Keto Taco Casserole

This Keto Taco Casserole Recipe is brought to you by Fiesta Brand Seasonings.

If you’re looking for something new and delicious for taco night, this easy and cheesy Keto Taco Casserole is it!  Layers of spicy ground meat and cauliflower rice filling stuffed with a delicious cheesy pepper jack mixture, topped with cheese and baked to bubbly perfection!  Topped with lettuce, tomato and some diced avocado, you have a keto meal that will have your family begging for more!

taco casserole in a dish topped with lettuce and tomato

Taco night is big around here…I mean it’s Texas!  On taco night, Maddie and I almost always make a big taco salad while the Cowboy and Paige eat tacos.  Since the weather has cooled down, I’m really not big into salads at the moment so I needed to come up with something to satisfy our taco cravings on the most anticipated dinner night of the week!  Well, especially in the winter months, I love quick and easy comfort food casseroles so this fun Cheesy Keto Taco Casserole was the answer!

Delicious Tex-Mex keto dinner on the table in 30 minutes!


This taco inspired casserole is so simple to make and can be in the oven in less than 20 minutes!  First the ground meat gets browned up with onions and seasoned with some amazing Fiesta Brand Seasonings spices like chili powder, cumin and garlic powder.  Feel free to use whatever ground meat you have on hand, beef, venison, turkey or pork will work great!

spices for the keto taco casserole

Then to make the meat filling a little saucy, add your favorite salsa!  This adds so much more flavor than plain ole’ tomato sauce and also provides a bit of heat, which I love.  You can use mild, medium or hot…whatever you like to spice up your Keto Taco Casserole.  I would just steer clear of any salsa with added sugar.

Now for the cheesy filling for this yummy taco casserole…

close up of meat filling for the casserole

Now to make the cheesy filling, you’re going combine pepper jack cheese, cottage cheese, some seasonings and an egg to hold everything together.  This cheesy layer my favorite part of this casserole!!  Be sure to use a cottage cheese with at least 4% milkfat or higher to keep the carbs in this keto dinner super low. 

Now everything gets simple layered into a casserole and topped with cheese and baked for 25-30 minutes…so easy and so YUMMY!

How to serve up this taco casserole

Casserole on a plate topped with lettuce and tomato

We like to serve this Keto Taco Casserole up topped with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and avocado and it’s a sure fire hit!  In fact, I’ve made it twice in the past two weeks and it gets rave reviews each time!  

If you are looking forward to leftovers like I do, top each serving with lettuce and tomato instead of the whole casserole.  This will save you from having hot wilted lettuce on your lunch!

Taco casserole on a plate with lettuce and tomato

This easy, cheesy Keto Taco Casserole is everything I love about taco night wrapped up in a comforting, delicious casserole the whole family can get excited about! 

Looking for more Tex-Mex inspired keto comfort food recipes? Check these out!

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Easy & Cheesy Keto Taco Casserole

If you’re looking for something new and delicious for taco night, this easy and cheesy Keto Taco Casserole is it!  Layers of spicy ground meat and cauliflower rice filling stuffed with a delicious cheesy pepper jack mixture, topped with cheese and baked to bubbly perfection!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 476kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef or venison
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 10-12 oz. bag frozen cauliflower rice thawed and dried**

For the Filling

  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese 4% milkfat or higher
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup shredded Colby jack or cheddar

Garnish: Shredded Lettuce, Diced Tomatos and Avocado

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease or spray an 8 x 8 casserole dish and set aside.
    • In a Dutch oven or large skillet combine the ground meat, diced onion, 1 ½ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. garlic powder, chili powder and cumin and cook over medium high heat until browned. Stir in the salsa and cauliflower rice that has been preseed dry between paper towels and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded pepper jack, cottage cheese, ½ tsp. garlic, ¼ tsp. salt, parsley and the egg and stir until well incorporated.
    • To assemble, place half of the meat mixture into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish and spread evenly to the edges. Dollop the cheese mixture over the top of the meat leayer and spread the cheese mixture evenly over the meat. Spoon the remaining meat over the cheese layer and top with shredded Colby jack or cheddar. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit at least 10 minutes before serving. Garnish each piece with shredded lettuce, diced tomato and avocado as desired.

    Notes

    To dry the cauliflower, press it between two layers of paper towels to remove any excess moisture. 
    Nutrition facts are approximate and will vary depending on ingredients used. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 34g | Sodium: 1126mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 4mg


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