Dishes, ordering tips and recipes

1. Fajitas

Fajitas are a very hot and popular dish that usually contains sweet peppers and onions, along with a protein such as chicken, beef, or shrimp. It’s served with tortillas, but you can skip it and eat the fajita filling to keep it low-carb.

However, since the carbohydrates from onions build up fairly quickly, it is best to cook a small portion or divide your order into two meals (1).

2. Carne Asada

Carne asada is a marinated and grilled steak dish. The steak itself contains no carbohydrates, but the marinade may provide a trace amount (2).

This dish is available in many Mexican restaurants. You can buy raw, ready-to-grill carne asada from many Mexican markets as well.

3. Ceviche

Ceviche originated in Peru, but you can find it on many Mexican restaurant menus.

This cold dish consists of raw or pre-cooked seafood – usually fish or shrimp – salted in citrus juice and mixed with greens and herbs such as tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. All of these ingredients are low in carbohydrates.

If you make it at home, you can cut the amount of tomatoes and onions in half to reduce the number of carbohydrates (1And the 3).

4. Guacamole

Guacamole is a dip made with mashed avocado, that’s naturally high in fat and fiber and low in net carbs—total carbs minus fiber, which your body doesn’t digest.

Additionally, guacamole may contain small amounts of lemon juice, onion, jalapeño, tomato, or cilantro. Although you should avoid the chips that are usually served with them, Guacamole is well suited to a keto diet (4).

5. Carnitas

Carnitas is a dish of slow-cooked shredded pork. It is usually made from fatty cuts such as pork shoulder, and some of this fat melts during cooking to coat and flavor the meat.

The meat itself doesn’t contain carbs, so it’s an excellent keto-friendly option in Mexican restaurants or made at home (5).

6. Camarones La Diabla

This spicy shrimp dish – a staple in many Mexican restaurants – uses a sauce made from different types of hot peppers (and possibly tomatoes).

It’s low in carbs, but if it’s served with rice and beans, you might want to opt for a salad or a side of guacamole instead—both are keto-friendly and may help ease the heat.

7. Surat Al-Qusour Pork

Taco al Pasteur is made with bacon, which is thin slices of marinated pork. Forget the tortillas and eat the pork on its own or with a side salad for a keto-friendly meal.

8. Chorizo

Chorizo ​​is a Mexican sausage made with beef or pork. They are available either fresh (raw and ground) or dried (dried, ready-to-eat and diced).

All types of chorizo ​​are low in carbs, high in fat, and delicious (6).

9. Queso

“Queso” is a Spanish word meaning “cheese,” but in the United States, this term often refers to a cheese dip.

In many cases, these dips are very low in carbohydrates, although some may contain carbohydrates from milk or starch-based thickeners. Be sure to check the label, ask about ingredients, or make your own low-carb version at home.

My favorite keto-friendly way to enjoy a dip like queso is with pork rinds or homemade tortilla chips made with low-carb tortillas (7).

10. Salsa

This dip is made with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro or various combinations of these ingredients.

The sauce contains small amounts of carbs from tomatoes and onions, but small portions — such as 1-2 tablespoons (16-32 grams) — will add flavor to your meal without ruining the keto diet (8).

11. Beria

Beria is goat meat marinated in various herbs, spices and hot peppers. Some versions can also be made from beef. It is used to make periya sandwiches or a traditional Mexican soup also called periya, which has broth and added sauce, onion or cilantro.

Both soup and meat are good keto options in and of themselves.

12. Taco with tortillas and corn

If you’re flexible in your carb intake, consider traditional cornflake tacos, which have less carbs than flour—about 7 grams of net carbs per mini, 18 grams of tortillas (9).

With careful planning, you may be able to eat a few regular tacos within your daily carb limit.

13. Taco Salad

Taco salads contain lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, meat such as ground beef or chicken, and sometimes other ingredients.

Some may be served in fried taco shells or over tortilla chips, with or without a layer of fried beans on the bottom. You should ditch both the skin and the refried beans to keep it keto-friendly.

14. Huevos a la Mexicana

This breakfast dish consists of scrambled eggs cooked with onions, sliced ​​tomatoes, and fried peppers like jalapeños.

Since it doesn’t contain tortilla chips or tortilla chips, it has much lower carbs than other Mexican breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.

15. Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is a dip and seasoning made with diced tomatoes, chopped onions, and cilantro. In small quantities, they are low in carbohydrates and add bright flavor to rich or high-fat dishes. It is also easy to make at home.

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