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Keto Taco Shells (Spinach & Cheese)

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These Keto Taco Shells are made with only 5 ingredients, 100% gluten-free, keto-friendly, and delicious!

Make your favorite soft-shell tacos with these Mexican-inspired soft tortillas!

These Low Carb Taco Shells are so good, you may NEVER buy taco shells again ! Only 1.5 g net carb per taco, super healthy and delicious spinach taco shells.

What Are Keto Taco Shells?

While classic cheese taco shells are basically melted grated cheese shaped to look like a taco, this Keto Taco Shell with spinach is a more refined recipe.

It’s not only healthier with its potion of vegetables, but it’s also tastier and it holds its filling better.

Here I am introducing a new version of the keto taco shells you are used to eating: a spinach cheese taco shells recipe. You’re probably wondering why adding spinach to cheese taco shells, right?

First, taste. I seriously love cheese taco shells, but I found them bland. Obviously, a taco shell made only with cheese can’t have much flavor, and that’s why spinach taco shells are tastier.

Secondly, vitamins. On a keto diet, you need your vitamin C, and while orange is a great source of vitamin C, it’s also loaded with sugar. Check out our keto-friendly fruit list to figure out which fruit you can have on Keto!

So, we call spinach to the rescue! Indeed, 100 grams of spinach brings you 46% of your  DRI of vitamin C, meaning it’s the top sugar-free breakfast food to start the day with energy.

Finally, spinach is one of the lowest carb vegetables, with only 3 grams of net carbs per 100g of cooked spinach. So it’s the best way to add greens to your plate on a low-carb keto diet.

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  • Gluten-Free
  • Keto-Friendly
  • 5 Ingredients
  • Ready In 25 Minutes
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • 1 Portion of veggies

Spinach Keto Taco Shells

CHEESE TACO SHELLS with Spinach

How To Make Keto Taco Shells

Apart from their amazing flavor and nutrient values, these Spinach Taco Shells are pretty easy to make.

Bonus, you probably have all the basic 4 ingredients needed to make them now.

Ingredients

Let’s look closer at the basic keto ingredients needed to make this healthy taco shell recipe.

  • Eggs – you must use eggs in this recipe. Don’t try an egg substitute, or it wouldn’t work.
  • Almond flour or almond meal – both work well. Or sunflower seed flour for a nut-free keto alternative.
  • Grated cheese – feel free to use any hard grated cheese you like to vary the flavor: mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar, or smoked cheese.
  • Spinach – fresh or frozen, both work as long as you cook, drain and chop the spinach before using it in the recipe.
  • Garlic salt or any other dry spices like cumin, paprika, chili, or turmeric.

Healthy taco shells

Whether you eat keto, low-carb, or just want a healthy recipe for your Mexican night. These spinach taco shells are perfect!

They contain a lot of omega 3, vitamins C, protein, and only 1.1 grams of net carbs per shell. Plus, these keto taco shells are baked, meaning you don’t need to fry the cheese!

Keto Taco Shell Filling Ideas

You can use these low-carb taco shells for breakfast or dinner. Below are some filling ideas:

  • Breakfast taco – scrambled eggs, avocado, tomatoes.
  • Greek souvlaki – grilled chicken, tzatziki sauce, and cucumber stick.
  • Mexican taco – chicken or beef fajita, sour cream, guacamole, and cheddar.
  • Vegetarian taco – lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, and aioli.

Storage Instructions

You can store cooked keto taco shells for up to 3 days in the fridge and reheat them in the oven for a few minutes.

You can also freeze the spinach taco shell in an airtight container. Make sure the shells don’t overlap, or it makes them difficult to defrost individually.

Place a piece of parchment paper between each keto taco shell to avoid this problem.

Defrost them in less than 1 hour at room temperature. Rewarm the shells in a sandwich press or hot oven for 1 to 2 minutes at 300°F (150°C).

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Keto Taco Shells

1.1gNet Carbs
4.9 from 338 votes
These Keto Taco Shells are soft spinach tacos and a delicious replacement for regular tacos with only 1.1 grams of net carbs.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 taco shells
Serving Size: 1 shell

Recipe Macros

Net Carbs 1.1g
Fat 5.5g
Protein 4.8g
Calories 75kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the fresh spinach leaves into a  large mixing bowl.
  • Cover the spinach leaves with 4 cups of boiling water. Cover. Set aside 2 minutes.
  • In another bowl add ice cubes, about 1 cup.
  • Using tongs remove the cooked spinach leaves from the mixing bowl and place them into the bowl filled with ice cubes. Stir the leaves into the ice cubes for a few seconds to cool down.
  • Squeeze the spinach leaves with your hands to remove all the water. It will form a compact spinach 'ball.'
  • Pat dry the spinach between layers of absorbent paper to ensure that the cooked spinach is fully dry.
  • Finely chop the cooked spinach on a chopping board.
  • Place them into a large mixing bowl and combine with grated cheese, eggs, almond flour, garlic powder, and salt until it forms a sort of batter.
  • Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray covered with parchment paper. I recommend spraying some olive oil on the parchment paper to prevent the shells from sticking to the paper! I used a mechanical ice cream scoop maker to scoop out the batter into 4 equal amounts of taco shell batter. 
  • Use your fingers to flatten each scoop of taco batter into an evenly flat thin circle that looks like a taco. 
  • Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes or until it is golden and crispy on the sides. Depending on the oven and thickness of your tacos, you may have to reduce them to 350°F (180°C). Simply watch the color and texture while baking to avoid burning them. It is baked when the borders are crispy and slightly golden brown.
  • Cool down on a plate for a few minutes before eating.
  • Can be eaten lukewarm or cold with toppings of your choice.
Topping ideas: lettuce, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and sriracha sauce for a delicious breakfast or grilled vegetables, tofu, or chicken. Any of your favorite taco fillings will be delicious in those shells.
Cheese: use any hard grated cheese like mozzarella, cheddar, Emmental, Edam, or Colby.
Freezing: freeze well in an airtight container. Make sure the shells don’t overlap, or it make them difficult to defrost individually. Place a piece of parchment paper between each taco to avoid this problem. Defrost in less than 1 hour at room temperature. Rewarm in a sandwich press or hot oven for 1-2 minutes at 300°F (150°C).
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Nutrition Facts
Keto Taco Shells
Amount Per Serving (1 shell)
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.5g8%
Carbohydrates 2.5g1%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 4.8g10%
Net Carbs 1.1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    87 Thoughts On Keto Taco Shells (Spinach & Cheese)
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  1. Hi! This looks really good!
    Is there anything else I can put in it instead of cheese (and that still stays firm enough to form it and eat it as a taco)?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Anita, I agree it is a very good recipe! There is lots of cheese in those tacos so it is difficult to make it dairy free. However I have got a similar recipe using zucchini and no cheese – arrowroot flour and coconut flour instead. If you want a dairy free taco recipe you may prefer that one here 🙂 Enjoy and let me know how it goes xoxo Carine.

  2. amazing. They looks amazing. Feel like grabbing it. Will surely try. Adding almond flour is quite innovative and healthy. Will try for my kids soon. Thanks for sharing

    • Hello! I am glad you love the recipe. My 3 years old love it and I am pretty sure your kids will love them too! Enjoy this spinach taco and let me know how it goes! Carine.

  3. Carrie, I’m excited to find this spinach soft taco recipe. We have fresh spinach in the garden so I will try it soon. As a post-bariatric surgery patient, I am always looking for recipes that are low-carb, high protein and good for me. Thank you for coming up with this recipe.

    • Hi Joyce, I am always so happy to read your comment and to know that my recipes can help in the kitchen. You will absolutely love those spinach tacos even more with your own fresh spinach! Thanks again for the support and lovely comment Joyce! It is always a pleasure to read you. Carine.

    • 5 stars
      Turned out good, but I did a few things differently. Used frozen chopped spinach cooked in microwave per instructions on bag, used a clean kichen towel to squeeze out water, used garlic salt instead of garlic powder and salt, and threw all ingridients into a food processor to chop and mix. 350 was perfect temp for mine to cook in 15 minutes. And didn’t stick at all on silicone baking sheet. Will probably up the parmesan cheese by a quarter cup next time.

    • Hi Mélissa, unfortunately those ingredients are the main ingredients of those spinachanges tacos. As I never tried spelt and coconut flour in this recipe I can’t advice on how to make this recipe with those flour. See you soon on the blog, carine.

  4. I so want to make these right now, but don’t have is bran. Are there any other substitutes? I have flax, psyllium, almond, coconut…

    • Hi Elaine, I am pretty sure a mix of almond meal and psyllium would make the deal. I would try to substitute the amount of oat flour by 3/4 amount of almond meal for 1/4 amount of psyllium husk! Then, just add more psyllium husk if it is too runny. It will absorb the extra moisture and makes things goes together. Hope it works cause this is delicious! See you sson on the blog Elaine! Carine.

      • I don’t see bran in the ingredient list – how much should be added? These look wonderful – can’t wait to make them. Have you ever tried making them with kale instead of spinach? (I have a lot of kale in the garden! )

        • The recipe is not using bran but almond meal or oat flour – it is basically rolled oat ground into a powder. I never used kale in this recipe but I am pretty sure it will work. Make sure you chop it finely, specially if it is curly kale, it is a stronger veggie and it won’t combine as well in the batter if the pieces are too big. I would love to grow some kale too but I don’t have any more space in my garden this year ! Also, if you want to use your kale you can try my kale egg free frittata. Thanks for reading the blog. XOXO Carine.

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