Juicy tomato and a hint of spice meet creamy guacamole in these easy and delicious Keto Beef Salsa Roll-Ups. Easy to dress up or down, this recipe will be a Keto lunch or party staple in no time.
Turn Up (Or Down) The Heat!
Have you ever been out with that one friend (we all have one) that says “oh, no, it’s not spicy” when after one bite you are frantically reaching for more water? Are you that friend? Either way, knowing a little about peppers can help you keep your meals with friends peaceful.
What makes a pepper spicy?
Though there are many compounds, the one we are all likely most familiar with is capsaicin.
(Capsaicin has been making peppers spicy and making muscle creams toasty, for a long time!) The level of spice can be measured on something called the Scoville scale. Named such for its inventor Wilbur Scoville, the Scoville scale was first used to assess the pungency of peppers in 1912. (1)
This higher the number of Scoville units, the hotter the pepper (of course, peppers vary in intensity individually, so it is just a rough guide)
Examples of pepper Scoville Heat Units (2):
- Bell – 0
- Poblano, Ancho, Passila – 1,000-1,500
- Jalapeno – 2,500-8,000
- Serrano – 10,000-23,000
- Habanero, Scotch Bonnet – 100,000-350,000
- Trinidad Moruga Scorpion – 2,000,000
A Scoville reference is pretty handy if you are not familiar with different peppers, want to try new levels of spice, or just don’t want to incapacitate your mother-in-law during the appetizer round of your first dinner together.
This low carb, super easy recipe is going to take you places. Whether it is a pot luck at the office, first dinner, date night or just easy weekday lunch, everyone is going to be excited about these. Slice them thin and use toothpicks to hold them for an appetize or wrap a lettuce leaf around the outside for extra crunch. Any way you slice it, the crunch from the salsa, creamy avocado and delicious roast beef are a great way to pack a keto protein punch in to your day.
While this is not planned for leftovers, if you are meal prepping and a roast is in your future, just take some thin slices off before serving and set them aside. It can be rewarding to know you already have lunch covered! If you are buying pre-sliced meat, make sure to keep it cold and buy the very best cut you can afford.
Are all avocados created equal?
While all men are created equal, all avocados are not. There are dozens of varieties varying in size, shape and color. While the Haas avocado, grown in California is the one most often found in grocery stores and markets, others have been known to find region acclaim.
Florida avocados may even be marketed as “light” avocados. While the typical California fruit has 50 calories in a golf ball sized portion, the larger, smooth skinned Florida variety has only 36. The fat content in the Florida variety is less as well. All are still high in Folate, fiber and vitamins.
Region is important in what types of avocado may be available. Most markets do not have Gwen, Russell or Simmons avocados – but what if they did?! In every case you will be getting good, healthy fats and a Keto-friendly flavor boost, but it’s always important to know where your food came from and what you are actually getting.
These rolls make an amazingly easy and delicious Keto snack.
- 8 slices of deli roast beef (or use deli ham or turkey or smoked salmon slices)
- 1 avocado (approx. 1/2 lb or 225 g), stone removed and flesh mashed
For the salsa
- 1 small tomato, finely diced
- 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
- 1 chili pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Make the salsa by tossing all the salsa ingredients together. Drain well.
- Spread mashed avocado on each roast beef slice. And then spoon some salsa on top and roll up.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 1 g
- Calories: 88
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 6 g
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 6 g