If you’re following a low-carb diet or simply want to cut a few carbs from your dinner, you’ll want to add taco tomatoes to your go-to recipe list.
Swapping the hard or soft shell in a traditional taco for tomatoes, these taco tomatoes drastically cut the carbs, but they’re just as easy to make as regular tacos. The recipe is pretty much the same as if you were to make regular tacos, but you stuff tomatoes to create taco tomatoes instead of putting the toppings in a shell.
4 Sons ‘R’ Us has a taco-stuffed tomatoes recipe that calls for everything you like on your tacos — like cheese, sour cream and lettuce. You’ll also need tomatoes, of course, and when you’re shopping, you should try to find big tomatoes, as they’ll be easier to stuff. You can read the full recipe and find tips for making the perfect taco tomatoes at 4 Sons ‘R’ Us.
Of course, you can also make these taco tomatoes vegetarian by using black beans or a plant-based meat alternative, such as Feisty crumbles from Beyond Meat or these meat-free grounds from Raised & Rooted that look just like ground meat.
While beef and ground turkey both have zero carbs, Beyond Meat’s crumbles have 2 grams and Raised & Rooted’s have 9 grams. So, if you’re following a specific diet, like keto, you’ll need to take these extra carbs into account, though it is still fewer carbs than traditional tacos.
You can also try a similar recipe using tomatoes to hold hamburger toppings for these cheeseburger tomatoes.
The recipe is pretty similar to the taco tomatoes, but instead of taco toppings, you’ll just need ground beef, shredded cheese and whatever other burger toppings you like. They can be whipped up in about 20 minutes, so you can make them quickly on a busy weeknight.
There are also plenty of ways to sub in other veggies for low-carb versions of classic meals. These stuffed portobello mushrooms are low-carb and perfect for cool fall and winter nights, and this baked zucchini, spinach and feta dish sounds perfect as a side or even a full meal.
Because it uses slices of zucchini instead of noodles, the lasagna has just 15 grams of carbohydrates and 368 calories per slice. Other than needing to get the moisture out of the zucchini so it doesn’t get soggy, the rest of the recipe is pretty straightforward and goes together like a normal lasagna.
You can even make low-carb desserts, like these strawberry cheesecake popsicles or these bourbon chocolate truffles, made with cocoa powder, avocados, coconut oil, granulated sugar substitute (like the brand In the Raw) and sugar-free chocolate syrup.
Which low-carb recipe will you be making first?