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Easy 20 Minute Taco Boats (Keto & Gluten-free)

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Easy 20 Minute Taco Boats

Do you love Mexican food? I sure do! Mexican is my favorite food group! 🙂

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Anyway, when I decided to start eating low carb/keto, I figured I would never be able to eat Mexican food again.

I mean, how can you have a taco without a tortilla???

And salsa without chips???

That’s just not right…

But guess what? I was wrong! (But don’t tell my kids)

And I’m so glad I was!

Turns out that taking chips and corn tortillas out of my diet was a good thing. I got to trade bloating for extra cheese.

That’s the kind of trade off anyone could get behind! Amiright?

And using romaine lettuce leaves for these tacos instead of a flour or corn tortilla is a fun no carb alternative. With the added bonus of extra dark leafy greens in your day.

Wins all around!

These taco boats are so fast and easy, you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes tops.

You can use a pre-packaged mix, or make your own Keto Friendly Taco Seasoning ahead of time.

Using homemade shaves off a few more carbs from the meal, which is always a good thing as far as keto is concerned.

Ready?

Let’s do this!

Easy 20-Minute Keto Taco Boats

 

Easy 20 Minute Keto Taco Boats

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • OR 3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning
  • 3/4 c water
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • Romaine lettuce leaves

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef just until browned.

You can drain the meat if you choose to. Sometimes I do, it just depends on how much fat there is. If you drain the meat, return it to the pan on medium heat.

Meat for taco boats ready to be drained
Hamburger all browned. This time I DID drain the meat!

Pour the water in to the meat and add the taco seasoning. Stir all that up really well.

Adding water and seasoning mix to meat for taco boats
Water and taco seasoning added to the meat.

Allow the meat mixture to cook for 5 minutes. That allows the excess water to evaporate off.

While the meat is simmering, gather up the rest of your fixins. Salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, and whatever else you like on your tacos.

Meat for taco boats ready to go
Meat has simmered for 5ish minutes.

Rinse the Romaine leaves and pat them dry. Cut off the bottoms if they are discolored.

Arrange the leaves on the plates or a serving platter.

Romaine lettuce leaves on plate for taco boats
Lettuce leaves all ready to be filled.

Divide the meat up among the leaves and add your choice of toppings.

And there you go! 20 minutes to dinner. Or less.

Peace, love, & extra cheese!

PS: If you are looking for a community to help you navigate the keto waters, check out Keto Bootstrap. It’s an awesome tribe that I love and they’ve helped me stay the course.

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Easy 20 Minute Taco Boats ~ Keto, Gluten free

Some days you need to get dinner on the table fast! You won't sacrifice flavor or healthy choices with my Easy Keto 20 Minute Taco Boats.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 350kcal
Author The Low Carb Keto Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • OR 3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1 1/2 c shredded cheese
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 6 medium Romaine lettuce leaves

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef just until browned.
  • You can drain the meat if you choose to. Sometimes I do, it just depends on how much fat there is. If you drain the meat, return it to the pan on medium heat.
  • Pour the water in to the meat and add the taco seasoning. Stir all that up really well.
  • Allow the meat mixture to cook for 5 minutes. That allows the excess water to evaporate off.
  • While the meat is simmering, gather up the rest of your fixins. Salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, and whatever else you like on your tacos.
  • Rinse the Romaine leaves and pat them dry. Cut off the bottoms if they are discolored.
  • Arrange the leaves on the plates or a serving platter.
  • Divide the meat up among the leaves and add your choice of toppings.