Keto diet

Cheese taco mussels (ready in 60 seconds!)

This cheese taco shell recipe uses a microwave to make delicious, crispy containers for all of your favorite toppings!

These are great for Taco Tuesday and the kids will love them too.

Low-carb taco shells are gluten-free and come together in just a few minutes.

Step 1. Cheese circles

On a microwaveable plate lined with parchment paper, add your cheese and shape it into a circle. Try to make it about the size of a tortilla.

Low carb cheese shell

If you find that your parchment paper is curled up and causing problems, crumple it before you begin. This makes the paper more pliable and easier to manipulate.

Pro tip: Sprinkle the cheese with taco seasoning for even more flavor!

Step 2. Microwave

Microwave cheese bowl

As soon as your cheese is shaped to your liking, place the cheese in the microwave for about 40-60 seconds. It depends on the power of your microwave.

At first the cheese melts, but eventually it becomes firm and crispy.

Crispy cheese

Keep a close eye and remove your cheese bowl from the microwave if the edges start to brown and get crispy.

Step 3. Form

Formed taco shell

Immediately after removing it from the microwave, bend the parchment paper to shape the cheese into a taco shape.

Secure it between two solid objects – I use two bottles of olive oil. It is important that you do this before it cools completely.

Keto taco shell

After about a minute, the keto taco shell hardens and forms the low-carbohydrate “crispy taco shell”.

Step 4. Topping

Cheese bowl taco

After your taco shell has hardened, it should be able to withstand all of your favorite toppings without any problems.

I make mine like Taco Bell with seasoned taco meat with cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, and sour cream. I complete it with taco sauce, of course!

By the way, did you know that Taco Bell also offers low-carb options? When I’m out and about, I sometimes swing past the drive-thru and grab a protein bowl.

Completed Cheese Shell Taco

Can I do this in the oven?

Yes, but it will take a little longer. You also need to be extra careful shaping them as you will need to remove them from the parchment.

I highly recommend reading my recipe for crispy cheddar chips if you decide to go for the oven.

How do I make multiple bowls in the microwave?

Unfortunately, you have to make these babies one at a time. But the good news is that it takes almost no time!

Simply wipe your parchment with a paper towel between batches and repeat the process. The paper towel soaks up excess oil and keeps pollution to a minimum.

Taco variations

If you’re looking for something other than a typical taco, switch it through:

  • Swap ground beef for chicken or pulled pork
  • Adding various crispy greens like romaine, arugula, coriander or spinach
  • Try garlic aioli, chipotle mayo, or even Greek yogurt instead of taco sauce

Taco cheese shell recipe

Cheese taco bowl

by Geracia’s house

Nothing compares to a crispy cheese taco bowl heaped with all of your favorite toppings!

Preparation time 1 Minimum

cooking time 1 Minimum

total time 2 min

course Main course

kitchen Mexican

Servings 1 person

Calories 100 kcal


  • ¼ Cheddar cheese shredded
  • On a microwaveable plate lined with parchment paper, add cheese and shape into tortilla size.

  • Microwave for 40-60 seconds until the cheese is lightly golden and crispy.

  • Immediately after removing from the microwave, form the bowl between two solid objects. Let cool for about a minute.

  • When the shell has hardened, put all of your favorite toppings on it.

  • Enjoy!

Less than 1g net carbohydrates per serving

Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5GProtein: 7thGFat: 9G

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This recipe is so simple and serves as a great base for all of your favorite flavors.

Since the only ingredient is cheese, these only make 0.5g net carbohydrates per serving.

Customize it to your exact taste and fill it with the ingredients you have on hand.

What would you put in your keto cheese taco bowl?

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