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You may think that practically eliminating carbs and eating all the fat is impossible to do in the world of drive-thru tacos and tortillas—but hold onto your guacamole, people, because keto Taco Bell is totally doable.
Actually, it’s almost (dare I say) easy. I mean, Taco Bell is so all over the keto trend that they’re even coming out with seasoned, packaged Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps.
As long as you’re willing to make a few substitutions (adios, wheat tortillas), you can roll out of your favorite Mexican fast food joint with a completely keto-friendly meal, whether for breakfast, a late-night snack, or anything in between.
Here’s how to do it: First, skip taco shells, tortillas, rice, and beans. Then, pile on extra protein, plus cheese, sour cream, and guacamole for fats, says nutritionist Gabrielle Mancella RD, LDN.
You could call it a day right then and there, but don’t. “It’s always best to add toppings that maximize nutrient intake,” Mancella says. Basically, don’t skimp on the veggies, guys.
“Romaine lettuce and tomatoes are wonderful because they add texture and flavor without any additional sugars,” Mancella says. Whatever your order, make sure to top it off with some color (and not just the color of cheese).
Otherwise, just beware that your keto Taco Bell order will likely rack up the sodium. (The steak power bowl contains a whopping 1,190 milligrams of the stuff.) Not ideal, but not a huge biggie if you watch the salt throughout the rest of the day and don’t hit up the drive-thru on the reg.
Next time you do get a hankering, though, go with one of these nutritionist-approved keto Taco Bell orders and soak up the spice.