Keto Tex-Mex casserole

Keto Tex-Mex casserole

Hearty and spicy like you daydream about. Loaded with classic Tex-Mex goodness — minus the carbs — this easy keto casserole will satisfy all your south-of-the-border cravings. And say goodbye to store-bought guac and packaged taco seasonings! Making your own is simple, healthy and delicious.

Keto Tex-Mex casserole

Hearty and spicy like you daydream about. Loaded with classic Tex-Mex goodness — minus the carbs — this easy keto casserole will satisfy all your south-of-the-border cravings. And say goodbye to store-bought guac and packaged taco seasonings! Making your own is simple, healthy and delicious.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs 650 g ground beef
  • 2 oz. 50 g butter
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp Tex-Mex seasoning
  • 7 oz. 200 g crushed tomatoes
  • 2 oz. 50 g pickled jalapeños
  • 7 oz. 200 g (425 ml) shredded cheese, for example Monterey Jack
For serving
  • 1 cup 225 ml crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 1 scallion, finely choppedscallions, finely chopped
  • 5 oz. 150 g leafy greens or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup 225 ml guacamole (optional)

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Fry the ground beef in butter on medium high heat, until cooked through and no longer pink.
  3. Add Tex-Mex seasoning and crushed tomatoes. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes. Taste to see if it needs additional salt and pepper.
  4. Place the ground-beef mixture in a greased baking dish (about 9" or 23 cm in diameter). Top with jalapeños and cheese.
  5. Bake on upper rack in oven for 15–20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  6. Chop the scallion finely and mix with the crème fraîche or sour cream in a separate bowl.
  7. Serve the casserole warm with a dollop of the crème fraîche or sour cream, guacamole and a green salad.

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Make your own Tex-mex seasoning

Don't be scared to recreate the flavors of Texas and Mexico right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Making your own Tex-Mex seasoning blend kicks sugar out the door and puts you in the driver’s seat. And, since variety is the spice of life, play around a little! Switch in hot smoked paprika or smoked salt. Grind up dried specialty peppers, or chop up a chipotle in adobo sauce. Taste as you go and you can't go wrong! Your Tex-Mex experience will be elevated to the next level.

How to vary this dish

This casserole can be varied in a million and one ways. You can wrap it up in our low-carb tortillas, fill a crunchy keto taco shell or serve it burrito style. The whole neighborhood will want to spend Taco Tuesdays at your place.

If you're not so much into the southern spice mood, substitute the Tex-Mex flavors (seasoning, jalapeños and guacamole) for pesto or add garlic powder, basil, salt and black pepper to taste. Top it with shredded mozzarella, sliced fresh tomatoes and a generous amount of grated parmesan cheese and you'll have an Italian version that's to die for.

If you feel like flirting with Indian cuisine you can substitute the ground beef for ground pork or ground chicken and season it with curry powder and Garam masala.

How to store this casserole

This dish can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator a day before you plan on serving it. Remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before reheating. Placing a cold baking dish straight from the fridge into a hot oven can cause your casserole dish to crack. Reheat in the oven at 300°F (150°C) until thoroughly warm.

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161 comments

  1. Teresa
    This recipe ills hunger in its track! Woo hooo! I decided to try intermittent fasting after eating this deliscious meal. I had it for early dinner 4pm. What really stunned me was that by 11pm I wasn’t hungry. I broke my fast 10:30am the following day. Will continue to make this dish, my husband who is not on the keto diet also loves it! I mad the spice mix and guacamole according to all the instructions. Since like was listed that what I used in my Tex mex prep. Thank you!
  2. Jill
    Wow! Loved this, very tasty, made it for me n hubby (not low carb) he loved it. I made as recipe and also did the guacamole and the tex mex seasoning it was quite filling and I'm fasting after this so hopefully will keep me full. Defintly going to be a regular on our menu. Thank you 😊
  3. Jason
    Substract fiber for net carbs
  4. Fraehan
    Hands down one of the best keto recipes here. I used taco seasoning instead of tex mex and it turned out just amazing with rich flavor.
  5. Kim
    I was doing well on keto until I ventured onto Pinterest, all Keto recipes aren't good keto recipes. Well, I'm back and I made this! I added black olives and extra jalapenos and it is delish! The only thing I would change is using a leaner meat. I made this with 80/20 Angus ground beef and there was a lot of oil...still delicious though.
  6. ron
    Mince and ground aren't exactly the same thing. Mince is more finely done, so I would guess it's processed differently. Then there's mincemeat, which is not just meat at all.
  7. ron
    Cooking in butter adds flavor. Even to just plain meat.
  8. ron
    Cooking in butter adds flavor. Even to just plain meat.
  9. Margaret
    My husband and I both loved this. Frying 80/20 beef in even half the amount of butter still produced too much grease, so will either leave out the butter next time or will buy leaner beef. The Tex-Mex spice blend is what really made the dish delicious. I added smoked paprika and the smell while it was cooking was out of this world. I will definitely be making this again! I'm looking forward to using it for my taco salad!
  10. Karen
    Thanks for the old recipe for Tex Mex Hans,
    I’ve never tried the original one but I found this one a bit salty
  11. Lisa
    I would suggest adding "drain meat mixture" after cooking the hamburger. I consider that step a given but some folks need the instruction. There is a thing as too much "fat" especially since the fat off hamburger is "bad" fat. Also, budgeting restrictions do not always allow for the pricey extra lean ground meat. All of the recipes I have tried here have been delicious but none of the ones I have seen say anything about draining.
  12. Venencia
    Delicious . I used sliced fresh tomatoes and fresh green chillies instead of pickled jalapeños. I also steered in tomato paste and red pesto. Very hot, delicious and filling.
  13. Julie
    Delicious! I made it with turkey mince so no excess oil. Also used smoked paprika in spice mix. So rich and filling - love it.
  14. Yvonne Figueroa
    you have a typo on your item #3 "Add Tex-Mex seasoning and crushed tomatoes. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes. Taste to see "if if" needs additional salt and pepper. Should be if it, not if if. Thought I would let you know so you can fix.
    Reply: #165
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    you have a typo on your item #3 "Add Tex-Mex seasoning and crushed tomatoes. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes. Taste to see "if if" needs additional salt and pepper. Should be if it, not if if. Thought I would let you know so you can fix.

    Thank you! We will get that corrected.

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