This quick and easy Keto Fideo recipe is great for a weeknight when you have a bazillion things going on but still need to get a tasty dinner on the table for the family. Made with ground beef, simple Mexican spices, a simple and tasty keto friendly pasta alternative and a little cheese and you’ve got it…a delicious, one skillet, keto comfort food meal that your family will enjoy as much as you do!
After days and weeks on end and of hours in the kitchen cooking big meals for hungry guests, when they all leave, and we have a day or two in between, last thing I want to do is cook another big meal and clean up again, so a simple, hearty, one pot meal is on the often menu and this Keto Fideo is a favorite!
What is fideo?
Fideo soup is a popular dish in Tex-Mex dish and is quite simply small pieces of vermicelli pasta , fired and simmered in a broth. BUT, around South Texas where I grew up fideo was something thicker, more stew-like, with ground meat, pasta and sometimes beans, corm or potatoes…basically carb loaded! To keep it simple, think Mexican spaghetti. Honestly, the versions of this simple dish are endless. This tasty, comfort food dish has been a family favorite in our house for years and has now been ketofied!
The Cowboy is a HUGE fan of fideo and he loves this keto fideo recipe! I know it’s approved when he comes over to taste it and says “now I’d eat that!”.
20 minute, one pot, scrumptious keto fideo
This simple keto fideo recipe has just a few ingredients and the whole dish comes together in about 20 minutes and it starts with browning the ground meat. I’ve used ground beef and venison here, but ground turkey or pork will also work, but I do like the flavor of beef for venison the best. Next the onions get added to the ground meat and cooked until the beef starts to carmelize and the onions are translucent.
The perfect keto friendly pasta alternative
Tradtionally, vermicelli is used for the pasta in but I like to use one of my favorite keto friendly pasta substitutions in this keto fideo, Palmini. Palmini is a keto friendly pasta alternative made from hearts of palm which is flavor neutral, so when you cook them with the beef and spices, they really transform and pick up the flavor of the dish and the texture is almost identical to pasta!
The entire package of Palmini only adds 5 net carbs or 10 total next carbs to the entire keto fideo recipe and I love the heartiness they add to they dish. They are a must try and can be found on Amazon or at your local grocery store. My grocery store carries them in the gluten free section so if you can’t find them, ask someone in the store for help to locate them.
To learn more about Palmini, click here!
The Palmini is ready to use straight out of the can or pouch, just drain and rinse well!
Adding a bit of creaminess to the keto fideo
After the Palmini goes into the pan, the chili and garlic powders is added and cooked for another minute. Then a little chicken stock goes in the pan to get everything saucy. Now the pasta in the traditional version I make adds a creaminess to the dish so I like to add a little cheese at the end to finish it off and give it a creamier feel. Grate your own cheese! Viola keto fideo!
If you are dairy free you can leave the cheese out, I’ve had it both ways and both are so yummy!
After the cheese is stirred in, it’s time for dinner! This Keto Fideo could not be easier or more delish! In 20 minutes, you have a keto friendly dinner on the table the whole family will love! Spicy, creamy, hearty, this is one meal you need in your life and in your weeknight meal rotation!
Looking for more Tex-Mex keto meals, check these out!!
- Keto Taco Casserole
- Keto Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Mexican Street Style Grilled Cauliflower
- Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Quick & Easy Keto Fideo
- In a skillet over medium high heat, begin to brown the ground meat and season with 1 tsp. salt. When the meat is about half way cooked, add the onions and continue to cook until the meat is browned and carmelized and the onions are translucent. Add the drained Palmini and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook for another minute. Add the stock to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the stock is reduced by half. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheeses. Serve immediatly.