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a platter with several crispy keto cheese tacos shells.
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Keto Taco Shells

These crispy keto taco shells are quickly made with just one ingredient: Cheese! They are ridiculously easy to prepare, low-carb,high-protein, gluten-free, and vegetarian, and you can fill them with your favorite taco toppings such as this Instantpot ground beef and Mexican pickled red onions.
Course:Main dish
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 taco shells
Calories97.7 kcal
Cost $ 0.30 per taco shell


  • 1 oven
  • 2 large baking sheet(s)
  • 1 6-inch bowl and a sharp pencil to measure and draw circles.
  • 1 Metal spatula to lift the cheese shells out of the parchment paper.
  • 4 wooden spatulas as many as the number of taco shells you make.
  • 8 same-height cans or glasses to elevate the spatula across them.


  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese shredded (If you prefer, replace it with sharp cheddar or shredded mozzarella, or any melting cheese)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Use a ½ cup measurement to scoop out portions of cheese and arrange them in 6-inch circles on the baking sheets, with even thickness throughout. Make sure to leave some room (about 1-2 inches) between them because the cheese will melt and expand.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes, until bubbles start to form and the edges start to brown.
  • Meanwhile, place long wooden spoons sitting horizontally across two cans or overturned glasses.
  • Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow them to cool for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or just enough to lift them up without tearing them apart.
  • Then, using a large metal spatula, gently lift each cheese circle and hang each over a wooden spoon for about 5-10 minutes, or until completely cool and hardened. If you want, use a paper towel to gently dab excess grease out of the surface of the hardened shells.
  • Fill each keto taco shell with your favorite filling and garnishes. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

These keto taco shells should be enjoyed within 2 hours of being made. Because of it, only make the number of taco shells you intend to eat or serve right away. It is dairy and like any perishable food, it shouldn't be left out at room temperature for over 2 hours.
Although you can refrigerate any filled-taco leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days, be aware the cheese will melt after reheating your keto tacos. This means the taco shells won't be crispy anymore (yes, they will melt!)
I had leftovers of filled taco shells and they resembled a stuffed omelet after reheating.
However, some suggest microwaving one side of each cheese taco shell for 10 seconds and then flipping it over and reheating it for another 5 seconds without collapsing. But I doubt the shells won't still be a little cold. Depending on the taco filling, it won't be enough to reheat shredded or ground meats.


Calories: 97.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.1g | Protein: 13.8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 11.9mg | Sodium: 345.8mg | Potassium: 37.3mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Calcium: 234.5mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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