Keto Ground Beef Casserole: The Perfect Comfort Dish

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Indulge in this hearty and delicious Keto Ground Beef Casserole Recipe! It’s the ultimate low-carb comfort food with tender ground beef, creamy cream cheese, and a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Don’t worry about compromising your health and weight loss goals – this easy and healthy casserole satisfies your cravings guilt-free!cast iron skillet with a keto and ground beef casserole topped wit green beans and cheese close shot

This is probably one of my favorite keto ground beef recipes. Not only is it packed full of cheesy goodness, but it’s also loaded with veggies. I’m a huge fan of adding nutrients and healthy options whenever possible! Plus, with all the other flavors added, it’s a super simple way to get your little ones (or stubborn adults!) to eat their vegetables. I’ve made this more than a few times, and it’s a win in our house every time. Not only is it a win, but there are usually requests for “seconds” as well! This recipe for low-carb ground beef casserole is a slam dunk!

Can you eat ground beef on a Keto diet?

Absolutely! It perfectly fits the bill. It’s budget-friendly, low-carb, high in fat, and a great source of protein.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This ground beef casserole with green beans is my most popular recipe ever. It has been shared millions of times online. Here are a few more ideas:

✔️ It’s super duper delicious and filling!
✔️ It’s like a one-pot wonder, saving you so much time in the kitchen.
✔️ Perfect for busy weeknights when you want a delicious meal with no fuss.
✔️ Stay on track with your healthy eating goals because it’s totally keto-friendly.
✔️ Enjoy the cheesy goodness and savory beef without the guilt.

Ingredients you’ll need

Ground beef – gives the casserole its yummy flavor and makes it filling too!
Cream cheese – makes the casserole so creamy and smooth.
Beef broth – intensifies the beefy taste that makes the whole dish extra delicious and not too dry.
Heavy whipping cream –  is the secret to making the casserole taste rich and creamy.
Bragg’s Aminos – intensifies the flavor with a hint of umami taste, adding a tasty twist.
Garlic powder & Onion Powder – adds a wonderful taste to the casserole we all love!
Green beans – bring a fresh and healthy touch to the casserole.
Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese – adds a yummy cheesy flavor to the keto ground beef casserole and helps hold everything together.

Preparing Ground Beef - A close-up image of ground beef being cooked in a cast iron skillet. How to Make This Easy Low-Carb Casserole

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, cook the hamburger meat over medium heat until it’s browned. Make sure to break it up into small pieces as it cooks. You can add some salt and pepper for extra flavor if you’d like! Strain your ground beef and return it to the skillet.

Tip: I keep ground beef already browned in the freezer. It makes recipes like this so quick and easy. You can find the details in 5 Meal Prep Ideas That Save You Time on a Keto Diet.

Easy keto ground beef casserole process picture of simmering the ground beef sauce

Step 2: It’s time to make the creamy sauce. Add the cream cheese to the cooked beef in the skillet. Pour the beef broth, heavy whipping cream, Bragg’s Aminos, and seasonings.

Step 3: Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. As it simmers, the liquid will reduce, and the mixture will thicken.

Tip: The cream cheese will mix best with the ground beef if it is at room temperature.

Keto Ground Beef recipe in a cast iron skillet with green beans on top process picture

Step 4: Add the green beans to the ground beef mixture. Don’t forget to drain them first, as it will add moisture to the sauce.

Keto Ground Beef Recipe in a cast iron skillet before putting it in the oven

Step 5: I like to mix up the cheeses for added flavor. Sprinkle freshly grated cheese on top and pop it in the oven.

What is the Best Cast-Iron Skillet?

I prefer to use a cast-iron skillet when I make this keto recipe with ground beef, as it goes from stove to oven with only one dish. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, they are affordable and last forever. This 10.25 Cast Iron Skillet works perfectly with this recipe.

Do I have to have a Cast Iron Skillet to Make this Keto Ground Beef Casserole?

No, it is not necessary. Any skillet will do. If your skillet isn’t oven-safe, transfer the keto ground beef mixture to a baking dish before adding the green beans and cheese. Most everyone has casserole dishes that can be used for any skillet meal if a cast-iron skillet isn’t available.

keto ground beef casserole in a cast iron skillet with a serving on a wooden spoon

Can I use any ground beef for this casserole?

Absolutely! You can use any ground beef you prefer, whether lean or with a higher fat content. Just keep in mind that higher fat content can add more flavor and richness to your casserole.

How do I make sure my casserole doesn’t turn out dry?

To prevent your casserole from turning out dry, make sure to use enough moisture-rich ingredients like heavy cream and cheese. You can also add a bit of chicken or beef broth to keep it moist. Additionally, avoid overcooking the casserole, as it can dry out the meat.

Can I add other vegetables to my ground beef casserole?

Absolutely! You can add any low-carb vegetables you enjoy. Some popular options include bell peppers, zucchini, spinach, or diced tomatoes. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly, as different vegetables may require other cooking times.

How long does it take to bake a keto ground beef casserole?

The baking time can vary depending on the recipe and the thickness of your casserole. As a general guideline, most keto ground beef casseroles bake at around 350°F (175°C) for 25 minutes. However, it’s always best to follow the specific recipe instructions for accurate baking times.

Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

Absolutely! Making the casserole ahead of time can be a great time-saving option. You can assemble the casserole, cover it tightly, and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. This way, you can pop it in the oven when ready to enjoy it.

Is it Gluten Free?

Yes, beef and green bean casserole can be gluten-free. It is important to check all of the ingredients you use in your kitchen to ensure each is gluten-free.

A beautifully plated serving of the finished casserole with a bite on a fork ready to be enjoyed as a satisfying and flavorful keto-friendly meal.

Variations to this Healthy Ground Beef Casserole Recipe:

Meat Variations:

  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Chicken
  • Sausage
  • Ground Pork
  • Shredded Chicken

* you may want to swap out the beef broth for chicken broth if using chicken for the protein.

Vegetable Variations:  

  • Zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, bell peppers, yellow squash, and mushrooms are all great options if you are looking for vegetable variations.

Seasoning/ Toppings Variations:

  • Taco Seasoning: Add a fun Tex-Mex twist.
  • Cajun Spice: Use Cajun seasoning for a bold and spicy flavor profile.
  • Lemon Pepper: Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning for a zesty twist.
  • Italian Herbs: Mix in Italian seasoning for a Mediterranean-inspired taste.
  • Curry Powder: Add curry powder for a unique and aromatic curry flavor. I find that it enhances the flavor of the casserole and makes it bolder.
  • For a spicier version, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes when seasoning the ground beef mixture.
  • Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce to enhance the umami taste and depth of the casserole.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning: Top the casserole with this trendy seasoning for a flavorful crunch.
  • Get creative with toppings like crispy bacon bits, chopped fresh herbs, sour cream, sliced avocado, or crushed pork rinds for added texture and taste.

How to store Low Carb Ground Beef Casserole

To store keto ground beef casserole, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you want to freeze it, label the container with the date, and it can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. It does contain dairy products, which sometimes break down when frozen. It shouldn’t change the taste, but the sauce’s texture might vary.

What Can I Serve With It?

This ground beef casserole is a meal in itself. I typically pair it with a leafy garden salad. It would also be yummy with Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

Other Keto Casserole Recipes:

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Easy Keto Ground Beef Casserole with Green Beans

This Keto Ground Beef Casserole Recipe is the ultimate low-carb comfort food with tender ground beef, creamy cream cheese, and a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, casual
Keyword: Keto Ground Beef Casserole, Keto Ground Beef Recipes, Low Carb Ground Beef Casserole
Servings: 8
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp Bragg's Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cans green beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • First, turn on your oven and set it to 350°F (175°C) degrees.
  • Next, grab a cast-iron skillet (a sturdy pan) and cook the ground beef in it. When it's done, use a strainer to remove any extra grease.
  • Now, it's time to make things creamy and yummy! Add the cream cheese to the cooked beef in the skillet. Stir it until the cheese melts and mixes with the beef. Yum!
  • Time to add some more flavor! Pour in the beef broth, heavy whipping cream, Bragg's Aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir everything together well.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil by turning up the heat a bit. Keep an eye on it and let it cook on medium heat until it starts to thicken up a little. This will make the casserole nice and creamy.
  • Now, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. That means keeping it gently bubbling but not boiling too hard.
  • Great job! The ground beef mixture is thick and ready. Now, it's time to add those green beans! Open the cans and drain the water from them. Place the green beans on top of the beef mixture in the skillet.
  • Sprinkle some cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese on top of the green beans. This will make the casserole extra cheesy and delicious!
  • Finally, pop the skillet into the preheated oven and bake it all together for 25 minutes. It will come out golden and bubbly.



We use ground beef from ButcherBox Meat Subscription. All of the meat is great quality and delivered to your door! 
How to store Low Carb Ground Beef Casserole
To store keto ground beef casserole, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you want to freeze it, label the container with the date, and it can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. It does contain dairy products, which sometimes break down when frozen. It shouldn't change the taste, but the sauce's texture might vary.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 0.875g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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collage images of ground beef casserole with green beans plated on top and a pic of casserole in cast iron skillet with a serving in a wooden spoon for bottom image

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    1. I’ve only made it as is but any other low carb veggie such as cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc

  1. 5 stars
    I have made this multiple times and every time it is loved! I recommend throwing in white american or swiss cheese for a bit of extra flavor. Wonderful no matter how you make it though. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Can I leave out the Amino’s or replace it with something else? I don’t want to buy it just for this recipe. Thanks

    1. Yes, of course. You may want to cook them a bit first depending on the texture of green bean you prefer.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. This was easy and very filling. In addition to the 3 ounces of cream cheese, I added one whole package of Boursin cheese. A lot of flavor!

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this recipe. The only tweak I made was to add onion. This we will definitely make again. Thank you.

    1. Awesome. So glad you loved it! Onions make a great addition to just about any recipe. Thanks so much for taking the time to rate the recipe and leave a comment.

  5. 5 stars
    Loved this! I did not add the Braggs Aminos but used all other ingredients. I used Colby/ Monterey Jack shredded cheese and topped it with Swiss. Delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I have been using a customized meal plan from vshred for months now and really needed a new low carb recipe. This was the first one I clicked on and I had all the ingredients except for the aminos. I made it without it and used up all the leftover vegetables I had in the fridge instead of green beans. We cut up leftover broccoli and asparagus and onions. I also had some ground turkey I needed to use up that i mixed in with the beef. This is an easy recipe to make adjustments with and even my teenagers loved it.

    1. I’m so glad you were able to use the leftover veggies in your fridge and make the recipe work for you. When teenagers love a recipe it’s always a win.

  7. 5 stars
    My grandsons and husband loved this! I substituted soy sauce for the Bragg’s amino. Next time I’ll add the onion. Delicious and easy dish!

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and I have been making this recipe for over a year now. It’s a staple in our home. Something that is delicious and easy to make! Bonus. It’s only one pan! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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