Following a new diet can be a serious struggle especially when strong cravings creep up. While the ketogenic diet doesn’t tolerate carbs there are still many delicious foods you can enjoy. There are great recipes out there that prove you can eat your timeless favorites without the carbs by making a few substitutions.

Using ground beef as the main ingredient is an easy way to add protein to your meals. Then, by adding in a few other fatty ingredients to pair, you can have yourself a delicious keto-approved meal into time. Here we have found 15 ketogenic meals that all revolve around ground beef and are perfect for dinner.

1. Low-Carb Chili

Chili is a timeless classic meal. It’s full of savory ingredients and is perfect for cold or dreary days. Not only is this chili low carb but it’s high in fat too making it a great contender for your ketogenic diet.

To create this delicious chili you’ll start by browning the meat and then add in the chopped vegetables soon after. This meal finishes in a large pot or slow cooker, your choice. The longer the cooking time the more the ingredients will morphe together creating one delightful bite.

2. Instant Pot Low-Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Soup is another comforting meal that is great for uplifting your moods and your taste buds on a gloomy or cold day. This unstuffed cabbage soup combines all the ingredients and love that goes into making cabbage rolls into one inviting soup recipe.

To make things even easier this soup is made in the instant pot. This meal is great for busy weeknights because it will take under 30 minutes to create.

3. Shepard’s Pie

Growing up, Shepard’s pie used to be one of my favorite meals, mostly because of the delicious mashed potato top layer. Potatoes are high in carbs and aren’t keto-approved but no need to worry because with this recipe you too can continue to enjoy a favorite like Shepard’s pie.

The top layer is created with creamy mashed cauliflower that won’t make you miss your beloved potatoes at all. Underneath the pillowy mashed cauliflower is a layer of savory ground beef. This will please the whole family, even if you have family members who aren’t following the keto diet.

4. Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

If you have a cheeseburger craving while on your keto diet instead of running to the nearest drive-through make this soup recipe instead. It’s loaded with all the flavors you love about a cheeseburger but without the guilt.

From preparation to your dinner table, you’ll have this meal ready in just 30 minutes. Cauliflower florets add substance and a hearty flavor to this soup while ground beef, bacon bits, heavy cream and cheddar cheese make it takes like the real deal.


5. Cheesy Mexican Taco Skillet

Save this recipe for your next taco Tuesday. You won’t have to cheat on your diet and your whole family will surely love it too. The best part is it only takes 25 minutes from start to finish, perfect for a busy night.

The base is made of ground beef, diced onions, peppers, tomatoes and green chills. Taco seasonings will give this meal an authentic Mexican flavor and cauliflower rice will add substance. Top it off with a layer of shredded cheese, sliced jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream.

6. Low-Carb Tacos

If the taco skillet didn’t feel authentic enough for your liking then whip up these low-carb tacos instead. The shell is made completely from cheese. This recipe provides an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve the perfect cheesy taco shells.

Once the shells have been formed all that is left is preparing the filling. This is done by browning ground beef with savory seasonings. Make sure to have loads of keto-approved toppings on hand, such as avocado, cheese, lettuce and sour cream to build the perfect taco.

7. Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapenos are awesome appetizers, especially for parties. However, with a few added ingredients such as ground beef, they can quickly become a delicious meal too.

This recipe begins by halving jalapenos and then browning the ground beef. Cream cheese is added to the ground beef to make the mixture extra creamy. To assemble, scoop the mixture into each jalapeno, wrap with a piece of bacon and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. They’ll finish in the oven and you’ll know they’re finished when the bacon gets crispy.

8. Keto Butter Burgers

The keto diet is all about getting enough fats in your daily diet. If you’re getting bored of your same old meals then add this recipe to the mix. These keto butter burgers are the perfect fat bomb that you’ve been missing.

3 main ingredients make up these keto burgers, ground beef, butter, and cheese. Then with a few seasonings and a muffin tin, you can have a plethora of fat bombs on hand. They even freeze well if you like to meal prep or enjoy having quick meals on hand. Serve these with your favorite keto-approved veggies or enjoy on their own.


9. Egg Roll In A Bowl

Egg rolls are a must-have when ordering Chinese takeout. They are, however, not keto-friendly. If you’re craving your beloved takeout no need to worry just whip up this egg roll in a bowl for a quick fix.

To ensure this recipe is not only low carb but keto-approved too make sure to substitute additional cabbage or another low carb veggies of your choice for the carrots. This bowl is booming with texture and vibrant in flavor. The mix of sweet stevia and spicy crushed red pepper will help balance all the flavors out.

10. Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Skillet

This recipe is dedicated to all the strong pasta cravings. Spaghetti squash makes an excellent substitute because of it’s string-like texture making it the perfect dupe for spaghetti noodles.

This skillet dish is filled with simple ingredients that will make a lasting impression on you and your family. Ground beef and a top layer of ooey-gooey cheese will surely satisfy your spaghetti and meatball craving. Within this recipe, you’ll find a homemade low carb marinara sauce recipe that you’ll definitely want to include.

11. Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

Philly cheese steaks are often a crowd favorite. Don’t binge on your diet when that craving hits because with this recipe you can indulge in the same flavors but without all the carbs.

A bell pepper will substitute a bun and will hold all the alluring ingredients you love about Philly cheesesteaks. Mushrooms, ground beef, minced onion, and diced bell pepper make up the filling. The bold flavoring comes from Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and crushed tomatoes. Lastly, shredded cheese is mixed in before baking to give it a gooey irresistible texture.

12. Keto Fat Head Lasagna

Many low carb lasagnas come with some sort of vegetable substitute for the noodles which is great on some occasions. However, other times you really crave that carby pasta. Instead of layers of veggies, this lasagna has a fat head noodle recipe that is low carb, high fat and the closest thing to pasta.

The fat head noodles are made from almond flour, cheese, egg and a few delicious seasonings. Then you’ll add layers of ground beef, keto-approved marinara sauce, ricotta cheese and shredded cheese for an authentic lasagna dinner.


13. Spicy Beef Ramen

Traditional ramen noodles are very high in carbs coming in around 63 grams. Thanks to shirataki pasta (translucent Japanese noodles) you can enjoy an authentic ramen dish without the carbs.

This spicy beef variation is savory and spicy and is most importantly keto-friendly. The base of the ramen comes from beef broth and is then filled with the clear noodles, ground beef, celery, and loads of seasonings to make this dish stand out.

14. Keto Meatloaf Stuffed With Cheese

Many meatloaf recipes call for breadcrumbs amongst the mixture. But with this recipe – you don’t have to miss out on a family favorite because this recipe proves how easy it is to make a meatloaf that is low carb and keto-approved.

The meatloaf mixture is made from ground beef, ground chorizo and loads of seasonings. An egg and coconut flour are what bind all the ingredients together, both keto-approved. To give this meatloaf a fat bomb upgrade fill the center with chunks of cheese prior to cooking in the oven.

15. Beef Stroganoff Meatballs

Beef stroganoff is another classic dinner dish that has comforting pasta and a creamy sauce. Between the delicious sauce and savory meatballs, you won’t be missing pasta in this recipe.

The meatballs call for almond flour and an egg to bind all the delicious ingredients together. The sauce is made from mushrooms, butter, beef broth sour cream and a few other ingredients to give it an inviting flavor and a creamy texture.

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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