Keto Ground Beef Recipes (2024)

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Ground beef is economical, easy to cook, and totally keto-friendly! This list of mouthwatering Keto Ground Beef Recipes will keep the whole family satisfied.

Ground beef is one of my go-to, and I firmly believe you should always have at least a few pounds of it socked away in your freezer. And if you’re like me, you stock up every time you see a sale.

But sometimes you get stuck in a rut, wondering what to make with it. Shake it up a little with this wonderful collection of keto ground beef recipes. From soups to casseroles to meatballs, there’s something for everyone!

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Is ground beef keto friendly?

Ground beef contains plenty of protein, some fat, and has no carbs, making it an ideal ingredient for keto recipes. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, and has a wide array of vital nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium.

What kind of ground beef is best for keto?

Ground beef can come from a variety of cuts and with differing ratios of fat to protein. Ground chuck is often the most popular as it’s tender and juicy, and has 80% protein and 20% fat. It’s an excellent choice for those who want more fat in their keto diet. If you prefer less, choose 85/15 ground beef.

Should I drain ground beef on keto?

You can but you certainly don’t have to. Again, it depends on the macros you are aiming for on your keto diet. Many people

Ground beef is ideal for keto diets

Ground beef has many advantages when it comes to keto dinners. It’s easy to cook, easy to store, and you can get creative with seasonings, additions, and cooking methods. It does well on the stovetop, in the oven, and in the slow cooker or Instant Pot too.

It really is a nutritional powerhouse. Ground beef offers essential proteins and fats, and contains a wide array of vital nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium. It’s rich and satisfying, and almost everyone likes it, including those picky kids.

It also tends to be inexpensive compared to other cuts of beef, so it fits almost every household budget. And when you do stock up, it can last for months in the freezer.

20 Delicious Recipes for Ground Beef

Need a little beefy inspiration? Check out these mouthwatering keto recipes that have ground beef as the main ingredient!

1. Easy Taco Pie

I have been making this taco pie since 2014. It’s one of those things I threw together one day for my hungry family and it became an instant hit. And here we are, years later, and I am still making it exactly the same way.

Easy Taco Pie Recipe

It's no surprise why keto taco pie is one of my most popular dinner recipes. With a few basic ingredients and 15 minutes of prep work, you've got a healthy, crowd-pleasing meal ready to go.


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2. Slow Cooker Keto Meatloaf

Have you ever made keto meatloaf in a slow cooker? Trust me, once you try it, you may never make it any other way again. It’s so tender and juicy, it almost melts in your mouth.

Slow Cooker Keto Meatloaf Recipe

This is the ultimage keto meatloaf recipe! Super juicy and flavorful, it comes out perfectly every time. And making it in your crockpot means clean up is a snap.


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3. Keto Meatballs

Let me just tell you that these are hands down thebest keto meatballsI have ever made. And I’ve made a lot of meatballs in my day!

Keto Meatballs Recipe

These juicy keto meatballs are perfect for healthy meal prep. Make a big batch and freeze them so that you can enjoy easy keto dinners whenever you need.


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4. Keto Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are really kind of brilliant, when you think about it. The hollow interior of a pepper is the perfect vessel for containing any number of wonderful fillings

Keto Stuffed Peppers Recipe

These keto stuffed peppers are filled with hearty ground beef, ricotta, spinach, and cheese. It's a fabulous way to enjoy lasagna without all the carbs!


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5. Zucchini Lasagna

Trust me when I say that you need to add this zucchini lasagna to your list offavorite keto dinner recipesas soon as humanly possible. It’s so delicious, so rich and hearty, you won’t miss the pasta at all.

Keto Zucchini Lasagna

This zucchini lasagna is the ultimate keto comfort food recipe. Thinly sliced grilled zucchini layered with creamy ricotta and a hearty meat sauce, and the whole family loves it. Get my tricks for making zucchini lasagna that isn't watery!


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6. Mexican Cauliflower Rice

This Mexican Cauliflower Rice has been one of my most popularketo dinner recipesfor many years now. Even people who swear up, down, and sideways that they don’t like cauliflower enjoy this easy and skillet meal. That includes my own children!

Mexican Cauliflower Rice Recipe

This Mexican Cauliflower Rice is a one pan wonder! It's an easy keto skillet meal that takes 8 ingredients and only 25 minutes to make. And the whole family loves it.


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7. Keto Italian Wedding Soup

You know that damp cold that chills you to the bone? The temperature might not even be that low, but the dreary, drizzly cold just moves right through you. That’s the kind of weather that screams for this Keto Italian Wedding Soup!

Keto Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Chilly weather calls for a nice big bowl of Italian Wedding Soup! This comforting recipe is made with cauliflower rice for a healthier low carb option. Only 3.7g net carbs per serving!


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8. Mini Pepper Nachos

Life is too busy to slave away at the stove every evening. You need easy healthy meals and I do too. That’s where the idea for these fun and healthy keto nachos came in.

Mini Pepper Keto Nachos

Who says nachos have to be made with tortilla chips? Mini peppers are a great alternative for your keto nachos. Delicious, easy, and kid-friendly!


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9. Stuffed Pepper Skillet

This easy skillet meal takes only about 30 minutes, start to finish. And by replacing the standard rice withriced cauliflower,you’ve turned it into something healthy, hearty, and delicious.

Keto Stuffed Pepper Skillet

Easy unstuffed peppers! This tasty one pan keto dinner recipe is easy to make and full of classic stuffed pepper flavor.


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10. Keto Meatball Casserole

This easy keto meatball casserole takes only four ingredients that get layered together in a slow cooker. But the quality of your ingredients matters.

Keto Meatball Casserole

This mouthwatering keto meatball casserole is super cheesy and full of fabulous Italian flavor. Simply throw all of the ingredients together and let your slow cooker do the work for you!


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11. Keto Korean Beef

You need to drop whatever you’re doing right now and put this keto Korean beef on your menu. And then you need to check your cupboard and make sure you have all the necessary ingredients.

Keto Korean Beef Recipe

This easy Keto Korean Beef is so full of flavor, your tastebuds will sing. It's a delicious way to serve zucchini noodles, and using ground beef makes it extra fast and easy.


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12. Mini Taco Bites

Mini Magic Taco Muffins! These were so popular among both the kids and the adults at a party, I got multiple requests for the recipe. And they’re so easy to make!

Mini Taco Bites

Bite-sized keto tacos! These fun low carb mini muffins make a great healthy, appetizer, snack, or even dinner. Dip them in your favourite low carb salsa.


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13. Keto Tamale Pie

This easy keto tamale pie is a wonderful dinner recipe with all the great flavors of real tamales. You won’t miss the corn, I promise! And I’ve given it a little update so now it’s even meatier and lower in carbs.

Keto Tamale Pie

This keto tamale pie is sure to satisfy those Mexican food cravings! Richly seasoned ground beef topped with a grain-free coconut and almond flour crust. And plenty of cheese too! It's an easy and delicious low carb dinner recipe.


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14. Keto French Onion Meatloaf

This is a relatively simple keto meatloaf to make and the most time-consuming part is caramelizing the onions. That’s always a slow process but worth it every time. After that, the rest comes together very quickly.

French Onion Meatloaf

This keto meatloaf recipe is the pinnacle of low carb comfort food, with rich caramelized onions and smothered in Gruyere cheese.


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15. Mexican Wedge Salad

This creative wedge salad like the perfect marriage of two deliciousketo salad recipes. And trust me, this was met with approval by the whole family.

Mexican Wedge Salad Recipe

This recipe takes Keto Taco Salad to a whole new level! It features taco-seasoned beef served over a wedge of iceberg, with plenty of fresh and delicious toppings. It's a crowd pleaser!


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16. Cheddar Jalapeno Meatballs

There is just so much flavor packed into each meatballs, with a little heat from the jalapeno and a rich cheddar flavor.

Keto Cheddar Jalapeno Meatballs

Flavorful keto meatballs packed with jalapeno and cheddar. These make a fabulous low carb appetizer or main dish.


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17. Keto Cheeseburger Casserole

It’s a whole meal in a single pan and it appeals to kids and adults alike. And it got my kids to willingly eat spaghetti squash, which can’t be said about most recipes.

Cheeseburger Spaghetti Squash Casserole

An easy Keto Cheeseburger Casserole recipe with spaghetti squash. This simple skillet casserole is the whole meal in one pan and it’s delicious and filling. Topped with bacon for extra flavour and family appeal!


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18. Keto Lasagna Skillet

If you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal that has all the flavors of a proper lasagna, THIS is your recipe, my friends.

Keto Skillet Lasagna

This delicious keto lasagna is made extra easy because it's cooked all in one skillet. And using zucchini instead of noodles makes it super healthy. Your whole low carb meal cooked in one pan. Rich and hearty, and only 4.5g net carbs!


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19. Keto Chili Mac

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this keto chili mac is so delightful.

Keto Chili Mac and Cheese

Keto chili mac and cheese is a delicious comfort food dish made healthy. Swap chopped cauliflower for the pasta for a hearty low carb meal.


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20. Keto Shepherd’s Pie

Okay, so technically Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb. But you can make it with ground beef too, and now you have Cottage Pie!

Keto Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

This Keto Shepherd's Pie has a cheesy cauliflower topping and a rich, rosemary scented filling. It's a low carb casserole that lives up to the name comfort food! Hearty and delicious.


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  1. Carol says

    These all sound so yummy! Would love to see this as a cookbook!


  2. Lonnie says

    My family and I started doing Keto about3 months ago. I have to admit I felt a little lost and nervous about trying to come up with different ideas for meals. I am so happy to have discovered Carolyn and her amazing and helpful recipes! I get excited whenever I see a new email from her knowing that I am being blessed with a plethora of new and delicious ideas to try!
    Thank You Carolyn….


    • Carolyn says

      So glad it’s helpful!


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  4. Cheryl Glickauf Hughes says

    Are there other keto product that you like? I ordered keto crusts and bagels from a site that makes a lot of low carb products and they were inedible


    • Carolyn says

      Do you mind telling me what site? I am working on a page of recommended products to make things easier. I do have a lot I like but there are plenty of not-so-good ones too. 🙂


  5. Martha says

    Are there any keto recipes that are not so high in fat?


    • Carolyn says

      Of course! But meatloaf typically isn’t one of them, since it’s meat, meat, and more meat. Turkey meatloaf can be lower but also you have to take care that it isn’t too dry.

      Here’s a good one that’s lower in fat…


  6. Julie says

    Hi Carolyn thank you for the recipes. I was wondering do you happen to have a cookbook with the recipes in it that I might be able to purchase?


    • Carolyn says

      I have 6 cookbooks… but not any that are just ground beef. Is that what you’re looking for?


  7. Marcie says

    New to keto. Have 75 lbs to lose and will be at my weight 28 years ago when I got married. Now that I am divorced I am really trying to get better at eating and taking care of myself. I have 15 yr old and 21 yr old so they fix what they like. Most of the time. Any suggestion let me know about what to watch for. Recipes look great!


  8. DMarie says

    Thanks Carolyn, I will be referring to this many times in the coming weeks. In my area there are several local farmers who are going above and beyond to make meat and produce available to customers, so readers, remember to check out this option!


  9. Barb C says

    Thank you for this awesome compilation of ground beef recipes. To me, ground beef is the basis for many comfort meals, which is all I’m about these days. I make your taco pie regularly because my whole family loves it. I will be making more from this list while at home with time to cook healthful meals every single day. Thank you for all you do and stay well.


  10. Sandra says

    I was just about to search online yesterday for an easy ground beef recipe when I remembered this post. I made the Low Carb Cheesesteak Skillet (over cauliflower rice) and it was very well received. Great timing…thank you!


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  11. Susan Kohlscheen says

    Thank you so much for these recipes!!! They couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a nurse in a small community and we are getting prepared for the worst. These recipes are invaluable to me because I will be able to make so many quick and easy meals. I am fairly new to the keto lifestyle so any new ideas are certainly appreciated. Thank you so much for your amazing facebook posts. I have purchased a couple of your cookbooks and really enjoy using them. They are so informative and easy to use. Thanks again for everything you do– you are an amazing lady! I pray that you and your family stay safe.


    • Carolyn says

      Stay safe, Susan and thanks for being on the front lines as a nurse. We are thinking of you!


  12. Pam Rouske says

    Thanks so much for the roundup! Some of these were on my “to make” list and some I haven’t seen. More time at home in the coming weeks will give me time to try many of these. Lots of wild game burger in our freezer to use up!


  13. Dee Peterson says

    Thank you for posting. My daughter found a 5 lb chub of hamburger at WinCo.(the last one) It sure is an object lesson to be thankful for what you have. Blessings


  14. Estelle says

    This is an awesome variety of recipes, thank you so much ????????


  15. Tracy Andries says

    Thanks for posting these recipes. Now if we could find any ground beef. There hasn’t been any for days here in MN. Luckily a friend’s mom raises cattle and I’m getting some soon. Will try some of these recipes.


    • Carolyn says

      Hi Tracy… yes it seems like a lot of people stocked up on that. Remember, though, that supply chains are still in place and your local stores will stock up. The trick is to ask them when they re-stock and to be there right after.


      • Tracy Andries says

        Stores aren’t saying when shipments are coming in because they’re having problems with hundreds of people showing up to get their “share.” It is crazy out there. ????


        • Carolyn says

          Mine are telling us!


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