Once again, we have found ourselves on this fad diet of Ketosis. I personally am not on the diet; however, I support my husband that he wants to do this diet which, in turn, means that I am also eating the food as well because why would I cook two meals a night? Yes, I do the majority of the cooking in our household because my husband is a restaurant owner and does that for a living, so when he is home with me for dinner, there is no way in this universe that he is cooking unless it is to help me chop things or touch hot things…his hands have become indestructible from the restaurant.
Before diving into this Keto recipe which I saw on Tik Tok, we can talk briefly and with what little knowledge that I have on what exactly the Keto diet means. No sarcasm here, but for my husband, it meant being tired and irritable to the point of us fighting for about 4 days before his body adjusted to the diet. My recommendation is that if you are going to do this diet, start it on a Thursday and have the weekend to reclaim your sanity before going back to work on Monday because phew…my husband was grouchier than the Grinch himself.
The Keto diet has become all the rage on Tik Tok and other popular social media places. When I think about the Keto diet, I am reminded of the Atkins diet from way back in the day. High in protein and low in carbohydrates. The idea is that you put your body into Ketosis by reserving sugars and carbohydrates which helps you burn calories and fat more easily so you lose weight. You would be amazed at what carbs are in…things we all deemed “healthy” such as cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, or pretty much any root vegetable. Instead it calls to eat fried pork rings, bacon, or a ton of cheese. How can this diet be good long-term for your cholesterol or heart in general? This is why I am not participating in the keto diet because I want to eat my vegetables and fruits…that is more nutritionally valuable in my book than simply eating meat and cheese for every meal and substituting vegetables when they fit into your sugar and carbohydrate limit. But who am I to judge?
Regardless, I thought that taco shells made from cheddar cheese sounded pretty amazing, so on taco night, we made these cheese taco shells. To be honest, the first bite was good, but the remainder was just a lot of cheese. My husband like it though, so I am going to post it. There are however a few tips that I would have done had I made them before, and I will be sharing this with you as we go along.
If you are inclined to do the Keto diet, keep reading, but also, if you simply just like cheese.
INGREDIENTS for the taco shells
- 2 cups of shredded cheese of your choice (I used sharp cheddar)
- With a sheet pan, line it with parchment paper and please do not use aluminum foil because it will stick and not bake appropriately.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Measure out about 1/2 cup per cheese and place it in a circle on the baking sheet. Then, flatten the cheese while also spreading it evenly into a circle.
- Repeat this 3 more times on the baking sheet depending on the size of the baking sheet. We had to do two batches because only two shells fit onto the sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Then, rotate the baking sheet and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until brown on the edges.
- Once you take it out, let it cool for about 1-2 minutes and then remove it from the baking sheet and either fold it in half yourself to make a taco shell or you can fold it over a cooking spoon to also create the shape.
The result is this lovely, cheesy shell. The things I will I had done differently 1) I wish I would have put them in a paper towel to dry up the grease because there is a ton of it which made the shells feel and taste exceptionally unhealthy, and 2) I wish I would have made them from a thinner layer of cheese because a thick shell of cheese is not nearly as crispy as I had hoped.
To finish your tacos in mind of staying Keto, cook chorizo sausage or ground beef and season it to your liking. You can add salsa, avocado, onions, and minced jalepaño which will still be Keto. Non-keto version, I did the same, but also added sour cream which made it delicious. Either way, they were good, but I cannot get over how unhealthy I think they are in comparison to a corn tortilla or a multi-grain flour shell…to each their own!