Who doesn’t love Mexican food?! Just because some Mexican dishes include tortillas, rice or beans, it doesn’t mean that you can no longer enjoy them while on a low-carb or keto diet. Rather, you simply swap out the higher-carb ingredients with low-carb alternatives like cauliflower rice, low-carb tortillas or romaine lettuce leaves. And, if you ask us, these low-carb alternatives are just as yummy.
When on a low-carb and keto diet, it's important to have delicious, quick and easy recipes for when you're short on time or simply don’t have the patience to cook. Here are 10 delicious low-carb and keto Mexican recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Rotisserie Chicken Tinga Tacos (20 Minutes!)
With store-bought rotisserie chicken, this low-carb and keto chicken tinga recipe comes together fast (less than 20 minutes!) for your weeknight Taco Tuesday. Chicken tinga, or tinga de pollo, is a classic Mexican dish made with shredded chicken, tomatoes, chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, onions and garlic. We typically use romaine lettuce leaves as tacos (or you could use low-carb tortillas) and top the chicken tinga with diced avocado, crumbled or shredded cheese, chopped red onion, and cilantro. Click here for the recipe.
One-Pan Mexican Chicken Skillet (15 Minutes!)
No need to meal prep with this easy low-carb and keto Mexican Chicken Skillet recipe! Imagine yummy chicken enchiladas, just without the tortilla. It has all the good stuff though: melted, gooey cheese, chunky salsa, chipotle peppers, rotisserie chicken, and bell pepper. And with store-bought rotisserie chicken, this delicious low-carb recipe comes together in 15 minutes or less. Click here for the recipe.
Mexican-ish Hot Dogs (10 Minutes!)
If you’re not on the hot dog bandwagon yet, then maybe these Mexican hot dogs will get you on board. The toppings on these low-carb and keto Mexican hot dogs are: chopped bacon, diced avocado, jalapeños, and red onion (or you could sub with diced tomatoes), grated cheddar cheese, and condiment(s) of your choice (sugar-free ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise). Instead of buns, we use and prefer romaine lettuce leaves. Click here for the recipe.
Easy Chipotle Chili Guacamole With Jalapeno Cheese Chips (Total 20 Minutes)
Jalapeno cheese chips and chipotle chili guacamole is one perfect afternoon or game day snack! They're even great for movie night. I mean, how could you not love cheesy, crispy chips with guacamole that has some kick to it?! Even better, they are both low in carbs and quick and easy to make. Click here for the recipe.
Grilled Carne Asada (10 Minute Cook Time!)
Grilled Carne Asada is one of the ultimate grill recipes. It’s because the steak turns out so tender, juicy and flavorful after marinating and just a short time on the grill. To make this low-carb and keto carne asada, simply marinate the steak for an hour or more, then grill for less than 10 minutes, and dinner is ready! Click here for the recipe.
Crispy Pork Carnitas: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker (10 Minute Preparation!)
This low-carb and keto carnitas recipe is super simple, whether you use an Instant Pot or slow cooker (instructions for both included). The preparation takes less than 10 minutes and the pork turns out perfectly tender and juicy. To make the carnitas even tastier, simply crisp the edges under the broiler for a few minutes and spoon some of the remaining liquid over the carnitas. Yummy! Click here for the recipe.
Quick Beef Taco Salad (25 Minutes!)
The most important part of a beef taco salad is getting the ground beef to taste just right. We believe our quick, low-carb and keto recipe for ground taco beef achieves that since it's a little spicy and packed full of flavor. For the salad, we recommend using chopped romaine lettuce (or iceberg if you prefer). The only other ingredient that's essential is grated cheddar cheese. After that, it's all up to you. We typically top with diced avocado and tomato, salsa, and sour cream. Click here for the recipe.
Jalapeno Poppers with Chorizo Sausage (40 Minutes!)
If we had to pick one of our favorite keto snacks or appetizers, these low-carb and keto jalapeno poppers with chorizo might be it. The filling in these poppers is warm and creamy, cheesy and meaty, and a little spicy (thanks to the chorizo). And, when paired with the crispy and slightly crunchy outside of the jalapeno (which is also a little spicy), it's SO delicious. Click here for the recipe. Click here for the recipe.
Skillet Steak Fajitas (30 Minutes!)
The steak in this low-carb and keto skillet fajitas recipe is deliciously tender and juicy with a spicy-smoky flavor, thanks to the marinade with chipotle chilis in adobo sauce. This skillet steak fajitas is a quick weeknight recipe since you can marinate the steak for a quick 15 minutes (or you can marinate it the night before to save time) and can finish making the fajitas in 30 minutes. Click here for the recipe.
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa (10 Minute Preparation!)
We’d easily choose this low-carb and keto slow cooker beef barbacoa as one of our favorite Taco Tuesday dinners. Using a slow cooker helps impart a deep flavor into this incredibly tender and succulent beef barbacoa, which is rich, spicy, smoky and a little tangy. Its savory flavor comes from a blend of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, cumin, lots of garlic, oregano, lime juice, and beef broth. Click here for the recipe!
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