Keto Ground Beef Casserole Recipe – Easy Low Carb Comfort Food

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Indulge in this easy, low-carb Keto Ground Beef Casserole Recipe! It’s the ultimate budget-friendly comfort food casserole made with tender ground beef, creamy cream cheese, and a yummy blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.cast iron skillet with a keto and ground beef casserole topped wit green beans and cheese close shot

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As I have mentioned many times, I am a total Southern girl. I love casseroles, veggies, and easy homemade recipes. When I was a little girl, my best friend lived next door, and her mom made the best ground beef casserole with potatoes and green beans. I always wanted to eat dinner with them when she was making it.

When I was trying to brainstorm a new recipe idea, this came to mind. It’s funny how our minds work. I hadn’t thought of it in years, but suddenly, I started craving it.

I could easily make a low-carb version by omitting the potatoes and adjusting a few other ingredients in place of the cream of mushroom soup that she used in the sauce. Instead of canned soup, I used a mixture of heavy whipping cream and cream cheese to make a thick creamy sauce for the ground beef; then I topped it with green beans and cheese.

My little girls absolutely devoured it! Before I knew it, they had each put down two servings. I knew then it would be a hit!!

Ingredients

Ground beef – the protein for this casserole adds sso much yummy flavor
Cream cheese – makes the casserole creamy and smooth
Beef broth – deepens flavor
Heavy whipping cream – rich, creamy base
Bragg’s Aminos – adds a bit of umami flavor
Garlic powder & Onion Powder – adds a wonderful flavor
Green beans – bring a fresh and healthy touch to the casserole.
Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese -cheesy, gooey goodness

Close up look at the ground beef browning in the cast iron skillet as the first step to preparing our easy low carb beef casserole recipe.Step-By-Step Instructions

Here is a step-by-step pictorial to help you make the recipe. For the complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of the post to the printable recipe card.

Step 1: Brown the Ground Beef

Preheat your oven to your oven to 350°F.

In a large skillet, cook your ground beef over medium heat until browned. Next, you’ll want to drain it unless you prefer to keep the extra fat.

Tip: One of my favorite time-saving meal prep tips is to brown ground beef in advance and keep it in the freezer. I usually buy several pounds at brown it all at once. It makes recipes like this so quick and easy! 

Overhead shot looking down at the thick and creamy keto ground beef casserole base featuring cooked crumbled beef and a creamy sauce with creaam cheese, heavy whipping cream, and beef broth simmering away in a black cast iron skillet, blended smoothly with a wooden spoon

Step 2: Make the Yummy Creamy Base

Add the cream cheese to the browned ground beef and melt over low heat. Next, add the beef broth, heavy cream, Bragg’s Aminos (or soy sauce), and seasonings. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, letting the mixture thicken slightly. Keep the lid off for it to thicken properly.

Tip: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. Otherwise, it doesn’t blend as smoothly. 

Overhead view of hand adding drained canned green beans to the hot thickened low carb keto ground beef casserole sauce filling a cast iron skillet

Step 3: Add Green Beans, Cheese, and Bake

Drain the green beans and dump them in the skillet. I used canned because that’s what I had on hand, but feel free to use frozen if you prefer. Top with generous amounts of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Pop in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until melted, hot, and bubbly.

Low angle view looking up at a steamy hot freshly assembled cast iron skillet of keto friendly ground beef and bean casserole topped with freshly grated cheese, ready to bake until perfectly melted and bubbly

Step 4: Serve

As hard as it will be to wait, allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley or bacon crumbles. Bacon makes everything better, right?

FAQ’s

Do I Need a Cast Iron Skillet for This Casserole?

You can prepare this in any oven-safe baking dish or skillet, but I love using cast iron skillets for even heating from stovetop to oven. For this recipe, I used a 10.25″ cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets last forever. I have several that were my grandmothers that are over 50 years old!

Mouthwatering shot looking down at the bubbling quick keto ground beef skillet casserole fresh from the oven, loaded with velvety cream sauce and melted cheese.

What’s the difference between 80/20 and lean ground beef?

The 80/20 refers to the meat’s fat-to-protein ratio. 80% lean ground beef contains 20% fat, creating juicier, more tender, and flavorful casserole recipes. Lean or 95% beef is lower in fat at 5%, making it healthier but drier! I always use 80/20 for the best flavor.

Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

Sure! It’s a great way to save time! Simply assemble the casserole, cover it tightly, and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. Then, when ready to enjoy it, pop it in the oven.

Is this Easy Low-Carb Ground Beef Casserole Gluten-Free?

Yes, it is naturally gluten-free. The main ingredients – ground beef, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green beans, and seasonings – do not contain gluten. Make sure, though, to check the ingredients you use in your kitchen. Sometimes, gluten can be sneaky.

Can I make this casserole keto-friendly?

It already is at less than 4g net carbs per serving.

What Can I Serve With It?

I keep it simple and serve it with a leafy garden salad. It would also be yummy with Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits or Creamy Keto Cauliflower Mash.

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
  • Italian Sausage
  • Ground Pork
  • Shredded Chicken

(Consider swapping chicken broth for beef broth if using poultry)

Vegetable Variations:  

There are so many options! Zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, squash, or mushrooms are all great low-carb options. You might also like my Cheesy Ground Beef and Cauliflower Casserole.

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.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a spicier version when seasoning the ground beef mixture.
  • Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce to enhance the umami taste and depth of the casserole.

Storing and Freezing This Low Carb Casserole

It stays fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Freezer:

For longer-term freezing, up to 3 months, wrap the cooled casserole tightly in plastic wrap, then foil. This prevents freezer burn. Dairy may cause a slight texture change upon thawing, but it won’t affect taste.

Thawing & Reheating:

Thaw overnight in the fridge before gently reheating in 325°F oven until heated through, about 30 minutes. You can also reheat it in the microwave.

While this low-carb version may be a bit different than my childhood friend’s mom’s original recipe with potatoes, it still has all the comforting flavors I remember. I hope your family enjoys this hearty, cheesy casserole as much as mine does!

Other Keto Casserole Recipes:

More Easy Keto Ground Beef Recipes:

Whip up this easy, quick, low-carb ground beef casserole on hectic weeknights or meal prep ahead on the weekends to always have a delicious low-carb dinner ready to enjoy!

Close up of steaming hot keto ground beef casserole being served onto a plate using a wooden serving spoon, showcasing the dish's mouthwatering blend of beef, beans, and melted cheese
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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

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) degrees.
  • Grab a skillet and cook the ground beef. When it's done, use a strainer to remove any extra grease.
  • Add the room temperature cream cheese to the cooked beef in the skillet. Stir it until the cheese melts and mixes with the beef. Yum!
  • 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.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. That means keeping it gently bubbling but not boiling too hard.
  • Drain the green beans and add them to the beef mixture.
  • Sprinkle some cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese on top of the green beans.
  • Finally, pop the skillet into the preheated oven and bake it all together for 25 minutes. It will come out golden and bubbly.

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Notes

We use ground beef from ButcherBox Meat Subscription. All of the meat is excellent quality and delivered to your door! 
Variations to this Healthy Ground Beef Casserole Recipe:
Meat Variations: Ground Turkey, Ground Chicken, Italian Sausage, Ground Pork, and Shredded Chicken
* (I swap the beef broth for chicken broth when using poultry)
Vegetable Variations:  zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, bell peppers, and mushrooms
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.
  • 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 soup 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 contains dairy products, which sometimes break down when frozen. It shouldn't change the taste, but the sauce's texture might vary.

Nutrition

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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Keto ground beef casserole collage with cooked casserole photo in cast iron skillet on bottom and bubbly cheese-topped slice plated on top with white text in middle reading Keto Ground Beef Casserole

1,144 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is one of my fave low carb dishes to make. I make it as written and then top mine off with hot sauce – YUM!

    1. So glad you love it, Dee! I’m not a fan of hot sauce but most of my family sure is! Thank you for your review.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum so easy and delicious. I did not have beef bullion so I made this with chicken and bullion. I forgot to bake it and it was still perfectly amazing.

    1. 4 stars
      Easy and yummy. I made this in my all-in-one cooker and had a no mess clean up.

    1. YES! I love it when our picky kids (or spouses) love an unexpected dish! Thanks for the review and comment!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness-this was good! I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure it would seem “hearty” enough, but somehow it worked without any pasta or additional ingredients.

    The only things I changed were adding fresh chopped onion in lieu of onion powder, minced garlic instead of garlic powder and I omitted the aminos because I had no idea what that even was :).

    This with a couple of no carb tortillas to dip in the creamy sauce and it was a wonderful meal. Would have been good with a side salad too-maybe next time!

  4. 5 stars
    Make exactly like the recipe with the added suggestion of mushrooms and it was delicious! I’m always looking for good low carb recipes. Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    This will be the 3rd time I made this, except this time I used turkey burger in place of beef. This time it tasted amazing. It had more flavor this time verse the past 2 times. Excellent, and easy dinner.

  6. I make this all the time for my 4 per. family, now our older kids moved in.. I need to make a bigger helping. Do I just double everything? I appreciate your help.

  7. 5 stars
    I promise that this is a great review, even though it may not seem like it at first! lol I made this tonight on a whim. I came across it a few months ago and saved it because it seemed simple enough and I almost always have all of the ingredients on-hand. I won’t bore you with the details, but today was a crappy day…everything that could go wrong, DID and my husband…don’t get me started. lol Anyways, it’s dinner time and I had laid out a pound of ground beef earlier without having a clue to what I was going to make. Sooo, I’m flipping through all of my saved recipes thinking that I needed some stupid recipe to make stupid supper for my stupid…well, ya see where I’m going with this. So I made this and omg, it was GOOD and not stupid at all! lol I used frozen green beans because that’s what I had and used fiesta blend cheese and a dash of cayenne pepper. It was fast, simple and delicious…the hubs even said so, which got us talking again! lol So, you not only saved our dinner, but possibly our marriage! Joking! It’s def a keeper, thank you!!

  8. 5 stars
    I love how easy this meal is. I just made it with canned Asparagus tonight because I didn’t have canned green beans and it was so good!

  9. 5 stars
    Made this last nite for dinner! OMG not only it is so delicious but oh so easy, well for me it was cause I’m not a person who cooks! Will be trying more of your recipes, this dinner was oh so yummy!

  10. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Easy!
    I enjoyed the recipe as is and then substituted chicken for beef, chicken broth for beef broth and broccoli for the green beans. Delish!

  11. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe many times. I often use 1/2 lb very lean ground beef and a 1/2 lb hot italian sausage; or your choice. adding in some red yellow or green bell peppers and even mushrooms are delicious as well.,

  12. 5 stars
    This is my favorite. I make this nearly every week and I almost have the recipe memorized. I prefer steamed broccoli but the original green beans are just as good.

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe many times, sometimes with canned or fresh green beans and sometimes with fresh asparagus. Either way is delicious! We’re having it again tonight.

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