Keto ground beef and green beans

Keto ground beef and green beans

A one skillet wonder: real food, affordable ingredients, simple prep, tasty dinner, and easy cleanup. It's keto fast food, made right in your kitchen. Bring it on!

Keto ground beef and green beans

A one skillet wonder: real food, affordable ingredients, simple prep, tasty dinner, and easy cleanup. It's keto fast food, made right in your kitchen. Bring it on!
2 servingservings


  • 12 oz. 350 g ground beef or ground turkey
  • 9 oz. 260 g fresh green beans
  • 3½ oz. 100 g butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 13 cup 80 ml mayonnaise (optional)
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  1. Rinse and trim the green beans.
  2. Heat up butter or oil in a frying pan where you can fit both the ground beef and the green beans.
  3. Brown the ground beef on high heat until it's almost done. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Lower the heat somewhat. Fry the beans for 5 minutes in the same pan. Stir the ground beef every now and then.
  5. Season beans with salt and pepper. Serve with remaining butter and add mayonnaise or crème fraiche if you need more fat for satiety.


This keto dish can be cooked with other low-carb vegetables like zucchini, asparagus, broccoli or spinach. Feel free to use your favorite spices to give the meat, veggies, and/or dip more flavor – chili powder and paprika, some herbs and onion powder, or perhaps a little garlic and basil.

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  1. Vanessa
    I love ground beef ('minced beef' in the UK) and I often use beef like this but add a teaspoon or so of the wonderful tex-mex seasoning, with a little of your Italian season too. Love DD the Low Carb High Fat way of living?
  2. Angel
    This was fairly basic, but enjoyable. I couldn't use near the amount of butter called for, so I decreased significantly. I also couldn't imagine putting mayo on this. The meat needed seasoning, so I used sumac, coriander and cumin, but I imagine any blend of spices would be good. I also don't think there's any way I could have cooked this all in one pan (I was making 4 servings) - I feel like some of these "one pan" recipes are made in a cafeteria or something. Anyway, save the stress and just use a second pan for the green beans. So much easier!
  3. S
    Once the ground beef was cooked I added a huge amount (5+ cups) of spinach that going "south" in my fridge. Once I removed the ground beef mixture from the pan, I added fresh broccoli instead of the green beans and let those steam. I divided this into four containers. Three went into the fridge, one got topped with an egg and I was set.
  4. Daniel
    I have a question for the doctor :)
    What is the recommend percentage of fat in the meat used for these kinds of dishes?
  5. Pou
    I tried cooking this for dinner and the next day lunch, so 2 servings...

    it used half a block of butter... it's kinda off putting although it tasted alright.

    would not recommend that 100g of butter hahahaha....

    I used lean beef as I kinda knew the butter is gonna overflow....

  6. Daniel
    Anyone have a recommendation regarding fat content of meat, the doc doesn't seem to be in :)
  7. Susie
    I use 20% fat
  8. Jae
    I added cauliflower rice to soak up the butter :)
  9. Beccy
    It needs a gravy!! We dont eat mince like that in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  10. Marla
    I thought it was perfect! Buttery delicious and I added a dollup if mayo at end. Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow to eat the leftovers!
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  12. Malto
    What I mean is I prefer the low carb options, they suit me better
  13. Jean
    Should you drain off the fat that comes out of the ground beef?
    Reply: #14
  14. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    That is up to you and may depend on how fatty your ground beef is. Some people prefer it drained while others don't.
  15. Dawn H
    I made this tonight, added my favorite seasonings to the ground beef cooked with some coconut oil. Once it was almost brown I added fresh green beans and some green onion and butter. Covered it with foil and let it cook til tender. I topped it with shredded cheddar. Not bad for a quick meal that is different from my usual speedy meals.
  16. Jane
    Not one of my favourites!
  17. John
    This can be adapted to the high protein, lower fat version of keto/low carb by lowering the olive oil/butter from 3.5 oz to 1 oz.

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