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10 Keto-Friendly Mexican Recipes You Can’t Resist
1 Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
Kick-start your Cinco de Mayo celebration by serving jalapeño poppers stuffed with a cream cheese-spinach dip and wrapped in bacon. To save some time, stuff and wrap the jalapeños the day before your party, then pop them in the oven about 15 minutes before your guests arrive for an easy, spicy treat. While jalapeño peppers are known for their heat, you can bring the spice down a couple of notches by removing the seeds and rinsing the chilis with cold water. Pro tip: Wear plastic or latex gloves when working with fresh chilis, and clean your hands with soap and water when you’re finished to avoid potential burns from residual chili oil.
2 Spicy Shrimp Keto Fajitas
Sizzling shrimp fajitas are always a hit, and shrimp are a good source of protein, which makes them a great addition to your keto-approved Mexican feast. Toss in a few colorful, vitamin C-packed bell peppers along with onions and chilies and you have a delicious low-carb main. (We promise, no one will miss the side of tortillas.) The heat in these shrimp fajitas comes from ground chipotle peppers, which have a distinctive smoky flavor. If spicy food is not your thing, feel free to substitute a chili powder that packs less heat, such as ground California chili powder
3 Nopales Keto Salad
The wide, flat parts of the prickly pear cactus, called nopales, happen to offer a host of health benefits. Apart from helping to reduce blood sugar levels, nopales have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can turn chopped-up nopales into a salsa, and serve that with pork rinds for a fun, keto-friendly take on chips and salsa. Or try stirring strips of nopales into your scrambled eggs to supercharge your breakfast. But if you want to stick to tradition, you can serve the cactus paddles in a salad with chopped onion, tomato, serrano chilies and cilantro.
4 Ground Beef Keto Tacos
Who says you can’t have tacos while living the keto life? To make these Tex-Mex ground-beef tacos low-carb, we’ve swapped the typical corn taco shells for crispy taco shells made entirely of cheese. It may sound complicated, but they are incredibly quick and easy to make. All you need is a good nonstick pan and shredded cheese spread into a circle. Once the cheese starts to melt and the edges start to brown, shape the “taco” by laying it over the handle of a wooden spoon.
5 Keto Steak Salsa Verde
Steak salsa verde is a simple, traditional, home-cooked Mexican dish with big flavors. The beauty of this dish, aside from it being high in protein, is that it comes together quickly, whether you are making dinner for two or you’re feeding a crowd. And while nothing beats thin strips of tender grilled beef accompanied by a homemade salsa verde, if you’re looking to save time in the kitchen, canned green enchilada sauce can be used in a pinch.
6 Keto Carnitas Salad
Traditionally, Mexican carnitas are slow-cooked in lard in a large copper pot over a wood-burning fire. But for this recipe we’re keeping things quick and easy by using leftover shredded pork from Sunday’s pot roast and simply frying it up in a pan with a little bit of lard for that traditional flavor. Serve the carnitas over salad greens and get creative with toppings — some of our favorites include creamy avocado, crunchy pumpkin seeds and salty queso fresco.
7 Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice doesn’t have to be plain or boring. This tangy and delicious side dish stands up to regular rice, and you can serve it alongside all your Mexican favorites. Add a little onion and garlic to the water used to cook the cauliflowerrice, much like how it’s done in traditional Mexican rice recipes, to build complex flavor. Another trick to keep your taste buds happy:
8 Keto Cauliflower Arroz con Pollo
The literal translation of “arroz con pollo” is rice with chicken, and throughout Latin American countries it’s the epitome of comfort food. Making arroz con pollo at home is typically easy, but this keto-friendly version might be even easier to make, seeing that it substitutes finely chopped cauliflower for long-grain rice.
9 Keto Tortilla Soup
Known as Sopa Azteca, this rich tortilla soup features a flavorful broth made with chicken, tomato and dried ancho and guajillo chilies. While the soup is traditionally garnished with fried tortilla strips, you can easily swap in pork rinds to make this classic Mexican dish more keto friendly. Arrange bowls with all the garnishes buffet-style on the table so your guests can add as much or as little of their favorite toppings as they want, and don’t be afraid to top this soup with a generous dollop of Mexican crema or sour cream.
10 Avocado Keto Salsa Verde
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