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 shredded cheese, for example Monterey Jack
For serving
  • ¾ cup 175 ml sour cream or crème fraîche
  • 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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204 comments

  1. blancaladyg
    HI! a few modifications due to some lack of products in my area but the end product was great. I put a serving on top of cauliflower mash and it reminded me of shepherd's pie!! Thank you for sharing. This "stay at home" time has given me the opportunity to study, research and learn more about cooking keto. :)
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  3. Tori
    This was delicious! A new staple in our house for sure!
  4. Caroline
    Love it and my daughter always requests it.
  5. Szid
    Made this last night, it was delicious, I made 2 portions for my husband and me, I just thought it was too salty for me. I will have to reduce the seasoning next time or won't add salt to the text-mex mixture.
  6. C
    What is the break down as far as a single portion
    Reply: #207
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What is the break down as far as a single portion

    All of our recipes show the nutrition information per serving. You can access the full nutrition breakdown by clicking the Nutrition+ tab under the list of ingredients.

  8. Jen
    This is really good, I've made it many times. I wondered, however, can this meal be cooked in a cast iron pan on the stove, then into the oven for the cheese to melt?
    Reply: #209
  9. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    This is really good, I've made it many times. I wondered, however, can this meal be cooked in a cast iron pan on the stove, then into the oven for the cheese to melt?

    Yes, you could do this in a cast iron pan.

  10. Tanyeus
    I totally understand that it makes 4 servings as the recipe is written. However, what are the serving sizes? is 1 serving a cup, 150 grams, 300 grams etc.. of the finish cooked product?
    Reply: #211
  11. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I totally understand that it makes 4 servings as the recipe is written. However, what are the serving sizes? is 1 serving a cup, 150 grams, 300 grams etc.. of the finish cooked product?

    That is going to depend. If you use a leaner or fattier ground beef or how much the dish reduces in volume while it cooks. There are too many variables across different kitchens to give a serving size, especially for casseroles and soups.

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