Low Carb Taco Bites

Low Carb Taco Bites

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My healthy cheeseburger bites recipe is one of the most popular recipes of all time, and it’s about time it got some competition. These low carb taco bites pack spicy beef, creamy salsa, cheddar cheese, and even tortilla chips into individual muffins. I feel they’re a worthy opponent, but I’ll let you be the judge. 

For a nutrition facts comparison, the taco bites have a tiny bit more fat thanks to extra cheese and the tortilla chips. Read: they’re cheesier, crunchier, and worth the extra 20 calories.

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Low Carb Taco Bites Ingredients

This recipe is super easy to make. You can break down the ingredients into two groups:

  1. beef and spices
  2. liquid ingredients and tortilla chips 

liquid taco bites ingredients mixed together in a bowl with the ground beef and crushed tortilla chips on top

The Beef Taco Mix

For the beef, the recipe calls for a blend of spices that’s more flavorful than packaged taco seasoning in my opinion. That said, you’re more than welcome to use a packet of taco seasoning if your spice cabinet is short an ingredient or two. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • black pepper

That’s it! I love spice but have been accused of over-spicing in the past. So, if you wanted to add a little kick, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper. 

tortilla chips crushed in a plastic bag over the liquid taco bites ingredients

The Taco Bites Mixture 

The remaining ingredients are pretty straightforward. I used Tostitos Scoops for the tortilla chips in the recipe. You can use a food processor or a plastic bag to crush the chips before adding. 

In case you’re wondering, you can use any tortilla chips for these taco bites (even the baked Tostitos Scoops). And if you wanted to reduce the carbs even further, use the keto favorite pork rinds in place of tortilla chips

For the remaining ingredients, sour cream should work fine in place of the Greek yogurt, and you can get creative with your cheese selection. What up pepperjack? 

taco bites on a white plate with a bowl of salsa

Final Taco Bites Recipe Notes

As you can see in the recipe photos below, the taco bites completely fill each muffin slot. You could add extra ingredients like onion or peppers, but you won’t have a ton of extra room to work with. You might consider replacing the salsa for your own blend of tomatoes and fresh veggies. 

Okay, that’s about it. If you have recipe questions, feel free to drop a comment at the bottom of this post. And if you make these taco bites, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff. Or you can join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.

holding a taco bite over a plate of 3 more taco bites
4.5 from 14 votes
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Low Carb Taco Bites

Ground beef, cheddar cheese, creamy salsa, and crushed tortilla chips stuffed into individual muffins. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword low carb
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 taco bites
Calories 135 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

Beef Taco Mix (spice blend optional - swap for taco seasoning)

  • 1 lb Ground Beef I used 96/4
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Taco Bites Mixture

  • 3 oz Tortilla Chips finely ground
  • 1 C (245g) Liquid Egg Whites
  • 1/2 C (113g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 C (112g) Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/4 C (60g) Salsa
  • 1/4 C (30g) Sliced Jalapeños optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and spray a 12-muffin tin or silicone mold with nonstick spray.

  2. Cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Use a spatula to finely crumble the beef as it cooks. Towards the end of cooking, add the spices and stir well. Remove to cool.

  3. Place the tortilla chips in a food processor or plastic bag and crush/blend into crumbs. 

    tortilla chips crushed in a plastic bag over the liquid taco bites ingredients
  4. In a large bowl, mix the egg whites, yogurt, salsa, cheddar, and optional jalapeños together. Fold in the cooked beef and tortilla chips. 

    liquid taco bites ingredients mixed together in a bowl with the ground beef and crushed tortilla chips on top
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin mold (about 1/4 cup each).

    a red silicone muffin mold with taco bites inside
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until the taco bites are cooked in the center and begin to pull away from the edges of the muffin mold. 

  7. Serve with salsa, Greek yogurt or sour cream, or your choice of condiments. Refrigerate leftover taco bites in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. (You can also freeze them.)

Recipe Notes

  • Each taco bite has 3 Smart Points.
  • If you'd rather skip the spice blend, you can use 1 packet of taco seasoning (and half a packet of ranch dip mix for extra flavor). 
  • Macros for entire recipe in case you make different sized taco bites: 1,620 calories, 167g protein, 83g carbs, and 67g fat
  • If you'd like smaller taco bites, use a 24-muffin tin or mold like I use in my cheeseburger or low carb pizza bites recipes.
  • You can find the muffin mold I used on my Amazon list.
Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Taco Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 taco bite)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 14g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More Healthy Taco Recipes You Might Like

My easy taco pasta bake is another wildly popular recipe. And if you’re carb conscious, the recipe uses a lower carb pasta to keep things under control for a pasta dish.

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And if you wanna check out my favorite recipe of all time, look no further than my creamy taco soup.

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10 thoughts on “Low Carb Taco Bites”

    • 5 stars
      I would give this more than a 5/5 if possible. This recipe was so simple and the amount of flavor you get in each bite is almost unreal. It was like biting into a full cheeseburger each bite. I will definitely be making these again. I used relish instead of diced pickles and they worked great!

  • 5 stars
    Made these and loved them. They were easy and quick to put together with minimal dishes. I left out the jalepenos but traded the plain tortilla chips for nacho cheese Doritos. I also I didn’t precook the meat and just adjusted baking time. Will be making these again!

  • 5 stars
    This is a staple in our house! We use turkey meat instead of ground beef. I believe it is just as delicious! Also used a low fat Mexican cheese blend to help cut down on the fat. Even my 2 year old eats them (we do not jalapeños in some of them)

  • 5 stars
    Love this recipe. I heat up two and crumble them onto a salad of romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, and whatever else sounds good with a little Bolthouse Ranch and that equals a delicious lunch!

  • 4 stars
    We are big food prepped and these are perfect for that. AND they are toddler friendly. Full disclosure: if you like these you must try out the cheeseburger bites!

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