Keto Taco Bell is entirely possible if you’re dedicated enough. The fast food giant has plenty of low-carb options which you can take advantage of to still enjoy some great options while remaining in ketosis.
In this short article, we’re going to take you through some of the best dishes you can have at Taco Bell that are ketogenic friendly and great tasting too.
Taco Bell Nutrition
Taco Bell Keto is still fast-food keto.
Although this is a really fun idea – and it’s pretty awesome that you can actually do this on keto – you’re not getting the best quality ingredients and nutrition from Taco Bell. The ground beef isn’t gluten free, the cheese is processed, etc., etc. – it’s junk food.
If you want to do Keto properly, there’s nothing wrong than doing some home cooking and making sure your give your body a better balance of what it needs.
However, if you fancy this as a keto Taco Bell treat and you want to try it – we have several options that will work with a ketogenic diet.
Keto Taco Bell Recipe
The great thing about Taco Bell is that you can fully customize your order to a perfect keto recipe. This allows you to make several keto-friendly recipes out of your favorite dishes. Just tell the cashier how you want it, and they’ll do the rest.
There are plenty of things that you can add to your meals that can still keep them keto (and yourself satisfied). However, there are some other foods that are come as standard in Taco Bell meals that are not keto that you need to ask for it to come without.
Here’s a quick guide to what you can and can’t use for your Taco Bell order:
Keto Friendly Ingredients
- Fire Grilled Chicken and Steak
- Seasoned Ground Beef
- Shredded Chicken
- Shredded Cheese
- 3 Cheese Mix
- Sour Cream
- Low-Carb Taco Bell Sauces (Listed Later)
Not Keto Friendly Ingredients
- Black Beans
- Tacho Shells
- Red Strips
- Sugary Beverages
This gets all the high-carb options off the table and leaves you with Taco Bell’s low-carb high-fat meal choices.
Keto Taco Bell Sauce
Below are the list of keto-friendly sauces that you could add to your meals:
- Avocado Ranch: 1 gram of carbs
- Creamy Chipotle Sauce: 0 grams of carbs
- Creamy Jalapeno Sauce: 1 gram of carbs
- Guacamole: 1 gram of net carbs
- Nacho Cheese Sauce: 1 gram of carbs
- Red Sauce: 2 grams of carbs
- Spicy Ranch: 1 gram of carbs
As you can see, there are plenty of sauce options at Taco Bell which can help with your ketogenic gains. Quite honestly, we can’t get enough of the spicy ranch.
Taco Bell Low Carb Menu (Drinks)
When it comes to low-carb drinks, there are a selection of beverages you have with your Taco Bell that supports keto.
The hot coffee, iced coffee, unsweetened iced tea, diet Pepsi or just a water. They won’t affect your ketosis at all. Just make sure you’re adding any sugar to those coffees and teas!
There’s also the fountain drinks. Hit any of the zero calorie options on those. They may have no nutritional value – but that means they don’t have any carbs in them either.
However, those fountain sodas are usually packed with artificial colors and flavors – so we do recommend against them.
High Protein Low-Carb Taco Bell
Here are some of our favorite dishes when you’re doing Taco Bell Keto style!
Power Menu Bowl (Steak)
What to ask for: Power Menu Steak Bowl with no beans and no rice.
Nutritional Information: 20g Protein, 16g Fat, 9g Carbs and 260 Calories.
High protein, low carb, amazing taste. The Power Menu Steak Bowl is a great option. It’s got plenty of meat, tasty salsa, high-fat guacamole and low carb vegetables. If you’ve got red meat on your mind and low-carb on your brain this is a great option.
Power Menu Bowl (Chicken)
What to order: Power Menu Chicken Bowl with no beans and no rice.
Nutritional Information: 21g Protein, 15g Fat, 7g Carbs and 250 Calories.
Slightly more protein than the steak bowl, with slightly less calories and 2g more low-carb. The trade off with this option is that there’s a lot less fat – and you don’t get that Taco Bell steak flavor. It’s a much leaner meal choosing white meat over red.
Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller
What to order: Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller without the tortilla.
Nutrition Information: 9g Protein, 11g Fat, 2g Carbs and 140 Calories.
Another light low carb snack option taxing you just 140 calories and 2 grams and carbs for a might 9 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat. The Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller has that great smokey flavor in a fiery combination of chicken, chipotle sauce, and sour cream – without the tortilla. You could get away with adding some salad to this for color, lettuce and tomato would be a good combo here.
Shredded Chicken Burrito
What to order: Shredded Chicken Burrito without the tortilla and without rice.
Nutritional Facts: 8g Protein, 14g Fat, 2g Carbs and 160 Calories.
The Shredded Chicken Burrito is a lean option served on that creamy avocado sauce and cheddar cheese. Without the tortilla and rice, it’s hella low-carb and gets served to you in a bowl. There’s only 2 grams of carbs in this option and a staggering 8 grams of protein with 14 grams of fat by comparison.
Steak Fresco Burrito Supreme
What to order: Steak Fresco Burrito Supreme without the tortilla and no beans. (Option: Add cheese)
Nutritional Info: 8g Protein, 2g Fat, 6g Carbs and 70 Calories.
Another low-carb, high protein, ground beef recipe from Taco Bell. Red sauce with beef, salad and pico de gallo. The only drawback with this order is that they remove the cheese because it’s a Fresco order – but you can add that back on if you really want it. It’s still low carb, the cheese is just going to add more fat.
Crunchy Taco (Steak)
What to order: Steak Crunchy Taco.
Nutrition (with shell): 10g Protein, 7g Fat, 11g Carbs and 150 Calories.
Nutrition (without shell): 9g Protein, 4g Fat, 2g Carbs and 80 Calories.
We’ve put both options here for the Steak Crunchy Taco: with and without the shell. If you’re being super strict, just eat the filling and save yourself from 9 grams of carbs and 70 additional calories. It’s crazy low carb for keto Taco Bell. However, if you really want that shell – we listed those details too.
Crunchy Taco (Fire Grilled Chicken)
What to order: Chicken Crunchy Taco
Nutrition Facts (with shell): 11g Protein, 7g Fat, 11g Carbs and 140 Calories.
Nutrition Facts (without shell): 10g Protein, 3.5g Fat, 1g Carbs and 80 Calories
A low carb white meat keto option from Taco Bell. Leaner than the steak option and even comes with more protein – but you do get less delicious fats from it though. Still a decent trade-off that you could always top up with some additional cheese.
That about covers the main keto meals at Taco Bell – now let’s look at those low carb salads when you remove that pesky shell!
Taco Bell Taco Salad: Carbs Without Shell
Thought you were going to get through this article without us mentioning Taco Bell salads’ carbs without the shell? Think again.
They’re pretty low carb – but not as much as some of the other meals that are in our list. Here are the best keto Taco Bell salads.
Fiesta Taco Salad (Chicken)
What to order: Fiesta Taco Salad with chicken without rice, beans, red strips or the shell.
Nutritional Value: 21g Protein, 9g Fat, 10g Carbs and 210 Calories.
From 75 grams to a low carb 10. Removing all of the Keto unfriendly products from the Taco Bell Chicken Fiesta Taco salad takes 65 grams of carbs off and gives you a serious low carb keto meal. The salsa only adds 4 carbs too if you need that extra zing and keeps it all low carb.
Fiesta Taco Salad (Steak)
What to order: Fiesta Taco Salad with steak without the rice, beans, red strips or shell
Nutrition: 21g Protein, 10g Fat, 12g Carbs and 220 Calories.
Add a little more carbs and a touch more fat, and 10 more calories to what you’d get with the chicken salad and you too can have the keto friendly low carb Steak Fiesta Taco Salad. It’s full of vegetables and with that salsa it’s a great option if you’re in a red meat mood.
Finally, let’s look at the keto breakfast options:
Keto Taco Bell BreakFast
There’s only one low-carb option we thought worked best for a Keto Taco Bell breakfast: the Mini Skillet Bowl.
It’s still a nice addition and a great option if you need an early morning keto fix.
Mini Skillet Bowl
What to order: Mini Skillet Bowl without potatoes.
Nutrition Facts: 4g Protein, 7g Fat, 3g Carbs and 90 Calories.
In our minds, this is the best low carb breakfast option at Taco Bell. Walk yourself through a Mini Skillet Bowl; eggs, salsa, nacho cheese and full flavor. This is a super low carb option with just 3 grams of carbs and 90 calories in total. Just ask the cashier to leave the potatoes behind and it makes a fantastic keto snack.
Keto Taco Bell Menu | Summary
There are plenty of options if you want to eat keto while visiting Taco Bell. With the proper customization you can make plenty of low carb options to help you get your fill.
Although it’s not the healthiest option for a keto option, it can work well for a quick keto breakfast, keto lunch, keto dinner or any other low carb Taco Bell option the situation may call for.