Low Carb Taquitos Recipe
Craving Mexican food on the keto diet?? Me too! This is an easy keto recipe that will satisfy that Mexican food craving and will come together in less than 15 minutes. Plus, your whole family will love these low carb taquitos – even the kids.
These fried keto taquitos are made using a combination of leftover or pre-cooked shredded chicken, cream cheese, spinach, shredded cheese and some other south of the border flavors. The creamy filling is rolled into a low carb tortilla and fried in avocado oil to produce a crunchy rolled keto chicken taquito. Top with sour cream, salsa or guacamole to complete this easy lunch recipe.
What’s the Difference Between Taquitos and a Flautas?
The main difference between taquitos vs flautas is the type of tortilla used in the recipe. Taquitos are typically made using a corn tortilla while flautas are made using a flour tortilla. I have yet to find a low carb corn tortilla. Maybe they are out there, but for the sake of this recipe, I still call these keto taquitos because that is the more well known term.
This is a great keto recipe to use up any leftover chicken you may have. Often times, I like to meal prep and I will cook up a big batch of shredded chicken in the instant pot early in the week and use it to make keto dinners throughout the week.
Another shortcut for these keto taquitos is to pick up a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the store. You can shred or cut off chunks of chicken and use it for the taquito filling. Some grocery stores will even have pre-cooked, shredded chicken for sale at the deli counter.
Low Carb Tortillas
You can definitely make your own keto tortillas but that is an extra step in this easy keto lunch recipe. Since this is a meal I like to make for my family when we are short on time (like a weeknight keto dinner), I opt to use premade low carb tortillas. You can find these at most grocery stores or you can order the tortillas on line.
At the grocery store the most common brand is Mission Carb Balance Tortillas. These tortillas are soft and look and taste like regular tortillas but they only have 6 grams net carbs in them. They do contain gluten so if you are trying to go gluten-free, don’t get these tortillas.
Another option are these gluten free keto tortillas. These are made by Julian Bakery and are made using plant proteins. They have only 1 gram of net carbs and don’t contain wheat so they are more keto friendly. These keto tortillas are available on Amazon but I haven’t seen them at my local grocery store.
Best Oils for Frying Keto Taquitos
I like to use avocado oil when I fry anything. It has a neutral flavor and a high smoke point. I purchase avocado oil by the gallon because we use it so much in our keto cooking. If you don’t have avocado oil or are allergic to avocados, you can use other cooking oils to fry these crunchy taquitos. Just make sure it has a high smoke point. Some other options you can use are coconut oil, lard, tallow and duck fat.
Chicken Taquito Toppings
We like to top our keto taquitos with sour cream, salsa and guacamole. All of these options are keto approved. Other low carb toppings you can add to your taquitos are lime juice, cilantro and pickled jalapenos. You can even top these crispy taquitos with more cheese and then pop them in the microwave or under the broiler to melt the cheese.
Another tasty option is to pour enchilada sauce over the keto taquitos. This makes the best keto Mexican food dish!