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Cheese Shell Tacos

This recipe is a low-carb twist on traditional tacos. Instead of using tortillas, cheese is melted and formed into a taco shell shape. The shells are then filled with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, and other taco toppings.

Tasty Team
85% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Cheese Shell Tacos

Under 30 minutes


for 4 servings


  • 3 cups cheddar cheese (300 g), or cheese of choice, freshly shredded

Beef Taco Filling

  • 1 lb ground beef (455 g)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ⅓ cup water (80 mL), if needed

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 579
  • Fat 36g
  • Carbs 14g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 44g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. Freshly shred the cheese. Place your cheese in neat piles on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes, until all the individual shreds melt into one disc. Be careful not to let the cheese color too much.
  4. Once they are all melted, let them cool for 2 minutes on your baking sheet, then lift them onto paper towels to blot off any excess grease.
  5. To form the shells, lay them over a propped up utensil. (Or you can use anything in your kitchen, a wide bowl or saucepan could work too!) Set these aside to cool.
  6. To make the taco filling, brown the ground beef on high heat. Make a well in the center, add in the onion, jalapeños, garlic, and sprinkle in the taco seasoning packet. Stir to combine. Add water if you need it for a nice saucy filling.
  7. Use a fork to hold your cheese shell in place and fill with the beef mixture, and toppings of your choice.
  8. Enjoy!
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Cheese Shell Tacos