Not everyone can afford to eat enormous tomahawk steaks or ribeyes for every meal (although some people do!). Beef isn’t getting any cheaper and there is pressure on governments to increase the price of meat so that it becomes an occasional luxury. We’re being encouraged to survive instead on plant-based substitutes, lab-grown meat and insect protein instead.
But we’re not there yet. Meat remains affordable for most people, especially budget-conscious yet highly nutritious products like ground beef. It’s both affordable and delicious if you spice up your keto ground beef recipes like this.
Speaking of affordable, we just published this collection of the 20 best corned beef hash recipes including spicy, fried rice, keto and even vegan options.
1. Best Keto Ground Beef Taco Recipe
Sure looks like a regular taco, but those shells are artfully made from cheddar cheese. Only 5 grams of carbohydrates and totally gluten free. One pound of ground beef will make around six servings of keto taco goodness.
From: Low Carb Maven
2. Chorizo Chilli
A filling Chorizo Chili made with lean ground beef, Portuguese chorizo, kidney beans (you could leave them out for a beanless, low-lectin chilli), fire roasted tomatoes and seasonings. Serve over cauliflower rice or just grate a heap of cheese on top, that’s what I do.
From: Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
3. Easy Keto Enchiladas
This recipe also uses cheese in place of grains to make the enchilada shells. The taco mix recipe above would be the perfect filling here. Finish them off in the over or your air fryer.
From: Hip 2 Keto
4. Keto Ground Beef Empanadas
These Ground Beef Empanadas remain one of my favorite keto recipes. So easy to make, delicious and super versatile because you can make all different kinds of flavor combinations. I like mine really spicy with a little finely-diced chorizo sausage in the mix.
From: Mince Republic
5. Southwest Skillet with Chipotle Sauce
A tasty blend of sweet potatoes, ground beef with bell and poblano peppers. Believe it or not this skillet is healthy too! Reason enough to buy a cast iron skillet. You could substitute the sweet potatoes with jicama to reduce the carb count even more.
From: The Simple Supper
6. Ground Beef Picadillo
What is picadillo? Picadillo is a fragrant Cuban chilli dish you can easily cook in a single pan. It combines ground beef, onions, olives, and warming spices like cinnamon and cumin.
The recipe contains vital tips and on how to prepare your ground beef and how to serve in a low-carb way.
From: Savory Tooth
7. Keto Mexican Lasagna
A spicier lasagna than usual which is why it makes it into this list. This Paleo Mexican Lasagna is a low-carb take on this traditional comfort food. Layered zucchini and ground beef in a Mexican-inspired spicy tomato sauce keep the carbs under control.
From: Mary’s Whole Life
8. Low-Carb Crustless Taco Pie
No crust means gluten-free, grain-free and low-carb. It also means you can enjoy a simple spicy dinner with ground beef in no time.
From: Simply So Healthy
9. Low-Carb Beef Enchilada Dip
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make a large batch and invite your guests to dip ready-sliced vegetables, low-carb nachos, or just plain old bread. A crowd pleaser for everyone regardless of if they’re keeping keto or not.
From: Step Away from the Carbs
10. Low-Carb Mexican Meatloaf
Meatloaf is usually made with a quantity of bread and some sugar, but not this one. Recipe includes and enchilada sauce topping.
From: Art from my Table
11. Ground Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry
Five minutes of prep, fifteen to cook and you’ll have yourself a protein-packed, low-carb dinner that smells amazing and tastes even better than it looks. Ginger, sriracha and soy sauce give this dish its power.
From: Savory Tooth
12. Beefed-up Shakshuka
Shakshuka is a traditional street food breakfast that’s popular across the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean. It’s unusual in that it combines eggs and tomatoes and is usually pretty spicy. Here it’s given some extra muscle here by a quantity of ground beef.
From: Caroline’s Cooking
13. Instant Pot Beef Kheema
Kheema is Turkic word for minced meat that reappears in many languages like Hindu, Urdu & Punjabi. In India, this dish is often made with ground lamb or goat, definitely not beef. The dish traditionally includes peas but you can cut the carbs down by leaving them out of this recipe.
From: Two Sleevers
14. Korean Ground Beef over Cauliflower Rice
Deeply sweet and savory, this umami-packed ground beef recipe is rather special. Leave out the honey and go for low-carb rice alternatives like cauliflower to keep it keto. Also works beautifully in lettuce leaf wraps.
From: The Health Nut Mama
15. Mint & Chili Kebabs
Mint is a powerful ingredient. A 2014 study found that mint appears to improve exercise performance (grip strenght, jump height, etc) very quickly indeed. Pretty much instantly.
Here’s it makes an appearance alongside chilli in these delicious, juicy, low-carb seekh style kebabs.
From: Two Sleevers
16. Low-Carb Spicy Ground Beef Taco Mix
One for a slow cook in the crock pot here. This recipe delivers a lot of flavour and the finest, tenderest texture. Set it cooking and come back to it in a good few hours. You’ll love the results.
From: Kalyn’s Kitchen
17. Pakistani Kima Ground Beef Curry
See? Kheema, Kima, Qima – it’s all a variation on minced meat curry and this one has its origins in Pakistan. Whole New Mom’s kids love it so it could be a good introduction to curry for your little ones too.
From: Whole New Mom
18. Southwest Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Wondering what to do with those leftover peppers? Slice ’em in half and fill them up with this spicy ground beef filling then grate a whole load of cheese on top.
This recipe uses rice, but not much so you can either go with it or substitute with something else, like the old riced cauliflower standby.
From: Le Creme de la Creme
19. Middle Eastern Spicy Ground Beef
You’ll need to familiarise yourself with Baharat seasoning for this interesting dish. There’s a range of aromatic spices in here and a garnish of mint and cilantro freshens it up wonderfully. Top with Greek yoghurt for a cooling high summer delight of a meal.
From: Kalyn’s Kitchen
20. Dirty Cauliflower Rice recipe with Ground Meat
What makes this cauliflower rice with ground meat so darned dirty? It’s what happens when you deglaze the pan of all its concentrated, caramelised flavors before serving. The recipe is based on ground venison, but beef will be just fine, maybe even dirtier!
From: Joy Filled Eats
Need more spicy inspiration? Then you’ll love these Keto Chorizo recipes