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This is a short guide on low-carb Mexican food, what ingredients to avoid, and 13 keto Mexican recipes to add to your healthy low-carb recipe repertoire.


For the majority of our readers, Mexican cuisine is a comfort food favorite. Traditional Mexican food as well as Tex-Mex contain a lot of high-carb ingedients (beans, tortillas, chips) that is simply not suitable for a keto diet. 

However, the core flavor of Mexican food can absolutely still be captured without the need for straying from your healthy eating plan. A lot of times, things like tortillas, chips, and wraps are simply a “vessel” for the fresh ingredients that really make up the bulk of that signature delicious flavor of Mexican food that we all love.

Can You Eat Corn Tortillas On Keto?

At approximately 12-15g net carbs per ounce, corn tortillas are definitely NOT keto-friendly. Only a small serving added to your meal will probably knock you out of ketosis. 

However, there are many recipes online for corn tortilla alternatives, using low-carb ingredients that would be a better fit for a keto diet. 

Are Refried Beans Keto?

Beans are another ingredient that keto dieters should avoid due to their high carb content. Just one serving of red kidney beans can contain over 30g of carbohydrates! If you’re not doing a keto diet, or perhaps just trying to eat gluten-free, Living Chirpy has a fantastic Refried Red Kidney Beans recipe that you can find HERE. 

Is Sour Cream Keto?

Good news, if you can tolerate dairy products, then sour cream can definitely be part of a healthy keto diet. One tablespoon of sour cream contains only 0,5g carbohydrates! 

Now get cooking and try one of these 13 Keto Mexican Recipes…

1. Keto Guacamole

Guacamole in a white bowl on a red kitchen towel, surrounded by fresh cilantro, toritilla chips and limes.


Not only is guacamole incredibly delicious, but nutritious as well! Did you know that avocados contain more potassium than bananas? The healthy fat content of avocados also help your body to better absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

So don’t skimp on the guac! Your body will thank you. Read more about numerous health benefits of avocado HERE.

  • Calories: 115
  • Carbs: 2g (net)

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy. 

2. Mexican Salsa

Mexican salsa topped with fresh herbs and jalapeño slices on a gray kitchen towel, surrounded by fresh lemon, tortilla chips.


Fresh homemade salsa can be a nutritional powerhouse, believe it or not. The main ingredients – salsa, onion, lime juice – are all loaded with vitamin C. This important antioxidant boosts your immunity, helping to keep sickness at bay. 

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 3g (net)

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

3. Easy Keto Queso

Keto queso in a white bowl on a striped kitchen towel, on a white background.

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.


If you can tolerate dairy products and/or allow it in your diet, then the occasional queso is a-okay. Making your own queso at home is easy and so much healthier for you. Store-bought queso often contains preservatives, which help to extend its shelf-life. “One of the harmful effects of preservatives on food items is their ability to transform into carcinogen agents.” (Read more HERE).

  • Calories: 225
  • Carbs: 3.5g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Yummy Keto Cooking.

4. Chicken Taco Soup

Chicken taco soup topped with fresh sour cream and cilantro, surrounded by fresh lime, avocado and cilantro on a blue serving plate.


Do yourself a favor and always keep a supply of chicken broth in your freezer. Chicken broth, especially when it’s homemade, is really good for joint health and helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Using this healthy broth as a base, you can add protein, fresh ingredients, and spices to make a filling, nutritious Mexican taco soup!

  • Calories: 88
  • Carbs: 8g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

5. Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco seasoning mix in a wood bowl on a white wooden background.


Any kitchen with a well-stocked spice rack has the necessary ingredients for the basic flavors of many different types of cuisines. Throwing together a Mexican taco seasoning really is easier than a lot of people think, and much healthier than a lot of store-bought mixes, which often contain sugar

  • Calories: 4
  • Carbs: 0g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

6. Almond Flour Keto Tortilla

Almond flour keto tortillas on a light gray kitchen towel on a gray background.

 

There’s no need to say goodbye to tortillas forever. One regular corn tortilla can contain up to 45g of carbs, which is almost double the amount of carbs of the basic ketogenic ratio! And that’s just the tortilla.

Using an alternative flour, like almond flour, which only has 2g net carbs per serving, makes room in your diet for you favorite Mexican food without knocking you out of ketosis. 

  • Calories: 131
  • Carbs: 2g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Nutrition Refined. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

7. Cheesy Taco Keto Mexican Casserole

Cheesy taco Mexican casserole topped with fresh tomatoes and chives in a white serving dish on a gray wooden background.


A good casserole is perfect for those days when you don’t have the time or energy to slave away in the kitchen. This Keto Mexican casserole uses only 7 ingredients, and with minimum hands-on time as a bonus. This is a great recipe that will please the whole family! 

  • Calories: 317
  • Carbs: 3g

*Make your own homemade taco seasoning mix or use a store-bought mix with ingredients that fit your dietary guidelines. 

Find this RECIPE at Curbing Carbs.

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

8. Mexican Shredded Chicken

Mexican shredded chicken in a pot surrounded by fresh lime on a wooden background.


This easy shredded chicken recipe can be used as a base for many different dishes. Chicken is the second most consumed meat in the world for good reason – it’s so healthy! 

“Since chicken offers such a concentrated source of protein, it is an excellent dietary addition for anyone looking to increase their protein intake without consuming large amounts of extra calories.” (Read more about the health benefits of chicken HERE.)

  • Calories: 210
  • Carbs: 2g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

9. Low-Carb Mexican Pork Chile Verde

Pork chile verde topped with fresh herbs in two white bowls, surrounded by fresh lime, cilantro, and tortillas on a white marbled background.


This delicious recipe is great to cook in bulk. Once cooled, you can scoop any leftover chile verde in freezer-safe ziploc bags and store in the freezer. Whenever you’re in the mood for Mexican, or not in the mood for cooking, you’ll have a stock of ready-made delicious Mexican food on hand!

  • Calories: 383
  • Carbs: 7g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Isabel Eats.

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

10. Keto Mexican Rice (Cauliflower)

Keto Mexican rice topped with fresh jalapeño slices in a gray pan on a white background.


Cauliflower rice is a must for any low-carb diet. Not only is it a much better alternative to regular rice, it has an impressive nutrition profile as well. Cauliflower is full of antioxidants, which are essential in protection against chronic disease. 

  • Calories: 101
  • Carbs: 12.4g

Find this RECIPE at My Food Story. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

11. Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Mexican Ground Beef

Stuffed poblano peppers with Mexican ground beef topped with fresh herbs on a light gray plate.

 

Poblano peppers, which are native to Mexico, are particularly high in Vitamin C, containing 105% of the daily value requirement. Sufficient vitamin C is essential in reducing the risk of chronic disease and also helps to manage high blood pressure

  • Calories: 395
  • Carbs: 7g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Low Carb Maven. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

12. Keto Fish Tacos with Spicy Green Sauce

Keto fish tacos topped with fresh red peppers slices on a white plate, surrounded by fresh taco ingredients.


Many health organizations recommend eating fish at least twice a week for its health benefits. This low-carb fish taco recipe is the perfect way to do it! Using keto tortillas and protein-rich fish fillets, you can have one of your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes and take care of your health at the same time. 

  • Calories: 426
  • Carbs: 8.7g

*Make your own low-carb tortillas or taco seasoning or find a store-bought version that fits your dietary guidelines.

Find this RECIPE at Keto Pots. 

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

13. Keto Jalapeño Popper Taquitos with Bacon

Keto jalapeño popper taquitos stacked on black plate with a gray background.

Description.

7 Ingredients:

( 15 minutes )

Fresh:
– minced garlic
– onion

Fridge and Pantry:
– canned diced tomatoes
– pickled jalapeños

Herbs and Spices:
– fresh cilantro
– Mexican chili powder
– dried oregano
– salt and pepper

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.


These tasty taquitos require only 4 ingredients! If you allow dairy in your diet, this low-carb Mexican snack is the perfect choice for those times when you’re craving something rich and cheesy. 

  • Calories: 666
  • Carbs: 3.2g

Find this RECIPE at Maebell’s Simply Easy Recipes. 

 

Conclusion

There’s no need to say goodbye to Mexican food if you’re on a keto diet. The classic Mexican ingredients that you have to avoid are minimal. When you remove to tortillas and beans, a lot of Mexican food can be incorporated into a variety of diets, like keto, paleo or Whole30

Did You Make On Of These Keto Mexican Food Recipes?

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