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Keto Taco Seasoning (Easy & Homemade!)

Want to make delicious keto-friendly tacos? It starts with a keto taco seasoning like this one! With only 3g net carbs per serving (which will season an entire pound of meat), you’ll be able to indulge in tasty tacos without blowing your carb macros!

keto taco seasoning in a white bowl on a distressed serving tray

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Did you know that most taco seasoning packets contain a ton of carbs? It’s not unusual for a taco seasoning packet to contain 18 to 24 grams of carbs. If you add that to 1lb of beef and eat 1/4 of the resulting mixture, that’s an extra 4.5 to 6 grams of carbs!

The reason for this is most taco seasoning packets are loaded with sugar, flour, and other starchy fillers. Not to mention a bunch of crazy-sounding additives that you really don’t want to eat if you’re trying to stick to a clean diet on keto. (I just found a taco seasoning packet that added caramel color to it… why?! So unnecessary.)

Thankfully, I’ve come up with an easy homemade Keto Taco Seasoning that only requires a minute or two of your time. Measure your ingredients, add them to a jar, stir and/or shake, and you’re done. Even better, you can season an entire 1lb of meat (beef, chicken, or turkey) with only 3 grams net carbs! Taco night is officially back ON, friends. 🙂

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Ingredients in Keto Taco Seasoning

To make this easy keto taco seasoning, you’ll need the following:

  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Plus…

Xanthan Gum

This will thicken your taco seasoning a bit and is used in place of the starchy thickeners used in a lot of storebought taco seasoning mixes.

Swerve Confectioners (optional, but highly recommended)

If you like your taco seasoning with a bit of sweetness (which is what you’ll find in most storebought mixes), you’ll definitely want to add a keto-friendly sweetener.

keto taco seasoning ingredients on a a serving tray

How Do You Like Your Taco Seasoning?

There must be a million different taco seasoning recipes floating out there! The one I’m giving you in this post is a household favorite (with a nice mild flavor — not overly spicy or salty like some recipes), but there is definitely not a “one-size-fits-all” keto taco seasoning recipe.

If you modify this recipe by adding a little bit of this or a little bit of that, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! What did you add to make it your own, and what is the resulting flavor?

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How to Use Keto Taco Seasoning

One serving of this recipe (see the recipe card notes for serving size) is enough to season one pound of ground meat of your choice (beef, turkey, chicken). I follow a “lazy method” when adding taco seasoning; I don’t drain off the fat (especially not for keto!) and I don’t add any water. Here is what I do…

Adding Keto Taco Seasoning to ground beef: Cook the beef thoroughly, then reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the keto taco seasoning evenly over the ground beef, mix to combine, then allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.

closeup of keto taco seasoning on ground beef in a skillet

Adding Keto Taco Seasoning to ground turkey or ground chicken: Add 1 tbsp oil of choice (e.g., olive oil, beef fat) to a pan, then add ground turkey or chicken. Cook thoroughly, then reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the keto taco seasoning evenly over the ground chicken or turkey, mix to combine, then allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.

How to Serve Your Keto Taco-Seasoned Meat

So you have some yummy keto taco meat… now what?! Lettuce wraps are an awesome crunchy option. Load ’em up with your taco favorites:

  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Salsa (just make sure you find a brand that doesn’t add sugar)
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped avocado

Etc… and dig in! (Please ignore my sad cheese “shreds” below… all I had was sliced cheese. You do what you have to do to enjoy tacos, right? 😉 )

keto taco seasoning on tacos inside lettuce wraps

Alternatively, you can also make keto cheese taco shells! These are really easy to make by baking cheese and hanging them over a wooden handle. Learn how to make keto cheese taco shells here.

Happy taco-eating!

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Homemade Keto Taco Seasoning
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
 

Goodbye, taco seasoning packets! This homemade taco seasoning is just as good (if not better), a heck of a lot cheaper, and contains NO added fillers like most taco seasoning packets.

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: homemade taco seasoning, low carb taco seasoning
Servings: 3
Calories: 31 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (to thicken)
  • 1 teaspoon Swerve Confectioners (optional, but highly recommended)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Stir or shake well to combine.

Recipe Notes

One serving of this mixture is enough to season one pound of ground meat of your choice (beef, turkey, chicken).

Each serving is 1 tbsp + scant 2 tsp (or 1 tbsp + 2 tsp if you include the Swerve). For most accurate measurements, weigh all of the seasoning and divide by 3.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Keto Taco Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1659mg 69%
Potassium 151mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 36.4%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 13.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Love tacos?! Me too! That's why I made this awesome Homemade Keto Taco Seasoning recipe. Taco seasoning packets are loaded with carbs and fillers, but this easy taco seasoning recipe contains only 3g net carbs per serving (and each serving seasons an entire pound of meat!). This low carb taco seasoning is perfect for taco night even if you don't follow a keto diet. #keto #ketodiet #ketogenic

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  • I just mixed this up, I haven’t used it yet, but its smells like the real deal. I’m getting stuff ready Winter time. This will be awesome in my chilli

    • Hi Brenda, Awesome!! I hope you love the flavor. I am trying to be blissfully unaware of the fact that winter is fast approaching. 🙂

  • Cut back the salt to 1/3 too many mgs . without using sweetner use cinnamon. I used in cili and taco seasonong and makes it sweeter w/o sugars

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