Keto Diet


Prep Time10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins Course:AppetizerCalories:209Servings:


For the Taco Meat

  • ▢½ pound Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef
  • ▢2 tablespoons Onion, minced
  • ▢½ Smoked Chipotle, in the can, chopped
  • ▢½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ▢1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ▢½ teaspoon Tomato Paste
  • ▢½ teaspoon garlic sea salt
  • ▢2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ▢¼ cup Water

For the Taco Shell Cups

  • ▢2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, I use the Mexican cheddar blend

For the Toppings

  • ▢½ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ▢¼ cup sour cream
  • ▢1 Haas avocado, diced
  • ▢Tablespoon of cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • ▢¼ cup of Chipotle Ranch Dressing, see my homemade recipe


To Make the Taco Meat

  • Add the ground beef, salt and pepper to a skillet on medium heat.  Cook until the ground beef has browned.  Push the meat to one side of the pan, add the olive oil and the onion. Add a pinch of salt and sauté the onion until translucent.
  • Add the smoked paprika, cumin, and chipotle to the meat and onions and toast the spices for about 1-2 minutes.  Stir in the tomato paste and water.  Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes.

To Make the Taco Shell Cups

  • Working in batches, add 1 tablespoon of the cheese, to a microwave safe plate lined with parchment paper, into 4 piles and microwave for 50 seconds. Test one first, to make sure that 50 seconds works for your particular microwave.
  • Using a spatula, remove each pile and gently place into a mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • Once the cheese is cook enough to touch, form it into a cup using the end of the spatula handle.  Work quickly because they harden in seconds!  Allow to cool while you work on the remaining cups.

To Assemble the Taco Cups

  • Once the cups have cooled, fill about ½ way up with the taco meat.  Add some of the tomatoes.  Then drizzle the Chipotle Ranch Dressing over the top.  Then a dollop of sour cream, topped with a piece of avocado. Garnish the platter with the fresh chopped cilantro.


*Makes 24 mini taco cups

Nutrition FactsMini Keto Taco BitesAmount Per ServingCalories 209Calories from Fat 153% Daily Value*Fat 17g26%Saturated Fat 7g44%Carbohydrates 2g1%Sugar 1g1%Protein 11g22%

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