13 Keto Ground Beef Recipes

Easy Keto Korean Beef with Cauli Rice in a brown bowl
Photo: Shawn Peters

Ground beef is an affordable, easily managed way to get the macros you need to be a keto king (or queen!). Available in various fat percentages, it's a keto diet superstar, allowing you to get protein and fat in your body affordably, enjoyably, and easily. This gallery of recipes will take you around the world in keto-compliance to show that restrictions don't have to mean missing out. Global takes on ground beef will have you rediscovering this everyday ingredient in new and fabulous ways, from curries to casseroles.

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Easy Keto Beef Tacos

Easy Keto Beef Tacos on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

Yep, you read this right—we're starting with something that typically is sandwiched in grainy carbs. This just goes to show that you don't have to give up as much as you might be thinking. This recipe actually makes tacos even better by creating their shells from straight-up cheese. Reviewer Kent Guerrette is a fan, raving "OMG, the best taco I have ever had! Cheesy and flavorful." And Angela Akin Jackson claims they're "better than regular tacos with the cheesy shells."

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Keto Beef Egg Roll Slaw

Keto Beef Egg Roll Slaw
Big Red

This recipe by Chez Gnar gives us a creative keto spin on a takeout favorite, deconstructing a normally carb-wrapped, deep-fried snack and adding sriracha to the mix. Fellow home cooks took the creator's cue and embellished on what Meghan Young calls "a great base recipe!" For instance, reviewer SMLG added broccoli, Patty-DC subbed in liquid aminos, Xmama topped it with an egg, and TUNISIANSWIFE used tamari, saying "no soy is allowed on strict keto; tamari's okay for dirty keto."

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Algerian Kefta (Meatballs)

Algerian Kefta Meatballs
Photo by Rock_Lobster.

Recipe contributor jacqueline senouci says this recipe was "taught to me by my Algerian husband, one of his favorites from home." A special bonus of this recipe? It uses Ras el hanout, a bold and unique North African spice blend. You can make the seasoning yourself or buy it at any African markets or well-stocked spices shops.

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Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
Soup Loving Nicole

When the craving for a burger hits, turn to this convenient, low-carb soup. Reviewer Chuck exclaims it "tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger!" and so did Debbie DeFevrew, who says it "turned out totally yummy." Just make sure to add the garnish of tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce at the very end to keep them crisp.

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Keto Tex-Mex Ground Beef Casserole

Keto Tex-Mex Ground Beef Casserole with sour cream and olives

This casserole dares you to up the fat (and flavor) ante with "pork rinds for crunch," per recipe creator Bibi. Heavy cream and a bold blend of spices makes it mouthwateringly rich, and riced cauliflower adds volume to the dish. Everyone at elaine's potluck agreed that "the flavor was yummy ... there was nothing left and everyone kept asking, 'who made that?'!"

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Easy Keto Korean Beef with Cauli Rice

Easy Keto Korean Beef with Cauli Rice in a brown bowl
Shawn Peters

Divisive as it may be, cauliflower rice is a godsend for many on a keto regimen, and pairs superbly with ground beef. In this easy three-step recipe, flavorful sesame oil adds to the fat you need to meet your minimums, and its distinctive fragrance combined with soy sauce and ginger make it at an irresistible Asian-inspired dish."We both loved it and served it as a salad instead of over cauliflower rice," says Rebecca.

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Ultimate Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna

Ultimate Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna

Using naturally low-carb zucchini has been a popular hack for pasta for some time now, as the popularization of the spiralizer will attest, but here, our favorite summer squash gets a simpler shape as a stand-in for lasagna sheets. What is typically an indulgent calorie bomb is a keto dream, packed full of meat and fatty cheeses to get you to the right ratios. Angela Tokarski shares that "adding some sauce to the pan so the zucchini doesn't stick" helps, and Norma Perez bakes the zucchini first, then puts it on paper towels to soak up moisture to keep it from getting watery.

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Pakistani Ground Beef Curry

Pakistani Ground Beef Curry in a grey bowl

This beloved Pakistani dish was contributed by danie, who refers to this recipe as a "family favorite." Go easy on the peas to keep the carb count low; danie notes that you can even omit them as long as you add more water.

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Pepperoni Meatza

Pepperoni Meatza
Photo by Angela Morris.

This is the kind of recipe that those on the fence about keto hop right on over for. Using ground beef as a pizza crust, recipe creator Adpa says it "sounds weird at first, but it is absolutely delicious and very filling." Top with keto-friendly veggies of your choice like spinach or peppers as well as more meat, but make sure to use the baking sheet size specified, as Viki recommends, since "ground beef shrinks from the fat cooking out. Using the larger baking sheet will stretch out the mixture to a thinner base."

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Hamburger Quiche

Hamburger Quiche

"Not for those on a diet," cautions recipe creator Jeff, "but guaranteed to satisfy." That's pretty ideal, since the keto diet lets you have the protein and fat most diets don't. Skip the hash brown crust to stay compliant. Reviewer McDonald kicked it up with "real bacon," jalapeño, and pepper jack cheese, then pronounced it "a keeper in my recipe book!"

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Brazilian Picadillo

Brazilian Picadillo

This family recipe was contributed by JRICE, whose aunt introduced her to this "chili alternative." Reviewer Suki drew the same comparison, saying, "I've always done chili and wanted a variation—this was it. I was worried about adding capers and vinegar, but was surprised at how it complemented the dish. I also found that I enjoyed the cinnamon and the slight sweetness." But she notes for all home cooks, "being on low carb, the only thing I was careful about was the olives and tomatoes."

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Giant Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

Close up of Giant Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

This recipe takes advantage of the license to eat copious amounts of bacon and beef that many keto dieters sign up for. Although it does require some bread crumbs to bind the meatballs together, it's proportionately low at just 4.7 grams of carbs per ball to 27.4 grams of protein and 21.4 grams of fat. Some reviewers made the carb call to use real diced onion; you can do the same if you've got the wiggle room that day.

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Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili on a white plate

This classic Ohio dish of spiced chili is often served over spaghetti, but you can make it keto-friendly by eating it alone or over zoodles. The trio of cinnamon, cloves, and chocolate give it a unique zing that many find irresistible. Reviewer Andy F. says, "My grandma lived just outside of Cincinnati and had a chili recipe with nearly 100 ingredients … this is pretty close and obviously a lot easier." No matter what, though, using unsweetened chocolate (70% or more cocoa solids) is key to keeping it keto.

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