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Keto Taco Cups Appetizer + Keto Taco Bar!

Looking for the easiest keto appetizer recipe? These zero-carb Keto Taco Cups are easy to make, unbelievably tasty, and so fun to eat! Plus, learn how to set up your own keto taco bar.

keto taco cups closeup with sour cream, avocado, cheese, and salsa

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Whoever first decided to make taco shells out of cheese deserves an award for the most brilliant recipe ever. It’s simple yet revolutionary and has probably led to a million “duh, why didn’t I think of that?!” comments over the years.

I was perusing some muffin pan recipes the other day and came across a recipe that used baked parmesan cheese to make mini cheese cups, and the thought struck me to go the cheddar cheese route and make mini Keto Taco Cups instead. (I thought this was sooo original until I fired up Google right before starting this post. Turns out I’m not the only one who thought this was a great idea!) They were a huge success.

Why You are Going to LOVE Keto Taco Cups!

  • They are SO easy to make, unbelievably tasty, and so fun to eat.
  • They make the perfect keto appetizer.
  • Everyone will love them, keto or not. I had some taste-testers (aka family ;)) over and we devoured a dozen of these in the blink of an eye.
  • They are perfect for a keto taco bar!
  • You can make them plain or seasoned.

keto taco cups containing fillings sitting on a light grey plate

In this post, I’ll show you how to make Keto Taco Cups and I’ll show you where to find my easy Keto Taco Seasoning recipe for the ultimate keto taco experience.

What You Need for Keto Taco Cups

To make the cups themselves, you need shredded cheddar cheese and optional non-stick cooking spray depending on your baking tools. I highly recommend doing these on a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat and in a silicone muffin pan. (I skipped my silicone cupcake pan for a prettier photo, but they’re easier to make with silicone.) Here is what I recommend:

Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat: These mats are great for easy clean-up! You do NOT need non-stick cooking spray if you use these mats.

Keliwa 12-Cup Silicone Muffin/Cupcake Pan: I love the convenience of this muffin pan. If you use this pan, you do NOT need non-stick cooking spray.

If you don’t use silicone, you’ll need:

  • A non-stick cookie sheet + non-stick cooking spray (or oil)
  • A non-stick muffin pan + non-stick cooking spray (or oil)

How to Make Keto Taco Cups

Step #1: Preheat oven to 350 F.

Step #2: The easiest way to make these is to use a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat, as well as a silicone cupcake pan. If you aren’t using silicone, coat your cookie sheet and cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray (or oil) for easy removal of the cheese cups.

Step #3: On your cookie sheet (preferably covered with a silicone baking mat), make eight circles using shredded cheddar cheese. Each circle is made from 2 tbsp cheese and should be approximately 3 1/2″ in diameter.

Tip: I read a great tip online to make the circles “lacey” (as in, leave some space between some of the cheese shreds) for the crispiest shells. You can see that I did this in the photo below.

Tip: To make taco-seasoned Keto Taco Cups, mix one cup shredded cheese (the amount you’ll use for eight taco cups) with 1 tsp Keto Taco Seasoning.

keto taco cups on a silicone baking mat before cooking

Step #4: Place cookie sheet in preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes until edges begin to brown.

cooked keto taco cups on a silicone baking mat

Tip: Feel free to experiment with the 5-7 minutes baking range. I baked the cheese in the above photo for 7 minutes, which significantly browns the edges and makes them quite crispy, but they’re prone to breaking on the edges. In the muffin pan below, the cups in the left-most row were baked only 5 minutes. The cheese baked only 5 minutes was (as you would expect!) much more pliable when I pulled them off the cookie sheet and didn’t have any breakage issues, but they didn’t end up as crispy. I preferred the 7-minute cups.

Step #5: Remove cookie sheet from oven, let cool for 10 seconds, and then carefully remove each cheese circle and place inside a muffin pan slot to form a cup.

Tip: If some of the cheese circles begin to harden before you can remove them, place the pan back in the oven for a few seconds to make them pliable again.

keto taco cups cheese placed inside the cupcake pan

Step #7: Let the Keto Taco Cups cool inside the muffin pan for at least 10 minutes before carefully removing the cups and filling them with desired fillings.

How to Make Keto-Friendly Taco Meat

You’re in luck… I have a recipe for that! Just head on over to my Keto Taco Seasoning recipe for a keto-friendly taco seasoning that will take you only two minutes to make.

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

What to Serve in Your Keto Taco Cups Appetizer + Keto Taco Bar Idea!

tray of keto taco cups with various fillings

What I love about these Keto Taco Cups is you can play around with all sorts of different fillings! A few ideas:

  • Seasoned taco meat (beef, turkey) — or skip this if you want to make vegetarian keto tacos!
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Salsa (look for a jar without sugar for your lowest carb option)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Hot sauce
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced peppers
  • … and more!

The best part of these Keto Taco Cups is they make the BEST Keto Taco Bar! Make the taco cups and let everyone add their desired fillings. (I usually guesstimate macros in situations like this, but you can go the extra mile and provide a food scale if some party-goers want to be 100% accurate!)

keto taco bar overhead view of everything

These Keto Taco Cups will certainly become a go-to recipe in your household. They’re just too good to resist!

For another easy keto recipe, make sure to try my Keto Crusted Buttery Chicken Casserole.

keto taco cups with various meats and cheeses in the background

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keto taco cups closeup with sour cream, avocado, cheese, and salsa

Keto Taco Cups

Looking for the easiest keto appetizer recipe? These Keto Taco Cups are easy to make, unbelievably tasty, and so fun to eat! Plus, learn how to set up your own keto taco bar.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Western
Keyword: low carb tacos, mini keto tacos
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Cool time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 56kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • keto-friendly fillings as desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • The easiest way to make these is to use a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat, as well as a silicone cupcake pan. If you aren’t using silicone, coat your cookie sheet and cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray (or oil) for easy removal of the cheese cups.
  • On your cookie sheet (preferably covered with a silicone baking mat), make eight circles using shredded cheddar cheese. Each circle is made from 2 tbsp cheese and should be approximately 3 1/2″ in diameter.
  • Place cookie sheet in preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes until edges begin to brown.
  • Remove cookie sheet from oven, let cool for 10 seconds, and then carefully remove each cheese circle and place inside a muffin pan slot to form a cup.
  • Let the Keto Taco Cups cool inside the muffin pan for at least 10 minutes before carefully removing the cups and filling them with desired fillings.

Notes

  • I read a great tip online to make the circles “lacey” (as in, leave some space between some of the cheese shreds) for the crispiest shells. 
  • To make taco-seasoned Keto Taco Cups, mix one cup shredded cheese (the amount you’ll use for eight taco cups) with 1 tsp Keto Taco Seasoning.
  • Feel free to experiment with the 5-7 minutes baking range. I baked some cheese for 7 minutes, which significantly browns the edges and makes them quite crispy, but they’re prone to breaking on the edges. The cheese I baked only 5 minutes was (as you would expect!) much more pliable when I pulled them off the cookie sheet and didn’t have any breakage issues, but they didn’t end up as crispy. I preferred the 7-minute cups.
  • If some of the cheese circles begin to harden before you can remove them, place the pan back in the oven for a few seconds to make them pliable again.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Taco Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer



Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.

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