Best Keto Taco Casserole

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Are you tired of same-ol’ tacos that always seem to fall apart and make a mess? Well, fear not, my friends, because the solution to all your taco troubles has arrived in this beautiful form- a taco casserole!

This taco casserole has all the delicious flavors of a traditional taco but is baked into a casserole, so it’s super easy to make and even easier to eat. If the article’s title has yet to reveal the secret, this recipe is keto-friendly so that you can reach for seconds even on a low-carb or keto diet. So, grab your oven mitts and prepare to spice up your dinner routine with this tasty keto taco casserole.

A Little More Information on Selecting The Ingredients:

Seasonings

Although the spices listed in the ingredients are man, don’t be alarmed. They are on the list because they create our preferred taco seasoning customized to our flavor profile. The good news is that most of these spices you should already have in your kitchen cabinet. We advocate for making your own special blend especially if you don’t have a prepackaged sachet of taco seasoning handy. If you like us and need control, doing this is also the preferred route. However, if you don’t have this concern or problem or want to avoid purchasing a bunch of individual seasonings, go ahead and use a pre-packaged mix. Just be sure to check the label before you put anything in your cart, as some may include hidden starch and carbs.

Either way, store-bought or homemade, you need this seasonings as they are a must-have and gives the authentic taco flavor to the casserole. 

Tip: If you decide to use a store-bought taco seasoning, you can omit the spices listed above and use 6 tbsp of the store-bought seasoning instead.

Ground Beef

Ground beef is the main protein in this casserole and helps to make it filling and satisfying. You can use any ground beef you like; just make sure it’s fully cooked before adding it to the casserole.

Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is used in this keto taco casserole recipe to add richness and creaminess. It helps balance the spices and gives the casserole a velvety texture.

While you can use regular milk as a substitute for heavy cream in this keto taco casserole recipe, note that milk has a lower fat content than heavy cream so that the casserole will be less rich and creamy. 

If you use milk as a substitute for heavy cream in this recipe, you may need to adjust the amount you use. Start with a little less milk than the amount of heavy cream called for in the recipe, and add more as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

It’s also worth noting that regular milk has a higher carb content than heavy cream, so it may not be suitable for the keto diet, although it may be okay for a low-carb diet. If you are on keto and don’t want to use heavy cream, consider omitting it altogether and using additional eggs instead. Other possibilities include unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. These alternatives will give the casserole a different flavor and texture, but if you want to make this recipe, those should still work.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese is the most commonly used type of cheese for taco casseroles. Cheddar has a creamy, tangy flavor that pairs well with the spicy flavors of taco seasoning and ground beef. It also melts well and helps to hold the casserole together.

That said, you can use any shredded cheese you prefer in your taco casserole. Some other options to consider include Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, pepper Jack, or a blend of different types of cheese. Feel free to experiment and find the cheese that you like the best.

If you’re looking for a dairy-free or vegan option, there are many plant-based cheeses on the market. Some possibilities include shredded vegan cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper Jack. You can find these cheeses at many health food stores or online.

When using shredded cheese in a taco casserole, it’s important to note that the texture and melting properties may vary depending on the cheese you choose. Some cheeses may melt more smoothly and evenly than others, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the casserole as it bakes and adjust the baking time as needed. 

Tip:  If you can, shred the cheese yourself, do so and opt for block cheese. Pre-shredded cheese often contain additives that may affect the melting properties.

Best Keto Taco Casserole

Best Keto Taco Casserole

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4.5(113)

45 minutes

10 Slice

Ingredients

Taco Seasoning
2 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Dried Oregano Leaves
2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, optional for added kick
Taco Casserole
1 pound Ground Beef
3 tbsp Taco Seasoning
6 Eggs
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 cloves of Minced Garlic
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Nutritional Information
248 Calories
20g Total Fat
1g Net Carbs
15.5g Protein

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 350F.
2
Combine all taco seasoning ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
This step does not need to complicated if you buy a premixed you can use about 1/2 a cup of that taco seasoning. You can check the notes section for the products we recommend.
3
In a skillet, brown the ground beef until it is no longer pink. Add the taco seasoning to the beef and stir until it is fully combined. Spread the beef mixture in a pie pan.
4
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, and minced garlic.
5
Pour the egg mixture over the beef mixture in the pie pan, and then top with shredded cheddar cheese.
6
Bake the taco casserole for 35 minutes. It is done when the center is set and the cheese is lightly browned around the edges.
7
Remove the keto taco casserole from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
Serve it with your desired toppings, such as sour cream, sauce, green onions, or anything else you prefer.
Notes
  • To ensure the dish is cooked perfectly, you can check the center of the casserole with a toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean, the casserole is done. If there is still some raw mixture, bake it for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • For added flavor and texture, you can top the casserole with some diced avocado, fresh cilantro, or sliced jalapenos before serving.
  • For leftovers, you can store the casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the oven or microwave before serving.
  • Enjoy your delicious and keto-friendly taco casserole! Don't forget to share your own variations and toppings in the comments.

    Variations and customization on Meat Base
  • This keto taco casserole is a great way to use leftover ground beef from taco night. If this is you, skip the taco seasoning step and use the leftover seasoned beef instead.
  • If you're not a fan of ground beef, you can easily make this keto casserole with ground turkey or chicken instead.
  • For a vegetarian version of this taco casserole, try using crumbled tofu or diced vegetables instead of ground beef.

Variations and customization on Toppings

  • Add diced onions, bell peppers, or sliced jalapenos for a little extra flavor. You can add some guacamole, sour cream, extra cheese, cilantro, or salsa. The world is your oyster, so let your creativity run wild with this one!
  • Try topping this taco casserole with crushed pork rinds before baking for a little extra crunch.

Storage

  • You can store the keto taco casserole in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you are doing the latter, thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Perfect Sides With Keto Taco Casserole

There are plenty of sides you could serve with this keto taco casserole.

  • You could make these amazingly crispy Nut-Free Keto Nachos.
  • You could make these Keto Tortilla Chips, or if you have low-carb tortillas, you could cut one into squares and fry them in a little bit of avocado oil to make homemade tortilla chips.
  • If you are tired and want to use something ready-made, try these excellent corn and cactus low-carb tortilla chips. They are a little pricy and sometimes hard to come by, but trust me, they are incredible! They taste just like the real deal.
  • If you’re up for the challenge, you could make Mexican cauliflower rice with your keto taco casserole! Use the same spices as you would make regular Mexican rice but use cauliflower rice instead! It’s a bit of extra work, but the payoff is worth it!

Wrap Up 

Thank you for following along! We hope you enjoy the spicy, savory flavors of this dish. We have made this a few times, and this is just the perfect recipe for a meal prep kind of week. It can be easily divided into individual servings and reheated for a quick and easy lunch or dinner throughout the week. 

If we have not said this enough, this casserole is incredible! It is versatile, so you can customize it to suit your preferences or dietary needs. Whether you use a store-bought taco seasoning or make your blend, this casserole will surely be a hit with the whole family. 

So do try it, and remember to share your variations and tips in the comments below. You can also share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #buttertogetherkitchen, and we may just feature your dish on our social media.

If you like this recipe, you will enjoy our Easy Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole! It is just as tasty and easy to make. 

Enjoy!

20 Comments

  • Raini

    The taco casserole is delicious as a vegetarian dish as well I changed up hamburger for morning star crumbles & it was great

  • Katey

    Can you substitute the heavy cream with 2% milk?

    • Kasey

      You can if you would like. Keep in mind that using 2% will raise up the carbs by quite a bit, as well as added sugar.

  • Brandee Tabacchi

    This was so easy and really good. I made a few changes to the recipe I added grilled red onion and sliced mushrooms to make it heartier. I also changed the red pepper flakes for ground chipotle chili pepper, used pink Himalayan salt, and cut back on the cheddar. I did half cheddar and mozzarella cheese instead. This was great with a dollop of sour cream and a slice of avocado.

  • Kiera

    It looks like you cooked yours in a cast iron skillet rather than a pie pan as stated in the directions. What size skillet did you use? Would this also work in a large, glass casserole dish?

    • Kasey

      It would work in a casserole dish. It is in a 10 inch skillet here.

  • Crystal

    Just made this for the first time! I love how forgiving it is if you don’t have a specific ingredient. I didn’t have any of the peppers on hand – so I just left them out. It turned out phenomenal. Thank you for the taco seasoning recipe as well. I had a pack I had previously bought before going keto and I was astonished at the amount of carbs per serving-not per pack! I definitely recommend trying this and will be trying it again.

  • Jessica

    Going to try this tomorrow night just curious if it is eggy, it looks so good.

    • Kasey

      We don’t think it is. Let us know what you thought! Thanks for trying it!

  • Marsha

    Can you use half and half instead of heavy cream?

  • TL

    Putting this together for the super bowl; looks like it’ll be a hit!

  • Karen

    Delicious! Used your recipe for taco seasoning and cut back to 2 tbsp. Added a little jalapeno and turned out perfect for us.
    Will definitely make it again.

  • Ann Anderson

    I threw this together at the last minute. I used McCormicks taco seasoning as it has no additives. I did drain the grease before adding the egg mixture. I baked it for 30 min at 350. It is delicious, lots of flavor, light and fluffy. I will definitely make it again.

  • Leslie

    WOW so easy so delicious
    I used taco sauce also followed recommendations for sides cauliflower rice with taco sauce and diced tomatoes
    Can not wait to try other recipes

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