Crispy Taco Cheese Cups Are A Great Low Carb Snack!

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These Taco Cheese Cups will be the absolute star of the show at your next party or family get-together. Cute, delicious, and low in carbs making them the perfect snack too! They will absolutely satisfy your Mexican food cravings!

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Taco Cheese Cups

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

These crispy cheddar cheese cups are the perfect solution when you are craving tacos, but don’t want all of the carbs that come with them.

The cups are made really simply using a little mound of Cheddar cheese, which is melted in the oven and then allowed to cool very slightly before being formed over inverted muffin tins!

They are then filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and topped with a blob of sour cream and some chopped fresh tomatoes and green onions. Chopped avocado would work well too.

Taco cheese cups make a great party appetizer, as well as a starter before a Mexican feast! They’d also work well as a dish to bring to a potluck.

Cooked Taco Meat

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProduceGreen Onion (Scallion/Spring Onion), Tomato, Lime
  • Protein Ground Beef (Beef Mince)
  • DairyCheddar Cheese, Sour Cream
  • Ground Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chili Powderuse mild or hot depending on your personal tastes and spicy heat preference!

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Recipe for Low Carb Taco Cups

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Low Carb Taco Cheese Cups Recipe

How Do I Make Taco Cheese Cups?

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How To Make Low Carb Taco Cheese Cups

Taco Cheese Cups

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Taco Cheese Cups will be the absolute star of the show at your next party or family get-together.


  • 12 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 12 oz (340g) ground beef
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 scallion (green onion/spring onion), sliced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  2. Spoon shredded cheddar cheese onto the prepared baking sheet using 1 tablespoon per mound. Lightly spread out, leaving 2-3 inches between each mound. You will be able to bake 6 at a time on a standard baking sheet.
  3. Bake until the cheese rounds are melted in the center and the edges begin to brown. Set aside to cool for 1-2 minutes but do not let harden.
  4. Lift each melted cheese rounds with a spatula and press on the back of an inverted muffin tin to form cups. The cheese will be very pliable while warm.
  5. Allow the cheese to cool and firm up before removing the "cups" from the muffin tins.
  6. While the cheese cups are hardening, add the olive oil to a medium pan over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is nicely browned. Drain any excess fat.
  7. Add cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and 2 tablespoons of water to the pan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, just until the spices become fragrant, and the meat is nice and juicy. If necessary, add an additional tablespoon of water to obtain the proper consistency.
  8. Fill the cheese cups with taco beef, chopped tomato, scallion, and a teaspoon of sour cream per cup. Squeeze in some lime juice over the top and enjoy!

    How To Make Low Carb Taco Cheese Cups
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 805Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 251mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 73g

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