carb and contains no additives or MSG.

Steps to make the BEST keto taco meat:

onions, peppers and garlic in a skillet

Step 1: Heat butter in a skillet and saute your green peppers, onions, and garlic until soft. Remove from pan.

keto taco meat in a skillet with taco seasoning and ground beef

Step 2: Add your ground beef to the same skillet and brown. Drain excess grease. Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes until the taco meat thickens.

ground taco meat in a skillet with ro-tel tomatoes, taco seasoning and veggies

Step 3: Once your taco meat is thick, it’s ready! Add salt and pepper if needed.

Is taco seasoning keto-friendly?

It CAN be keto-friendly; however, some store-bought taco seasonings are not. Some may contain sugar, starch, or even MSG. So if you are looking for a strict keto taco seasoning, make sure to look at your labels before you add one to your cart! Another option is to make my homemade taco seasoning. Making your own seasoning will ensure you are using ingredients without any additives that you might not want.

Can this recipe be made in the slow cooker?

Sure! In the last hour of cooking, remove the lid so that the taco meat can cook down. It may not reduce as much in a slow cooker, so you might need to serve with a slotted spoon.

How to serve your keto taco meat

There are quite a few different ways you can serve your taco meat while keeping dinner keto-approved. (If you have kids or family members who are NOT following a keto diet, you can simply give them traditional taco shells, either hard or soft, to eat like a normal taco!)

However, if you ARE following a low carb diet, here are a few ways you can serve your taco meat as well as more Mexican Keto recipe ideas. You can still eat low carb and enjoy Taco Tuesday!

  • On a chaffle! I bet you won’t miss taco shells if you serve your taco meat on these crispy Taco Chaffles! If you don’t have a waffle maker, a cheese taco shell is a great alternative. Both make a delicious keto-friendly taco. 
  • Over a bed of lettuce! A super low carb option is to simply make a Keto Taco Salad. It is served with a deliciously creamy dressing!
  • As a taco lettuce wrap! I suggest using Romaine or Bibb lettuce as your wraps. A burrito bowl is always a win, too. 
  • Use the taco meat in a keto taco casserole. This is very hearty but is more ‘dirty keto’ having layers of low carb soft tortillas in between the layers of taco meat.
  • In a soup! This Queso Keto Taco Soup is creamy is full of taco flavor!
  • In these Low Carb Taco Cups with your meat served in fun low carb taco cups!
  • On a pizza! This Low Carb Taco Keto Pizza recipe is delicious!

How many net carbs?

Based on six equal-sized servings, this low carb taco meat is only 3g net carbs, and it has tons of incredible flavor.

Other keto ground beef recipes:

Down Home Keto Vegetable Soup with Ground Beef

Cheesy Ground Beef & Cauliflower Casserole

Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe: Italian Keto Beef Skillet

Keto Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Keto Korean Ground Beef Bowl

Don’t miss out!

If you aren’t already following my easy keto/low carb recipe page on Facebook, where I post all my new recipes, I’d love for you to join us! Also, make sure to follow me on Pinterest.

If you are just getting started following a keto diet and would like more information, there are tons of fantastic resources. Amazon has several great books you may want to check out here.


 The Very Best Taco Meat Recipe:

ground beef in a skillet with taco seasoning and ro-tel
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The Very Best Taco Meat

This keto taco meat is so easy to make and so much more flavorful than just adding seasoning to ground beef. In case you were looking to change up taco night at your house, you definitely want to check out this recipe!
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: casual, Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • ½ green pepper sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp of homemade taco seasoning or a packet of taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 can of Rotel


  • Heat butter in a skillet and saute green peppers for 3 minutes then add onions. Saute until they reach desired tenderness then remove from pan.
  • Brown ground beef in a skillet then drain grease.
  • Add peppers and onions back to the pan, along with all other ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer covered for about 15 minutes until taco meat mixture thickens.
  • Enjoy over a bed of lettuce or on a keto chaffle!



This taco meat can be made in bulk and stored in plastic freezer bags in your freezer for 6-8 weeks for quick, last minute meals!


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Hi. I’m 64 and disabled. I want to do the keto diet. I like your tecipes. I seen your week 42 meal plan. Is there a way to start from week one? I’d appreciate any help. I believe if I get some weight off I’ll have less pain and move around easier. I have a7 year old that s mine and would love to be able to do more with him.

    1. In the week 42 meal plan if you scroll down under this weeks meal plan you will find a link to the master list of meal plans where you will find all previous weeks. Thanks! I’m glad you have enjoyed my recipes.

    1. You’re so welcome, Emmy! I’m glad you like it. This is my oldest daughter’s recipe. She’s a great little cook.

  2. 5 stars
    This was EXTREMELY good!! DEFINITELY the best taco meat I’ve ever made! And, with her taco seasoning recipe, WIN WIN!!! We LOVED it!!

    1. Rotel is canned tomatoes with green chilis. You can find it in the canned tomatoes in the grocery store.

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