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Low Carb Taquitos (Animal Style)

This Low Carb Taquitos recipe has all the classic “Animal Style” flavors you love from In N’ Out but in delicious taquito form! It’s one of those easy keto recipes that’ll satisfy your fast food cravings, all while keeping it low-carb.

A plate of low carb taquitos with sauce and toppings over a gray marble surface.

Easy Keto Beef Taquitos Recipe

If you’ve been around long enough, you know that I love making low carb recipes “Animal Style.” This easy recipe is similar to my Low-Carb Taco Burger recipe, but instead of tacos, we’re making beef and cheese taquitos! 

These little low carb wraps make for a great snack, an easy lunch recipe, or the perfect keto appetizer. Whether you follow a ketogenic diet or not, the whole family will be drooling over these. You can take my word for it! 

The taquitos are cooked in the air fryer for ultimate quickness and convenience, and if you want to go all out, I recommend caramelizing some onions to place on top. With every bite, you’ll taste layers of beef, cheese, “Animal Style” sauce, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and sweet relish. It’s the bomb.

Close-up of low carb taquitos on a gray plate.

Why You’ll Love It

  • A delicious way for those on a keto or low-carb diet to satisfy their cravings.
  • A great option for meal prep, so you have something tasty every day of the week.
  • You can easily customize your taquitos to make your own delicious creation.
  • It’s an effortless recipe you can make for any meal!

Keto Taquitos Recipe – Featured Ingredients

(Note: These are the recipe’s starring ingredients, but you can find all the ingredients in the recipe card below!)

  • Ground Beef: This is the base of our taquitos, and it’s a great source of protein.
  • Low-Carb Tortilla: You can either buy store-bought low-carb tortillas or make your own keto tortillas with my homemade Keto Tortilla Recipe using my Kaizen lupin flour!
  • Cheddar Cheese: You can’t have taquitos without cheese!
  • Yellow Onion: Caramelizing the onions adds a whole new layer of goodness and will give you a more authentic “animal-style” flavor!
  • Greek Yogurt: Be sure to use thick Greek yogurt, it has more protein than sour cream!
  • Ketchup: This is used to make the “Animal Style” sauce and adds a slight sweetness.
  • White Vinegar: This is a key ingredient in the “Animal Style” sauce and gives it the perfect touch of acidity.
  • Relish: Adding relish to the “Animal Style” sauce is what gives it that signature tang and sweet taste.
  • Monk Fruit Sweetener: For a touch of sweetness to the “Animal Style” sauce while keeping it low carb.
A serving of low carb taquitos in a gray plate with sauce and toppings.

Try This Recipe with My Amazing Keto Tortillas!

Whether you are following a low-carb diet or simply looking for a healthier alternative to store-bought tortillas, my Keto Tortilla Recipe is the real deal. 

Made with my famous Kaizen lupin flour, each tortilla only contains 60 calories and has just 2 net carbs. But don’t let that fool you – these tortillas are packed with 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat, making them a delicious and nutritious option for any meal!

If you have never made homemade tortillas before, don’t worry. This recipe is suitable for beginners and experts alike. The process is simple, and the result is worth it – soft, unbreakable tortillas that are perfect for wrapping all your favorite fillings.

Variations and Substitutions

Ground Beef: These low carb taquitos would taste great with a variety of fillings. Use chicken and make a keto chicken taquito recipe, or if you prefer another cut of beef, you can use cubed steak as well.

Cheddar Cheese: Want to switch up the cheese? Swap cheddar for American cheese slices. Or, you can use a blend of different shredded cheeses.

Greek Yogurt: If you don’t have Greek yogurt, use sour cream instead. It’ll taste just as good! We used Greek yogurt to add a bit more protein to the meal.

Other Topping Ideas: Feel free to add any other toppings that you enjoy on your taquitos, such as jalapeños, diced avocado, lime juice, or even bacon bits. Follow your stomach on this one!

How to Make Low-Carb Beef Taquitos 

The steps are simple, and I’m outlining them below, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view the full, printable recipe card. You can also watch how it comes together in my Instagram reel!

Ingredients for low carb taquitos on a blue cutting board over a gray marble surface.

STEP 1 – SEASON BEEF

Season your ground beef with a couple pinches of salt, fresh cracked pepper, and onion powder. Mix well. We will use about 2 to 2-1/2 ounces of this for our taquitos.

STEP 2 – PREP TAQUITOS

Next, grab your favorite low-carb tortilla, and press 2 ounces of ground beef on top of it to cover almost half of the tortilla. 

Pro Tip: Make sure you press the ground beef until it’s super thin so the taquitos are easy to roll.

Top with 1 slice of thin cheddar cheese, and roll each tortilla into taquitos (you should have about 8-10 taquitos). Then, spray the taquitos with avocado oil and pop ’em into your air fryer at 400°F for 10 minutes.

STEP 3 – PREP TOPPINGS

While your beef taquitos are cooking, you can prepare the toppings: shred the lettuce and dice up the tomato and onion.

STEP 4 – CARAMELIZE ONIONS

Add butter to a pan on medium-low heat. Then add the onion and a couple pinches of salt. Stir frequently until they are caramelized. Be patient, it’s worth it! 

Pro Tip: I like to add about 2 teaspoons of balsamic here to help it get a nice color. When done, turn off the heat and set it to the side.

STEP 5 – MAKE SAUCE

Mix together the Greek yogurt (or mayo), unsweetened ketchup, white vinegar, monk fruit sweetener, smoked paprika, and relish. Mix well, taste, and adjust.

Low Carb Taquitos in a baking pan over a blue cutting board.

STEP 6 – ADD TOPPINGS & SERVE

After 10 minutes in the air fryer, open the air fryer, top the taquitos with 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese, then put them back in the air fryer for about 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove the taquitos, and top with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and the sauce. Grab extra napkins and devour.

ENJOY!

FAQ

Are low carb tortillas really keto-friendly?

When on a low-carb diet, it can be challenging to know what brands to trust. With my Kaizen lupin flour, you can be sure to have a keto-friendly option with only 4 grams of net carbs per tortilla. 

However, if you want to stick with a store-bought option, make sure to check the carb content and percentage listed on the nutrition label. Not all low-carb tortillas are created equal, and some may not be suitable for a strict keto diet. Also, keep in mind that not all store-bought low-carb tortillas are gluten free. 

A plate of low carb taquitos with sauce and toppings.

How will I know when my air fryer taquitos are done cooking?

The cooking time for air fryer taquitos will vary depending on the type of tortillas used and the filling inside. However, a general rule of thumb is that they should be cooked until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Can I make these taquitos ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the taquitos ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, simply reheat them in the air fryer or oven until they are warmed through and crispy.

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Yield: 2-4 servings

Low Carb Taquitos (Animal Style)

A plate of low carb taquitos with sauce and toppings over a gray marble surface.

These low carb taquitos make for a great snack, an easy lunch recipe, or the perfect keto appetizer. With every bite, you'll taste layers of beef, cheese, a copycat In-N-Out "Animal Style" sauce, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and sweet relish. It's the bomb!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 pinches of salt, divided
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 8 to 10 low-carb tortillas (store-bought or homemade)
  • 8 to 10 thin slices of cheddar cheese
  • avocado oil spray
  • lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened ketchup
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon relish
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

    1. Season the ground beef with a couple pinches of salt, fresh cracked pepper, and onion powder. Mix well. You will need about 2-2.5oz of this for each taquito.
    2. Grab your favorite low-carb tortilla, and press down 2 ounces of ground beef to cover almost half of the tortilla (IMPORTANT: you want this to be pressed super thin). Top with 1 slice of thin cheddar or American cheese.
    3. Roll them up and spray them with Avocado oil. Pop into your air fryer at 400°F for 10 minutes.
    4. Shred some lettuce and dice the tomato and yellow onion. Add butter to a pan on medium-low heat. Add the onion and a couple pinches of salt. Stir frequently until they are caramelized. Be patient; it's worth it. I like to add about 2 teaspoons of balsamic here to help it get a nice color. When done, turn off the heat and set aside.
    5. Mix together Greek yogurt, unsweetened ketchup, white vinegar, monk fruit sweetener, smoked paprika, and relish. Taste and adjust if needed. Open the air fryer and top the taquitos with shredded cheese. Put back in the air fryer for about 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
    6. Remove the taquitos, and top with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and the sauce.

Notes

Place the low carb taquitos in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When ready to serve, simply reheat them in the air fryer or oven until they are warmed through and crispy.

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