Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  240
  • Protein  10 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  36 mg
  • Sodium  182 mg
  • Potassium  214 mg
  • Phosphorus  135 mg
  • Calcium  85 mg
  • Fiber  0.9 g

Terrific Tacos

Have a taco night featuring these Terrific Tacos. Easy to make and hard to resist, these beef tacos have all the flavor of a fiesta and are recommended for the pre-dialysis, dialysis and diabetic dialysis kidney diets.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by the DaVita dietitian team.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1 taco


    • 6 corn taco shells
    • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 1 cup onion, chopped (divided use)
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco® sauce
    • 3/4 cup lettuce, shredded
    • 6 tablespoons tomato, chopped
    • 6 tablespoons sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


    1. In a large frying pan, brown ground beef over medium heat. Drain well, remove from pan and set aside.
    2. Heat oil in pan.  Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and cook until clear. Add garlic, cook and stir for one minute.
    3. Add cooked beef back into pan. Stir in chili powder, pepper, cumin and Tabasco® sauce. Remove from heat and prepare tacos.
    4.  Add 1/4 cup meat mixture inside each taco shell. Top with 2 tablespoons lettuce, 1 tablespoon each tomato, cheese and remaining onion.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 meat
    • 1 starch
    • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
    • 1-1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Select cheese that has the word "natural" on the package. Avoid processed cheese due to higher sodium and phosphorus contents.

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Terrific Tacos

jess42982 says:


This was not a bad recipe, but I made a few adjustments. First, we used a whole pound of ground beef, because my husband needs more protein in his diet. The leftovers can always be reheated for another day. Second, instead of chili powder, I just used chili oil. We had this in our house anyway because my husband is Korean-American and likes his food spicy. Next, I used probably two tablespoons of already minced garlic. Again, my husband is Asian, so it has to be garlicky. I also easily doubled the amount of cumin, because after tasting these, I found it wasn't smoky enough for my liking. I skipped the Tobasco and added lime. To me, real tacos have a splash of lime. I also used the soft corn tortillas that you can find in most international foods sections at your grocer. Just heat them for 30 seconds to soften and they make a world of difference in authenticity in my opinion. So once I adjusted this recipe to our tastes, it was right on par. :)

Apr. 18, 2014, 4:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Tess2012 says:


Very dry. Won't be making it again

Mar. 28, 2014, 10:43 AM - Inappropriate review?

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ShirlMc says:


This was very good. Even for the rest of the family that doesn't need to restrict salt. I plan to make a large enough batch to be able to freeze it so that it is available for my parents when they feel like a taco.

Aug. 09, 2013, 6:48 PM - Inappropriate review?

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cecelia says:


Not very flavorful, but healthy I guess.

Oct. 20, 2011, 7:59 AM - Inappropriate review?

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worldvuu says:


This is a very good low sodium alternative to browning hamburger and dumping in a pkg of taco seasoning mix. I didn't have the Tabasco so I put in a bit of crushed red pepper and some Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime. Good stuff!

Aug. 05, 2010, 6:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

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towilson says:


I LOVE this recipe!!! My patients raved about this one! The flavor was fabulous. It was a little more work to brown the meat and then cook the onion and garlic, but that is what makes the flavor!! Even my family requests this one!

Nov. 23, 2009, 6:33 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Not ever having eaten Mexican before I thought this may be a good start, but is hard to make and corn tortillas are less than a desirable starch choice.I think Spanish rice with a roll would be agood sub.

Nov. 02, 2008, 1:47 PM - Inappropriate review?

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