Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

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When I first made my keto tortillas I found the dough hard to roll as it kept tearing apart. I don't give up and I kept adjusting the recipe. Using whole psyllium husks and ground chia seeds and leaving the dough to rest for at least half an hour helped making it very flexible. You can roll the dough out until paper thin without it tearing apart.

This dough is versatile: you can make tortillas, tortilla bowls, taco shells and nachos - all from the same dough! The only difference is the cooking style - some are made in the oven, some on a pan. You can cook them until lightly browned but still flexible (tortillas) or until crispy (nachos).

Here are the meals you can create using the same dough:

Tortillas: I always have some of my keto tortillas at hand. They are great when you're busy and have little time to cook. Simply add any filling you like and wrap it up. Try smoked salmon & cream cheese, pulled pork with avocado, shredded chicken, tuna & home-made mayo with freshly cut vegetables. With tortillas you can also make burritos, enchiladas or quesadillas. Those of you who have my iPad or iPhone apps: Make sure you try Best Keto Enchiladas using my Essential Keto Crepes! or these keto tortillas.

Tortilla Bowls: Great with Guacamole (easy avocado salad, recipe is in the KetoDiet apps) or any of your favourite salads.

Taco Shells: Great when filled with meat, avocado & freshly chopped vegetables and topped with soured cream or grated cheddar cheese (recipe coming soon!). If you can do dairy, check out these amazingly simple and delicious Cheddar Taco Shells from DJ Foodie!

Tortilla chips / Nachos: Nachos are perfect snacks for the upcoming Super Bowl! I like them with Guacamole, soured cream dip (soured cream, finely chopped chives or spring onion), cheese & jalapeño dip (cream cheese, grated Manchego cheese, finely chopped jalapeño peppers and hot sauce) or green salsa.

I wanted to show you how easy it is to make my tortillas so I created this quick video - I hope you like it :-)

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Nutritional values (per tortilla)

1.5 grams 5.7 grams 5.1 grams 14 grams 3.1 grams 165 calories
Total Carbs7.3grams
Fiber5.7grams
Net Carbs1.5grams
Protein5.1grams
Fat14grams
of which Saturated3.1grams
Calories165kcal
Magnesium74mg (19%)
Potassium194mg (10%)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4%), protein (13.3%), fat (82.7%)

Ingredients (makes 10 tortillas)

Dry ingredients:
Wet ingredients:
Optional seasonings:
  • 1 tsp paprika + 1/4 tsp chili powder (+ 0.1 g net carbs per serving) OR
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder + 1/2 tsp garlic powder (+ 0.2 g net carbs per serving, my favourite!!!) OR
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder + 1/4 tsp ground cumin + 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (+ 0.1 g net carbs) OR
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano + 1/2 tsp dried basil + 1/2 tsp dried thyme + 1/4 tsp dried lemon zest or 1 tsp fresh lemon zest (+ 0.1 g net carbs per serving) OR
  • 1/4 cup pesto (only use 3/4 cup water). You can try my Red Pesto (+ 0.3 g net carbs per serving) or green Paleo Avocado Pesto (+ 0.6 g net carbs per serving)

Make sure you use a kitchen scale for measuring all the dry ingredients. Using just cups may not be enough to achieve best results, especially in baked goods. Weights per cups and tablespoons may vary depending on the product/ brand or if you make you own ingredients (like flaxmeal from flaxseeds). You can make 10 regular tortillas (8 inch / 20 cm), or 5 large tortillas (12 inch / 30 cm). If you roll them out really thin, you can make up to 12 regular tortillas.

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Instructions

  1. Place the flaxmeal, coconut flour, almond flour and psyllium husks into a bowl.
    For best results make sure you use whole psyllium husks. Using whole husks makes the tortillas more compact and flexible. This is different from my Ultimate Keto Buns where you need to use psyllium husk powder. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos
  2. Add any of your favourite seasonings. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos
  3. Add the ground chia seeds. To grind them, use a blender and pulse until powdered. I prefer using my Bamix immersion blender with the dry mill because it's easy to clean. Pour in the water and mix until well combined using your hands. If needed, add a few more tablespoons of water. Be careful not to use too much, or the dough will get too sticky and difficult to roll. Let the dough rest in the fridge or on the kitchen counter for up to an hour. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos
  4. Remove from the fridge and cut the dough into 6 equal pieces. Place a piece of the dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll out until the dough is very thin. Alternatively, use a nonstick silicon covered roller and a silicon mat like I did. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos
  5. Use a 20 cm / 8 inch lid or bowl to cut out the tortillas. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos
  6. Repeat with the remaining dough and the cut-offs until you get 10 tortillas. If you have any dough left, use it for making nachos. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

To make Tortillas:

Preheat a heavy-bottom pan greased with just 1 teaspoon of ghee or lard. Place the tortillas, one at a time, on top of the hot pan and cook over a medium heat on one side for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Turn on the other side and cook for 30-60 more seconds. Don't overcook or the tortillas will become too crispy and will lose their flexibility. Grease more when needed and repeat for the rest of the tortillas. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

To make Tortilla Bowls:

Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F. Place the raw tortillas over a small heat-resistant bowl lined with baking paper and fold the edges round it to create a bowl shape. Lining the bowl is very important to prevent the dough from sticking. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

To make Taco Shells:

Cut small pieces of baking paper and place the tortillas on top. Place over a grid in the oven and turn the oven on. Make sure you make them wide enough so you can later fit the filling. Cook until the oven reaches 200 °C/ 400 °F and then cook for further 5-8 minutes or until crispy.
Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos First time I made them, they were quite narrow (see below) so I now use one more grid to fit more filling in without breaking the shell. Once you have your taco shells done, you can use them in this recipe: Best Keto & Paleo Tacos Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

To make Tortilla chips / Nachos:

Roll out the dough and use a knife to cut triangular shaped nachos. Place on a pan greased with ghee or lard and cook on a medium heat for ~ 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Unlike tortillas, you should make the nachos crispy. You can also follow this recipe if you prefer to make them in the oven. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos When done, leave them to cool down. To prevent the tortillas from getting too dry, place in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the fridge for up to a week, or you freezer for up to 3 months. Best Keto & Paleo Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Thank you for this recipe. I have made it twice now using onion and garlic powder and we find them tasty. I am learning to roll them out very thinly and I do get 10 regular tortillas with some dough left over. You're recipes help us keep our carbs down in a healthy and tasty way. Thanks again!

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Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed!

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Is there anything that can be subbed for flax meal in your recipes since it is now known as a hormone disrupter?

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I'm afraid not, it's the key ingredient. Flax is not a hormone disruptor or at least is not an issue unless you eat large amounts and you have specific health issues: Is Flaxseed Healthy? Safety Concerns, Benefits & Recommendations

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Do you think I could use a tortill a press instead of rolling them out?

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Hi Sarah, check out some of the comments below - yes, I think someone else tried it.

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I have the husk powder, is it possible to make them with that? I wanted to try these this week but I have to order the husk because I live in a 1 stop light town.  Will it work or do I need to wait for the husk?

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I'm sorry for the delayed response. You can use the powder too - just halve the amount. I hope this helps!

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Absolutely loved working with this recipe. Turned out just like photo. Love your recipes, did three different items and all turned out beautifully. I do use a scale. Thank you for being such an awesome resource as I begin this journey❤️

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Thank you Wendy I'm glad you enjoyed!

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I tried to make a batch of these last night, but the dough looked too dry so I added an extra 2 T water. However, when I tried rolling them out between two pieces of parchment paper (after about 2 hours in the fridge), I could only get them to about 7 inches in diameter max, and they were so thin they stuck to the parchment paper and tore when I tried to pull them off. I ended up scraping them off and starting again, Could this have been from the extra water?
I re-rolled them again, making them a bit thicker and smaller (about 6") and they did much better, however at that thickness, they were more like a nann bread than a tortilla. I added the onion and garlic powder and they had a good flavor. I ended up making four "tortillas" and used the rest to make some baked crackers.
I think I'll try again and stick with the 1 cup of water and see if that makes a difference. They were still good with my egg salad and avocado though!

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Hi Regina, I don't think it's the water because the ingredients are very absorbent so 2 tablespoons won't make a difference, especially after you leave it in the fridge. Did you use a kitchen scale to weight the ingredients? I always use a kitchen scale just in case because the weights may vary between brands. It sounds like it needs more flax meal but it's hard to tell. I actually use a similar recipe to make crackers: Keto Cheesy Party Crackers

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Martina,these are amazing! I posted a picture on your site. my only question is can we freeze them? if yes, can they be rolled out and frozen? I could place parchment paper between each one if needed . I am trying to save myself some time 😊 thank you for all your hard work. I love many of your recipes and look forward to trying so many more . I love cooking the keto lifestyle!!! you rock!!!

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Kim, thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, these can be frozen. Once cooked, let them cool down, wrap and freeze. Placing parchment paper in between is a great idea! Or you can even freeze the uncooked dough in batches - then defrost and roll out to cut out the tortillas.

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These turned out perfectly!  I made tortillas twice and have used them as wraps.  Easy to roll out using 2 silicone sheets.  I used Psyllium powder since that is what I had, cut the amount in half, and they still came out great.  Thank you!

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A great site. Will try the buns and tortilla recipes. Thanks heaps.

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Hi Martina,
I am working on reversing my Type 2 Diabetes, just found your site and want to thank you for all your great recipes!! I love having the weights for ingredients, takes the guesswork out and being from Texas appreciate the alternative to corn tortillas as I'm not eating any grains.
I made these for the first time today and they turned out fantastic! Easy to roll out and so tasty, better than corn tortillas. I don't do well with almonds so used hazelnut flour and it worked perfectly!
Can't wait to try some of your other recipes! Jennifer

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Thank you for your lovely feedback, Jennifer!

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I'm interested in making your tortillia shells as have tried another recipe of someone's before and found it disasterious.  They fell apart and tasty nasty. I will try these ones but have a quick question.  Did you find there was any kind of coconut taste to the shells?  I used a small amount of coconut flour in some pancakes that I made recently and although they were nice for breakfast there was a strong coconut flavour to them.  I find the same thing when I use coconut oil as well for stirfying even though another friend of mine can't taste it at all.  
Just wondering before I go about buying all the ingredients to try them.  Thanks!!!!

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Hi Tracey, I don't think they taste of coconut but this may depend on your palate. You could always try to substitute it with a little more almond flour and/or flax meal. There are some suggestions for amounts to be substituted in the comments below. I hope this helps!

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Hi, I want to try your recipe I just want to know if I can use a tortillas maker.  Thanks

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Hi Linda, I haven't tried it but based on feedback it seems to work great. The only downside is that they may end up being too crispy so keep an eye on them 😊

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Hello, I am excited to try this recipe, but I’m allergic to almonds. Do you have any suggestions for an Almond Flour substitute?

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Hi Andrea, yes you can use more flax meal (check the comments below for more details).

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I just chanced upon your website as I was searching for keto diet. I have hypothyroid for almost 20 years, and I have maintained my weight by eating mindfully thru the years. Recently, I have hit menstruation and have have gained some weight. Losing weight is not easy anymore for me despite eating carefully. So, I started LCHF and intermittent fasting and have lost 6 kgs in last 3 months.I would like to try keto, and being an Indian vegetarian (no meats and no eggs) doing keto seems to be almost impossible. I am still researching...and trying out stuff from various resources. But for keto beginners like me,  this website is the most comprehensive and best site I have found so far. Please add recipes without egg and mushroom for people like me...That's why I am not buying the books yet, however I am downloading the app for now. Thank you so much for making the website...

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Madhavi, Thank you for your kind words and for downloading my app! You can find all vegetarian, egg-free recipes here: KetoDiet Blog: Recipes (simply use the filtering tool and select your preferences). I hope tis helps!

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Hi Madhavi! Perhaps you can be a “trail blazer” and help others in your situation to find Keto Indian Fare!  I cook Indian quite often and would be happy to follow you. Have you checked out My Heart Beets? I don’t think she’s keto but  Ashley is Indian with many great recipes. Good luck!

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For Indian Keto recipes, I highly recommend Headbanger's Kitchen. He's a heavy metal musician who lives in Mumbai and posts great keto recipes. (Being Indian, you need a weight scale for his recipes). Here's his Youtube channel, all of his recipes link to his website.
www.youtube.com/user/HeadbangersKitchen

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I don't have psyllium husks on hand, think I could sub with more chia seeds? Excited to try this recipe!

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Hi Molly, yes you can use more ground chia seeds or flax meal.

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i thought the calories seemed kind of high and when i entered them into fitness pal recipe creator it came out to only 100 calories per tortillas. Any reason why? i love this app and all the recipies by the way!

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Hi Theressa, the reason for differences in nutrition facts is that most apps and websites use crowdsourcing to build their food databases and there isn't much they do to prevent errors. Their priority is quantity rather than quality. As a result, you may end up with missing or inaccurate macros. I explained more about what we do in our app to prevent this in this post: Barcode Scanning and Food Database in the KetoDiet App
We use verified sources so our calculations are accurate (this includes my books). I hope this helps!

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Great tortilla recipe!!

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Hi... these are awesome!..... Had fresh off the pan ....was soft and tasted close to chapati...now in fridge to be used tomorrow. Hope will remain soft and malleable for quesadillas. I intend to eat  one serving  ocassionally with my  Indian curries too and feel that will contribute significant macros. What would you suggest I replace half the almond flour with as that seems to be the densest nutrition wise...coconut flour or flaxmeal?  And quantities for subbing please.That these are eggless is icing on the cake. Thanks in advance.

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Hi Sonia, I wouldn't recommend substituting with coconut flour (more absorbent and not ideal for tortillas if you use too much). You could try flax meal - that should work just fine but it would not change the macros significantly.

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I'm hoping there won't be any need for rolling.
I have a very inexpensive tool.  A tortilla press.  Since I haven't tried the recipe yet I'm not 100% sure it will work,  but it should. Using parchment paper on top and bottom the tortillas should be fairly easy to finish.  I'll let you know how it goes.

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Hi Judy, I haven't tried using tortilla press but would love to know if you try it. Thank you!

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'I used a tortilla press and it worked great. I used parchment paper so they don't stick to the press.

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Thanks for sharing this - good to know!

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These look great, and I can't wait to try them. I am hoping to avoid rolling out, too, because I have problems with my wrists. I don't have a tortilla press, but saw an idea to use a pie plate and flatten a ball of dough between pieces of waxed paper. That sounds easier to me than rolling. If I love the recipe, I may invest in a press! Gonna try it first. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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Can I use almond meal instead of flax meal?

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I'm afraid not - flax meal is the key ingredient in this recipe.

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Hi, instead of rolling them out, would a tortilla press work?

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It may work but my worry is that the dough will crisp it up too much and the tortillas will be dry (not flexible). If you give it a try, I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Can you freeze these? I am the only one keto in my house and want to have them available at any time. Suggestions?

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Yes you can! You can either freeze the cooked tortillas of cut the dough into desired number of servings, place in a freezer bag(s) and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Your blog is amazing!!!  I have the hardest time being consistent with the keto diet because of cravings. Now thanks to your hard work and trials in the kitchen I can enjoy tacos, yay!

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Thank you for your kind words!

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I followed this and when i rolled them out and tried to take them of the parchment paper they just split 😞 I made sure to not add too much water.

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I'm sorry to hear that. It may be easier to use the silicon-coated rolling pin and the silicon mat like I did in the video recipe (these two tools are so amazing!). Here's another video recipe using parchment paper: Vegetarian Keto Burritos (you'll notice that the tortillas are thicker because otherwise it is more likely to tear them). I hope this helps!

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These are just great! I’ve made the tortillas and nachos and am trying the taco shells today. In the past I’ve always used melted cheese for the taco shells, but they aren’t crunchy and are very messy (drip oil) while they take shape and cool, so I’m looking forward to trying something different. Thanks so much for sharing and all your work.

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Thank you for your lovely feedback!

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