10 Easy Keto Beef Recipes for Weeknights

by Sukhsatej Batra, Ph. D September 02, 2021

While many foods are off limits on the keto diet, you can safely add ground beef to your shopping list. As a good source of protein and fat, ground beef that is perfect if you are on the low carb keto diet. It is a versatile ingredient that is easy to cook in several different ways for a different taste every time! Some favorite meals like burgers, meat loaf, and cheeseburger casseroles contain ground beef as the key ingredient. Here, we have compiled a list of 10 easy keto ground beef recipes that you can make on weeknights for the whole family to enjoy.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

There are many ground beef casserole recipes that are low carb and perfect for a keto dinner and the keto bacon cheeseburger casserole is a great one-dish keto friendly meal that will work for any weeknight dinner. The advantage to this keto ground beef dinner recipe is that it uses a few simple ingredients and is easy to make. Another advantage is that it can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen, so make it on a weekend and save on meal prep time on a work day evening. Simply reheat and enjoy it with some fresh salad on the side on any night of the week. (1) 

Keto Zucchini Lasagna

The keto zucchini lasagna is another meal prepping recipe that can be made and frozen for a weeknight dinner when you are not in a mood to cook. This recipe uses zucchini instead of lasagna noodles to make a keto friendly traditional Italian meal that has low net carbs but is as delicious as the original. To cut back on your red meat intake, you can also make the keto zucchini lasagna with ground turkey instead of ground beef. (2)

Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice Casserole

If you are looking for a recipe that has low carb vegetables included in one dish, then this ground beef and cauliflower rice casserole is for you. It has cauliflower and spinach, two low carb vegetables included in the recipe with the option of adding more vegetables if you want to. This recipe is very flexible and allows you to substitute ground turkey, ground pork or Italian sausage in place of ground beef for a change in taste. Check out the recipe and other great tips on how to make a great ground beef and cauliflower rice casserole that may become your favorite low carb dinner. (3)

Keto Cheesy Mexican Taco Skillet

You don’t need to miss out on Mexican food when you are on the keto diet because many delicious Mexican recipes use ground beef as the main ingredient. The keto cheesy Mexican taco skillet uses only few keto friendly, low carb ingredients that you will find listed on the recipe card. The best thing is, the meal can be ready to eat in 30 minutes, which is just perfect for a weeknight dinner! Top the keto taco dish with a dollop of sour cream, sliced avocado, or jalapeños and toss a salad, steam some broccoli or green beans on the side to accompany this keto cheesy Mexican Taco meal. (4)

Keto Meatloaf

This easy, keto meatloaf recipe could easily become a favorite for weeknight dinner because you can have it ready in a short time. It is keto friendly, using almond flour instead of breadcrumbs and you can add finely shredded low carb veggies in the meatloaf to make it a complete meal. Try making this keto meatloaf for a quick weeknight dinner that the whole family can enjoy. (5)

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Ground beef stroganoff served over low carb cabbage noodles, zucchini zoodles or cauliflower rice is simply a comfort food that you might turn to on winter nights. It is creamy, flavorful and can be made quickly on a weeknight. You might want to try making the ground beef stroganoff with apple cider vinegar instead of the brandy and ground turkey instead of ground beef for a change. (6)

Keto Swedish Meatballs

Mashed cauliflower potatoes topped with keto meatballs and gravy is one weeknight meal you may be having more frequently than you think. The Swedish meatballs are made with ground beef as the main ingredient and pork rinds as a binding agent, though you can substitute these ingredients with ground chicken and almond flour. You cannot go wrong with this easy low carb recipe. (7)

Stuffed Peppers

This simple recipe for low carb taco stuffed peppers is sure to satisfy your taste buds and craving for a filling meal any night of the week. They are a complete meal made with low carb green bell peppers, ground beef, cauliflower rice, flavorful fire roasted tomatoes, cheese and taco seasoning. Try out this keto friendly recipe for stuffed peppers the next time you are looking for a new dinner idea. (8)

Korean Ground Beef Bowl

The Korean ground beef bowl is a yummy addition to your keto meal plan that you can have any night of the week. The Korean ground beef bowl recipe has been adapted to replace carbohydrate rich rice with cauliflower rice that you can stir fry over medium-high heat to give it a delicious flavor. Cook spicy ground beef in a keto friendly Korean stir fry sauce and serve over cauliflower rice for a great family dinner. You can use ground pork, turkey or chicken in place of ground beef if you are looking for variety or if you want to cut back on you red meat intake. (9)

Italian Ground Beef and Cauliflower Skillet

Try this low carb ground beef recipe for a cheesy, Italian meal that is gluten free and is low in net carbs because it does not contain any pasta. This easy keto recipe can be made quickly on a week night using staples such as ground beef, cauliflower florets, heavy cream and mozzarella cheese seasoned with Italian spices. Try recipe for an Italian meal that is keto friendly and perfect if you are on the ketogenic diet. (10)

A final Note

Weekdays can be hectic without the additional stress of spending time cooking at the end of a long work day.  Finding easy keto friendly recipes to make on weeknights when you are on a low carb diet is not difficult if you have ground beef at hand in your refrigerator or freezer. Although you can have ground beef in your meals every day of the week, it is a good idea to limit your intake of red meat and most of the recipes above can be made with ground chicken or ground turkey instead of ground beef.


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  4. https://www.castironketo.net/blog/keto-cheesy-mexican-taco-skillet/
  5. https://twosleevers.com/keto-meatloaf/
  6. https://www.lowcarbmaven.com/low-carb-beef-stroganoff-ground-beef-stroganoff/
  7. https://stylishcravings.com/keto-swedish-meatballs-recipe/
  8. https://realsimplegood.com/easy-keto-stuffed-peppers/
  9. https://www.wholesomeyum.com/korean-ground-beef-bowl-recipe/
  10. https://deliciouslittlebites.com/italian-ground-beef-cauliflower/
Sukhsatej Batra, Ph. D
Sukhsatej Batra, Ph. D

Sukhsatej Batra has a Ph. D in Foods and Nutrition with a passion for motivating people to improve their well-being and achieve results through healthy lifestyle changes. Previously, Sukhsatej has worked as a Senior Research and Development Scientist and college professor.

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