There’s so much more to Taco Bell than the super-double-decker-cheesy potato-heart-attack wrapped in a tortilla, and our new list of low carb Taco Bell meal options are here to prove it!
We get it, sometimes life gets super hectic and compels you into a drive-thru lane…
Fear not, health-conscious butt-kicker, these low carb meals will get you fueled fast without the fast-food guilt and digestive regret that so often follows.
While low carb options at McDonald’s and similar quick service chains are available, the infinitely customizable and boldly different menu at Taco Bell can make for an especially appealing low carb fast food option.
Taco Bell low carb breakfast options, low carb Taco Bell Cantina bowl, and low carb Taco Bell taco salad are just a select few of the delicious low carb foods you can devour at Taco Bell.
Use this table of contents to skip to whatever you may be craving…
Table of Contents:
- Low Carb Taco Bell, 6 Tips For Success!
- Top 10 Low Carb Taco Bell Menu Items And How To Order!
- Let’s Talk About Sauce, Baby…
- To (Un)Wrap It Up…
Low Carb Taco Bell, 6 Tips For Success!
Tacos, burritos, and hot sauce–oh my!
Who knew that Taco Bell’s low carb food list is just as delicious and satisfying as the..umm..not so healthy offerings?!
Now of course, we don’t recommend foregoing grocery shopping to eat low carb Taco Bell for every meal—but when life calls for a quick, low carb breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the go—we’re here to help you answer.
When eating low carb Mexican food, you can still enjoy your favorite dishes (bring on the tacos!) with a couple easy modifications.
Tip number one: don’t trust that an item is low carb just because the word “salad” is tossed in the title…
(Fiesta Taco Salad has a whopping 75 grams of carbs when ordered with all the fixings!)
Don’t be afraid to go for that dish that your heart truly desires—with a healthy little update of course.
Tip number two: In order to satisfy your hunger without going overboard, simply nix a few troublemaking ingredients: tortillas, rice, beans, potatoes, and chips.
Tortillas, rice, chips, and potatoes are all high-carb, starchy grains that add very little nutritional and hunger-satiating value to your meal. There are surprisingly high concentrations of carbs in beans as well.
Pinto beans (the refried style) carry 19 grams for a standard side, and black beans have 12 grams per side!
Tip number three: These figures are generated from Taco Bell’s nutrition calculator. Use this to calculate whatever you’re craving that day!
If you’re looking for more information about carbs in your favorite ingredients? Check out the nutritional content for thousands of foods in the USDA’s humongous, trusted nutritional database here. It’s my go-to.
Tip number four: Stick to steak and chicken as your protein options, because the seasoned beef contains 2 grams of carbs per serving.
Tip number five: Double up on the low carb vegetables and salsas for a fresh, healthy crunch. Which vegetables at Taco Bell are low carb? Lettuce, tomatoes, and onions are the three to be.
Ask for your bowl on top of a bed of lettuce to create a well-balanced salad.
(Side note: there is not currently a low carb rice alternative at Taco Bell, but if rice is something you can’t live without, be sure to check out riced cauliflower as a foolproof alternative low carb shopping list item for your day-to-day cooking. Riced cauliflower serves beautifully with low carb Chinese food as well!)
Tip number six: Making these changes means your favorite burrito becomes your favorite burrito bowl. It’s easy to mourn the loss of a tortilla, but try to focus instead on how juicy and delicious the ingredients taste as a morsel on your fork.
In time, you’ll forget that the good-for-nothing carb-loaded wrap ever existed!
Mindful eating is key to enjoying and succeeding at a healthy eating plan—and knowing what nutritional elements compose your meal is the place to start.
Top 10 Low Carb Taco Bell Menu Items And How To Order!
Let’s talk about numbers, friends.
We know that a successful low carb meal plan (or a healthy eating plan in general, really) is contingent on making choices based on the nutritional composition of the foods we enjoy. Nutrition facts become critical to assessing what to eat.
Low carb eating out can be significantly more difficult, because nutritional facts are often not displayed openly and don’t portray completely accurate figures.
Ever try searching for options that are low carb at Burger King? Low carb Wendy’s dishes? Fast service chains have come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years over obscuring the nutritional content of their foods, and Taco Bell has taken initiative to be different.
It’s evident that Taco Bell cares about transparency on their website’s fabulous interactive nutritional information portal. Check it out here!
P.S. eating Atkins Taco Bell is completely possible with a little knowledge their nutritional calculator.
Without further ado, meet your new favorite low carb restaurant guide: the top ten low carb Taco Bell menu items.
1. Power Menu Steak Bowl
What’s great about it: Premium meat, salsa, guacamole, and veggies give this tasty bowl it’s power. Loaded with seasoned steak, this bowl packs a serious protein punch with 20 grams of protein.
Not only is this bowl delicious, it’s filling and craveable. The fresh and flavorful veggies and salsas give this low carb mexican food the tang and heat you love. Step aside, flimsy sandwich—there’s a new favorite on-the-go lunch in town.
How to order: Power menu steak bowl, no beans, no rice. Please. 🙂
2. Power Menu Chicken Bowl
What’s great about it: If you’re a more of a chicken person than a steak person, there’s an excellent power menu option for you too!
The Power Menu Chicken Bowl is slightly leaner than the Steak Bowl, with the same protein-packed satiating power. The portion size and delightful flavors will satisfy you just as much as any low carb KFC meal. With only 7 grams of carbs (when ordered without rice and beans) this low carb lunch bowl will fuel you up without bogging you down!
Top it with your favorite hot sauce and you won’t even miss the high carb extras.
How to order: Power Menu Chicken Bowl, no beans, no rice.
3. Mini Skillet Bowl
What’s great about it: Low carb breakfast at Taco Bell?? Yes please!
With eggs, salsa, and that addictive nacho cheese sauce, this mighty little skillet bowl may just become your favorite grab-and-go morning snack. The best part? As a member of the morning value menu, it’s as easy on your wallet as it is on your healthy eating regimine.
Pair with a low carb Starbucks treat and you’re ready to take on the world.
How to order: Mini Skillet Bowl with no potatoes please.
4. Fiesta Taco Salad with Chicken
What’s great about it: Let’s face it—sometimes, the heart wants what it wants! The Fiesta Taco Salad has been a Taco Bell classic for years (for good reason!), and with our modifications, a staggering 75 grams of carbs becomes a much more palatable 10 grams per meal.
The Fiesta Taco Salad is topped with Taco Bell’s fire roasted salsa—which makes a perfect low carb salad dressing. Fire roasted salsa adds a mighty, zesty, smoky flavor and contributes a reasonable 4 grams of carbs per serving (included in the numbers below.)
How to order: Fiesta Taco Salad with Chicken; no rice, no beans, no red strips, no shell
5. Fiesta Taco Salad with Steak
What’s great about it: The Fiesta Taco Salad with Steak makes a fabulous low carb dinner in a pinch. Hearty steak? Check. Vibrant veggies? Double check. Savory fire roasted salsa? You know it, buddy.
As far as fast food low carb salads go, this bad boy is king!
How to order: Fiesta Taco Salad with steak; no rice, no beans, no red strips, no shell
Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a burrito to curb your hunger.
To transform an ordinary burrito into a low carb Taco Bell superstar, order one of these tasty options without the tortilla. Bam!
Just like that, you created a decadent, personalized burrito bowl and cut out the unnecessary carbs from your plate. You can add lettuce as well to create a crunchy, satisfying salad bowl.
6. Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller
What’s great about it: The Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller becomes a harmony of smoky, savory flavor when tossed over a bed of greens.
Seasoned chicken, creamy chipotle sauce, and reduced fat sour cream are the ingredients to this mouth-watering option. Since it’s pretty light on it’s own, I recommend adding lettuce, tomatoes, and onions for a heartier salad bowl.
How to order: Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller with no tortilla, please!
7. Shredded Chicken Burrito
What’s great about it: Creamy avocado sauce, cheddar cheese, and juicy shredded chicken make up this bold choice. Add pico de gallo (tomato and onion salsa with only 2 grams of carbs per side) for a little extra kick of veggie goodness.
How to order: Shredded chicken burrito with no tortilla and no rice.
8. Fresco Burrito Supreme, Steak
What’s great about it: If you prefer Taco Bell’s tasty seasoned beef, then this option may be for you. When ordered “fresco,” a burrito supreme includes lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pico de gallo, mixed with seasoned beef and tangy red sauce.
Ordering a burrito’s “fresco” option will remove the cheese, but feel free to add it back on, because they’re hardly any carbs in cheese.
How to order: Steak Fresco Burrito Supreme with no beans and no tortilla
If you’re limiting carbs as much as possible, then tacos may not be the best option for you. If you have a little wiggle room, then check out the crunchy tacos!
Taco Bell’s beef seasoning has 2 grams of carbs, so stick to steak or chicken when ordering your protein. Another carb-saving idea is to order two tacos, eat one, and then eat the filling from the second, tossing the shell…
A little crunch goes a long way, after all.
9. Crunchy Taco, Steak
What’s great about it: Umm.. hello. Steak tacos. Need I say more?
How to order: Steak crunchy taco
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10. Crunchy Taco, Fire Grilled Chicken
What’s great about it: Chicken is slightly leaner and higher in protein than steak, making the white meat option just as tantalizing!
How to order: Crunchy taco with chicken
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Let’s Talk About Sauce, Baby…
A wise, broke college student once told me that “Taco Bell entrees are really just vehicles for Border sauce.”
Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. Who doesn’t love to add those witty little sauce packets to their tray? Not going to lie, a few of those addicting little packets may have *accidentally* ended up in my purse and on top of my eggs the next morning after a trip to Taco Bell…
…If you relate, then I have some fabulous news for you: they are *almost* completely free of carbs (Fire sauce has <1 gram per packet.)
That’s right, folks, load ‘em up. I’m a loyal fan of the Fire flavor, but each heat level has a place in my heart. Bonus points if you try the super-spicy Diablo sauce (but only if you’re feeling brave!)
Border sauce is a Taco Bell classic, but sauce packets are not the only salsa option to consider…
Pico de Gallo is a fresh, chunky, zesty tomato and onion salsa which can be another great way to liven up any low carb Taco Bell dish. According to Taco Bell’s nutrition page (this one here), a side of Pico de Gallo contains 2 grams of carbs.
Similarly, the creamy avocado-based guacamole contains a reasonable 3 grams of carbs per side.
A side of nacho cheese sauce has 4 grams of carbs, so opt instead for the shredded three-cheese blend to add a cheesy touch to your meal without contributing to your carb intake!
To (Un)Wrap It Up…
If there’s one, quick, Too-Long-Didn’t-Read takeaway from this article, let it be this: avoid tortillas, potatoes, chips, rice, and beans; load up on fresh veggies, salsas, and sauces; and order the dish your heart desires (with an easy low carb makeover.)
Using these ideas, you can feel great with your healthy eating choices even in a pinch. You don’t need to find low carb restaurants to find low carb foods…
I hope these top ten low carb Taco Bell menu items give you another tool in your wellness toolbox, so that when life gets hectic (as life tends to do) you can continue to meet your healthy living goals on the run!
Up next, low carb McDonalds guide to the rescue!