We LOVE Mexican and Latin flavors in our family and I probably cook something in this category once a week. Fat and latin spices are a match made in heaven! Here’s a list of 10 of my favorite keto-friendly recipes I have collected over the years from the interwebs for Cinco de Mayo. Please be sure to read my notes. Some of these recipes are #KetoTweaks, and they are not necessarily Mexican but are in that universe of flavor.
15 Keto Cinco de Mayo Recipes To Try
1. Cook’s Illustrated Beef Tacos as posted by A Bountiful Kitchen. This can be made with any ground meat. Try pork!
2. All American Beef Taco. This is an Alton Brown recipe and is tomato-less. Again, use your favorite ground meat here.
3. Provolone Taco Shells. You can also make these in the microwave. Place your provolone on a piece of parchment or silicone mat and nuke it until it is spotty brown. Remove it immediately, and gently use the mat or parchment to fold it taco-shell style. It will hold its shape when cooled and that happens pretty quickly. You can also do what my kids do and leave them flat and cut them into “chips” with a pizza cutter. Just don’t do that on your silicone mat!
4. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas from Damn Delicious. Fix it and please, oh please, don’t forget it. These carnitas are heaven. You may want to skip the orange juice and only use the rinds to cut back on the sugar. Just throw them right in the pot.
5. Coleslaw with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette. This one is from Bobby Flay. You may want to cut back on the carrots in this recipe to save some carbs. Feel free to use bagged coleslaw mix or plain shredded cabbage. Put this at the bottom of a bowl and pile on your favorite Cinco de Mayo-inspired protein.
7. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken from MyRecipes. This is a go-to recipe for busy days. Have made this many a Monday! So easy and versatile. Throw in a block of cream cheese or a scoop of sour cream near the end to add More Fat Please– and creamy deliciousness. Please leave out the honey, no one will notice. Also be sure to use the lowest carb salsa you can find. You also could use a can of Rotel tomatoes.
8. Cheri’s Creamy Southwestern Taco Soup as posted by Linda Genaw. Use beef bone broth if you have it. This is also good with ground pork or sausage. Like with most soups, leftovers are even better the next day.
9. Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole from Kalyn’s Kitchen needs More Fat Please! Use full-fat sour cream, cream cheese, and whole milk mozzarella…although you may have to shred it yourself. I have a hard time finding it pre-shredded. Part-skim is totally fine though. Also, please save yourself a lot of trouble and use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store instead of messing with chicken breasts. By using some or all of the dark meat you will increase the amount of fat in the recipe.
Time Saving Tip on Using Rotisserie Chicken: Pull it apart as soon as you get home. It is SO much easier when the chicken is hot/warm. This would be a good time to shred it or dice it. Put it in the freezer or refrigerate for a few days until you are ready to use it. Then, place the spent carcass (an awful word, but appropriate in this case) in another bag to freeze and use for the bone broth you will make at a later date. If you are feeling adventurous (my family has not totally bought into this idea…but I’ll give them time) you can save the skin and microwave it on parchment or a paper plate as you would bacon for some delicious chips that taste AWESOME dipped in guacamole or other dips. I love keto because it offers so many ways to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your food dollar.
10. Slow-Cooker Texas Chili. This one is from Food Network Magazine and calls for brown sugar. It is totally OK to leave it out. You could also use your favorite keto-friendly sweetener. Not sure which sweeteners are keto-friendly? Check out this post from Dr. Adam Nally (@DocMuscles).
11. Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice. Carolyn Ketchum creates fabulous keto-friendly recipes and this one is no exception. So good and so simple. I am able to get pre-riced cauliflower from Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Publix here in Florida. You can rice your own, but you really need a food processor, and boy do I get tired of cleaning mine :). Plus those little grains end up all over the place! <sigh> #ketoproblems. This, like the coleslaw recipe above, makes a tasty base for a bowl of Cinco de Mayo goodness. Pile any of these other recipes right on top.
12. Rubio’s Chipotle Cream Sauce as posted on Food.com by Spgty21. I have been making this for years and finally can eat it guilt-free now that I am keto. Put it on anything and everything and make sure you use a mayo made with healthy oils (no soybean or other gross vegetable oils). Make your own or use a brand like Chosen Foods. I purchase mine at Costco.
13. The Guac. Here’s another one from Alton Brown. This is one of his most popular recipes. Serve with pork rinds or as a garnish for any other dish!
14. Mexican Frying Cheese from The Spruce. I love this stuff. If you have a panini grill or other countertop grill gathering dust in your cupboard, drag it out and grill this cheese on it. So yummy. In fact, you could grill this cheese with a waffle iron. That would be cute! Top it with salsa, guac, taco meat, and all the fixings and you’ll have yourself a Cinco de Mayo waffle :). Let me know if you try it!
15. Jicama Sticks with salsa or spicy seasoning of your choice. Ok, this is not a recipe, just a serving suggestion. So, while I’m at it, may I suggest the Rubio’s Chipotle Cream Sauce or The Guac.
Happy keto Cinco de Mayo feasting everyone!
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