Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe: Italian Keto Beef Skillet

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This cheesy Easy Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe: Italian Keto Beef Skillet has a complex flavor profile. With hints of garlic, rich spaghetti sauce, and hearty ground beef, this recipe will have you making it again and again. It’s one of my favorite recipes on nights where I don’t have a lot of time to cook and clean a huge mess. Whether you are meal planning for the week or need a quick, easy dinner, this recipe is a fabulous quick low-carb dinner idea.

A serving of keto Italian ground beef casserole on a plate #keto #lowcarb


Easy Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe

I love using cauliflower rice in my recipes because it combines the texture and flavors of rice without the carbs. However, cauliflower can take over the dish without the right attention, making it mushy and gross. To combat this, I boil it in sauces and seasonings. This adds a rich flavor and balance to any keto meal, as the seasonings and textures work together in harmony providing the perfect keto meal. In simple terms, I don’t want to taste or smell the cauliflower.

Italian foods are one of my favorites, so I’m always trying to create new Italian low-carb recipes. I made this recipe one day for lunch, and three out of four kids loved it, which is a win in my family. This recipe combines rich flavors, depth of texture with the cauliflower rice, and seasonings for the perfect Italian low-carb meal.

Browned ground beef in cast-iron skillet.

I always keep browned ground beef in the freezer, so I don’t have to go through the hassle of cooking ground beef for every recipe. Browning ground beef in batches is a fantastic time-saver. I grab it out of the freezer, defrost it, and it’s ready to go. You can read this tip and others in 5 easy keto/low carb meal prep ideas.

Ground beef, marinara, and cauliflower rice in cast iron skillet.

In my kitchen, I choose my battles, and marinara sauce is one of them. While I know that homemade is always best, I prefer to use the store-bought lower-carb marinara sauces like Rao’s and Mezzettas found at Walmart or the ALDI brand for simplicity and time management. Along with using store-bought marinara, I also buy frozen riced cauliflower. Being a huge time saver, I love to use it in all recipes featuring cauliflower since it is keto-friendly.

Beef mixture with mozzarella cheese being sprinkled over the top.

For best results, grate your mozzarella before adding to the beef mixture, as it reduces the number of fillers in the cheese compared to pre-shredded cheese, which may add more carbs.

Italian Keto Beef Skillet finished in cast iron skillet, with wooden spoon off to the side.

I love using my cast iron skillet cast because it can go from stove to oven without getting other dishes dirty. This provides simple cleanup and preparation. Cast iron skillets offer lifetime durability. I have cast iron skillets over fifty years old that my grandmother once used to prepare meals for my family.

cast iron skillet
They are very affordable if you don’t already have a cast-iron skillet, like this Lodge cast iron skillet that I use weekly.

Can I Eat Ground Beef on a Low Carb Diet?

Yes, it’s an easy, flavorful, and highly versatile way to get fat into your keto diet. Although grass-fed beef is best, it’s not necessary. I choose a fattier option in 80/20. If you would prefer ground turkey, it can be substituted in this low-carb ground beef recipe.

How do I Keep this Recipe from Tasting Like Cauliflower?

When cooking with cauliflower, you have to give it extra seasoning, flavor, and attention to get it tasting just right. In this low-carb ground beef recipe, I simmer everything for 15 minutes to infuse the cauliflower with all the spices and sauce. This is especially important when cooking with cauliflower.


Italian Ground Beef and Rice in skillet with cheese pull.

This low-carb ground beef recipe would go great with a nice leafy green salad or green veggies such as Southern Green Beans or roasted broccoli. With only 5 net carbs per serving, this Italian Beef Skillet makes a delicious and filling keto dinner.

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Italian Keto Beef Skillet plated with cast iron skillet in background.


How to Store Italian Keto Beef Skillet

This Low Carb ground beef recipe for Italian beef skillet can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days and rewarmed. It is one of those dishes that tastes better rewarmed as the extra time gives the flavors longer to infuse in the recipe. If you prefer to freeze for later, make sure to use an airtight freezer container.

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Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe: Italian Keto Beef Skillet

This Low Carb Ground Beef Recipe is quick, easy, and uses only one pan, with bold flavors and easy cleanup this is the perfect one skillet low carb meal.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time32 minutes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, casual, Italian
Keyword: Low Carb Ground Beef Casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In an oven-safe skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onion, then drain.
  • Follow the directions on the bag to steam the cauliflower in the microwave.
  • Add steamed cauliflower, marinara sauce, broth, and spices to the ground beef mixture.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered while the sauce cooks down and thickens.
  • Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top and place the skillet in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Move to the top rack and broil for 1-2 minutes so that the cheese bubbles and begins to brown.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 17g | Fiber: 2g
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Collage of two pictures with Italian Keto Ground Beef Skillet.


  1. Hi Great recipe. How many ounces is one serving? I don’t seem to be able to locate how much is one serving?
    Thank you!

    1. I don’t weigh it. The number of servings is listed at the top of the recipe card. I just divide it evenly.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is really good and I did not purchase the Marinara sauce that was recommended. It was 10.79 a jar for that brand so a I picked one that is cheaper and still imported from Italy. A++++

  3. 5 stars
    Loved it! Hate cauliflower…so I almost changed it to brown rice! So glad I used the cauliflower…it was delicious and my husband couldn’t stay out of it!

    1. Meda, so glad y’all enjoyed it. So much for leftovers! Looks like your hubby took care of that. lol

  4. 5 stars
    Not sure how many of your recipes we’ve tried but there have been plenty. This one went over really well tonight, both my wife and son said they definitely want this again. My son’s line was: “That’s really good although I cant imagine it’s healthy based on how good it tastes”

    We may try adding mushrooms or diced peppers next time, but as it is, it’s a big winner. Thank you.

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