KETO RECIPE: DIY Seasonings

When I started Keto I did a overhall of my entire Kitchen. Anything that wasn’t Keto, was out! I started with the fridge- getting rid of sugar rich condiments and that non-keto ice cream in the back of my freezer. Then I went through my pantry and donated any canned goods that no longer fit in my lifestyle. It was like I had a brand new kitchen with lots of space in my pantry. Now I only buy food I like and will eat and is, of course, Keto.

One thing we don’t think about when creating a Keto Kitchen is our spice rack. True, most spice mixes don’t have any sugar, but all of this extra room in my pantry gave me the idea to make my own spice mixes.

Don’t have Taco Seasoning, Chili Lime Seasoning, Everything Seasoning? No worries, I’ve got you covered.

Chili-Lime Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Pinch Salt

    In a small bowl, mix the ingredients and season with salt. This recipe yields about 2 tablespoons of seasoning. Keep the extra in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also add Cayenne Pepper if you like it spicier.


Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Pinch Salt

    If you use taco seasoning a lot, you can make a larger batch and store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.


Italian Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • Pinch Salt

    You can also add a teaspoon of dried sage if you like.


Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons white and black sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

    Once you have mixed the seasoning together, Toast the seasoning. Add the seasoning mix to a dry skillet, stir continuously and cook until the sesame seeds are lightly toasted and fragrant.


These Seasonings are featured in the Big Book of Keto, my cookbook, along with 200 more Easy Keto Recipes.

KETO RECIPE: Taco Trio

Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday or really tacos any day of the week?! Cheese shells make keto-friendly tacos super fun and easy. It’s super quick to prep all of the ingredients and then my daughter Kaia and I have so much fun constructing our tacos. We both like our tacos a little different so I prep a variety of fillings and toppings for us to choose from.

Sometimes I just make one variety of tacos, but last Taco Tuesday, I made 3 different kinds!

  • Breakfast Tacos

  • Traditional Tacos

  • Cheeseburger Tacos

The breakfast and cheeseburger taco recipes are featured in my second cookbook, The Big Book of Keto. The cheese shells are the same kind of idea as the cheese chips I often make for cheese chips and quac, but with a bigger piles of cheese.

Cheese Taco Shells

You will Need:

  • 1/3 cup of blended Mexican Cheese for Each Taco Shell you want to make.

  • Silicone Baking Sheet or Parchment Paper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  2. Add 1/3-cup mounds of shredded cheese to the pan, leaving plenty of space between them. Bake until the edges are brown and the middle of each has fully melted, about 7 minutes.

  3. Set the pan a the cooking rack. Quickly, Bend the shells into a taco shape. I like to use the edge or a storage container lined with parchment paper. You can get creative with what you want to bend them over. As they cool, they will harden.

Breakfast Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee

  • 4 large eggs

  • Shredded Rotisserie Chicken or Chopped Bacon, optional

  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Dash of hot sauce

  • 1 avocado, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a skillet, heat the butter over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in the eggs and heavy cream, and season with salt, pepper, and a little hot sauce.

  3. Scramble the eggs.

  4. Fill the cheese shells with the scrambled eggs, bacon or chicken, and top with the avocado and cilantro.


Traditional Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 onion, diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

  • Hot sauce

  • 6 Halved Grape Tomatoes

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring regularly, until fully cooked.

  2. Construct you tacos! Take a fully cooled taco shell and go crazy. In traditional Tacos, I like lettuce, cheese, and halved grape tomatoes and hot sauce.


Cheeseburger Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 onion, diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil mayonnaise, I like Primal Kitchen.

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1/4 cup pickle slices

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring regularly, until fully cooked.

  2. Construct you tacos! Take a fully cooled taco shell and go crazy. For the Cheeseburger Tacos, Stuff the cheese shells with the beef, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard, and pickle slices.

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