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Tacos al Pastor Recipe

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey filled with vibrant colors and tantalizing flavors? Say hello to your new favorite keto-friendly tacos! These Tacos al Pastor boast a rich, deep orange hue thanks to the ground achiote (also known as annatto), adding a unique earthy and slightly bitter flavor profile. Paired with the perfect blend of spices including cumin, chile, garlic, salt, and a splash of vinegar, these street tacos are an explosion of taste that you won’t be able to resist. Plus, we’re serving them atop crisp jicama shells for an extra crunch, making them the ultimate guilt-free indulgence.

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Get ready to elevate your taco game with this mouthwatering keto-friendly recipe!


  • Ground achiote (annatto)
  • Cumin
  • Chile
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Jicama
  • Cilantro
  • White onion


  1. Begin by preparing the marinade for the tacos. In a bowl, combine the ground achiote, cumin, chile, minced garlic, salt, and a splash of vinegar. Mix until well combined.
  2. Take your choice of protein (chicken, beef, or tofu for a vegetarian option) and coat it generously with the marinade. Allow the meat to marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  3. While the meat is marinating, peel the jicama and slice it into thin rounds to create your taco shells.
  4. Once the meat is done marinating, heat a skillet over medium heat and cook the protein until it’s perfectly browned and cooked through.
  5. Assemble your tacos by placing a generous portion of the cooked meat onto each jicama shell.
  6. Garnish your tacos with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and chopped white onion for an added burst of flavor.
  7. Serve your achiote street tacos immediately and enjoy the explosion of flavors with every bite!

Breakdown of Ingredients and Average Carb Content

  • Ground achiote (annatto): A negligible amount of carbs per serving.
  • Cumin: A spice with minimal carb content, adding depth of flavor without compromising your keto goals.
  • Chile: Depending on the type of chile used, carb content may vary, but generally low in carbs.
  • Garlic: A kitchen staple with a low carb count, perfect for enhancing the taste of your tacos.
  • Salt: No carbs here! Just be mindful of sodium intake.
  • Vinegar: Adds tanginess without adding any significant carbs.
  • Jicama: A keto-friendly alternative to traditional taco shells, providing a satisfying crunch with minimal carbs.
  • Cilantro: A flavorful herb that’s virtually carb-free, enhancing the freshness of your tacos.
  • White onion: Contains a small amount of carbs, but when used in moderation, it’s a delicious addition to your keto-friendly tacos.


Get ready to delight your taste buds with these irresistible keto achiote street tacos! With their vibrant colors, bold flavors, and low-carb ingredients, they’re the perfect guilt-free indulgence for any occasion. So gather your ingredients, fire up the skillet, and treat yourself to a fiesta of flavor that’s sure to satisfy. Ole!

Credit to: Patrick Maese | @patrickmaese

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