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Overhead view of a skillet of taco meat with toppings surrounding it

Weeknight Beef Taco Bowls (Low Carb)

  • Author: Chelsea Joy
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Make the taco meat as directed, then pick 4-5 accompaniaments to build a taco bowl! Pro tip: make a double batch of the taco seasoning so you always have some on hand for a quick meal.



For the Taco Meat:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 heaping tablespoon taco seasoning (See below)
  • 4-oz can diced green chiles (optional)

For the Taco Seasoning:

  • 4 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

For the Taco Bowls (all optional - mix and match!):

  • Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Corn tortilla chips — use Siete Foods chips for grain free
  • Refried beans
  • Nacho cheese sauce — use The Honest Stand for dairy free
  • Cotija cheese
  • Sliced black olives
  • Salsa (make your own or get storebought)
  • Quick-pickled red onions
  • Pickled radishes
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Thinly sliced red cabbage
  • Matchsticked fresh radish


  1. If you don't have taco seasoning already prepared, combine all the seasoning ingredients in a sealed container and shake vigorously until fully combined.
  2. Next, make the taco meat. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and use a spatula to break up the meat into smaller bits while it browns, 6-8 minutes. Add the taco seasoning and green chiles, stirring to fully combine.
  3. To build the bowls, pick a base (taco meat, chips, or lettuce) and an additional 4-5 toppings to round out the meal. A couple of our favorites are pictured, but craft something that works for you!

Keywords: taco bowls, beef taco bowls, paleo, low carb, gluten free