How Many Syns In Taco Shells? Find Out Here!

Updated on 
2 February, 2023

How Many Syns In Taco Shells? Are They High In Syns? Can I Eat Them On Slimming World?

If you're planning to have a Mexican night at home, you will need to make sure you're synning any ingredients which are not syn-free, including your taco shells, which begs the question, are they high in syns?

Are Taco Shells High In Syns?

Taco shells have on average 3 syns per shell, making them low in syns, but should be consumed within moderation, you could have up to five taco shells before using all your 15 syn daily allowance.

To find out more about the syns in taco shells, we've made a small guide below which will take you through why taco shells are low in syns, some different syn values of taco shells and low syn alternatives as well as SW taco recipe!

Why Are Taco Shells Low In Syns?

At 3 syns per taco shell, you could have up to five taco shells before using up all your daily syn allowance, these shells are low in syns thanks to their thin size and crisp-like texture from the flour which keeps calories low, however, tacos can be easy to overeat so we suggest having them in moderation.

When making tacos, you should consider all the other ingredients such as cheese, sour cream and other sauces, guacamole in particular can be very high in syns due to the high-calorie avocado.

Syn Values Of Taco Shells

Taco shells have a similar syn value no matter the brand that you buy them from, to help you compare, we've listed some general values down below.

  • Old El Paso 12 Crunchy Taco Shells 156g - 3 syns.
  • Tesco 12 Crunchy Taco Shells 150g - 3 syns.
  • Sainsbury's 12 Crunchy Taco Shells 150g - 3 syns.
  • Asda 12 Taco Shells Crunchy 158g - 9 syns.
  • Asda 12 Taco Shells 150g - 3 syns.
  • Asda 12 Taco Shells 150g - 7.5 syns for three.
  • Santa Maria 12 Flame Baked Crispy Corn Taco Shells 135g - 3 syns.
  • Asda Taco Shells 135g - 2.5 syns.
  • Discovery Mexican 12 Taco Shells 135g - 2.5 syns.

Low Syn Alternatives To Taco Shells

If you find Taco shells for your Mexican night to be too high in syns, we've got some great low-syn alternatives for you to check out down below.

Low Syn Alternatives To Taco Shells
  • Old El Paso 8 Tortilla Pockets 223G - 5 syns.
  • Old El Paso Stand ‘N’ Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas 8Pk 193G - 3.5 syns.
  • Old El Paso Nachips Original 185G - 12.5 syns.
  • Old El Paso Large Super Soft Flour Tortillas 6 Pack 350G - 9 syns.
  • Old El Paso Regular Super Soft Flour Tortillas 8Pk 326G - 6 syns.
  • Tesco 8 Plain Tortilla Wraps 320G - 6 syns.
  • Tesco 8 Corn Tortilla Wrap 320G - 6 syns.
  • Gran Luchito Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips 170G - 8 syns.
  • Old El Paso Super Soft Flour Tortillas Whole Wheat 8Pk 326G - 6 syns.
  • Old El Paso Corn Tortillas 335G - 6 syns.

Our Best Slimming World Taco Recipe

Tacos can become very high in syns according to what you fill them with and the toppings, we've got a great low syn SW recipe for you to check out below for when you are craving tacos, having only 0.5 syns per portion.


  • 500g of lean beef mince.
  • Taco seasoning sachet (just spices no milk powder, thickeners or oil).
  • Two spoons of tomato puree.
  • Four lasagna sheets.
  • Pinch of paprika, cumin and chilli powder.
  • Two gem lettuces.
  • Half a tin of refried bins.
  • 30g of cheese as a healthy extra A.
  • One red pepper.
  • Low cal cooking spray.
  • Spoon of salsa.
  • Two spoons of fat-free sour cream.
  • Coriander.
  • One lime.


  1. Begin by heating your oven to the gas mark of 180 degrees then cook your lasagna sheets in some boiling water for around 5 minutes.
  2. Next, fry off your beef and add in your taco seasoning, add water if the food becomes dry while frying. When the sheets are boiled, cut them into triangles and place them on a tray and bake.
  3. Spray the triangles with low cal cooking spray and season with your spices then bake them for 10 minutes.
  4. Shred up your lettuce, cut the pepper while heating your beans then pour the taco mince over the veg and add your beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream.
  5. Enjoy your toppings!

Final Words

Overall, Taco shells are average in syns, having around 3 syns per shell, meaning you can have up to five before using all your daily allowance, however, they should be eaten in moderation since you need to consider the extra syns from the fillings and toppings like cheese and dips.

Our Best Slimming World Taco Recipe

In order to reduce syns, we suggest checking out our low syn alternatives above or our SW taco recipe made with low syn ingredients.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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