Tacos. Nachos. Burritos. Tostados. What do all of these foods have in common? Well, they’re all unbelievably delicious…and they also all start with a tortilla.
But if you’re on the keto diet, corn and flour tortillas are a major no-no. Why? All those carbs, guys. For perspective, a Mission medium flour tortilla has 26 grams of carbs and 140 calories, while a Mission yellow corn tortilla has 22 grams of carbs and 110 calories. Bye-bye, delicate state of ketosis.
But does that mean our favorite crave-worthy Mexican-inspired eats are completely off-limits? Not entirely. You could use one of the low-carb tortillas on the market. But to be honest, we’ve found many of them to be rubbery and weird tasting. We’d rather just pile all of our ingredients onto a collard leaf, thank you very much.
Everything changed when we discovered nopal cactus tortillas, a Mexican specialty that looks like a tortilla (well, a green tortilla) and acts like a tortilla, but is sneakily low-carb and low-cal. Turns out, the mighty cactus is low in carbs and calories. Depending on the brand, a single tortilla ranges from 3 to 11 carbs and 20 to 60 calories.