Cooked taco casserole in a baking dish.

Easy Keto Taco Casserole

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Enjoy taco flavors without the carbs! Introducing Keto Taco Casserole, a perfect low carb alternative to satisfy your taco cravings.

Cooked taco casserole in a baking dish.

When it comes to satisfying that craving for Mexican flavors while sticking to a keto diet, nothing hits the spot quite like a Keto Taco Casserole. This dish is a delicous blend of zesty, taco-inspired flavors. The ingredients are all keto-friendly ingredients, making it a perfect choice for a hearty family meal, a weeknight dinner, or a festive gathering.

The beauty of this casserole lies in its simplicity and the richness of flavors. Starting with ground turkey this casserole takes a classic taco and turns it into a comforting, oven-baked dish. The use of cauliflower rice adds a familiar texture that absorbs all the flavors of the spices. Each bite of this casserole offers the traditional tastes of chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic – a great combination for any taco lover.

Keto Taco Casserole Pinterest pin.

My favorite thing about this low carb taco casserole is the use of Rotel, a canned mix of diced tomatoes and green chilies. This addition infuses the dish with a subtle heat and a tangy edge, complementing the already savory profile of the turkey and spices.

And who can forget the cheese? The shredded cheddar cheese brings a gooey, indulgent element to the dish that is hard to resist.

Tools Needed

Below are the kitchen essentials needed to make this keto taco casserole.

How to Make Keto Taco Casserole

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brown the ground turkey in a skillet over medium high heat until completely cooked through. Drain excess fat if needed.

Ground meat in a skillet.

Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the cauliflower rice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

Ground meat and cheese in a skillet.

Add in the Rotel and ½ cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir to combine well.

Taco casserole in a skillet.

Spread the mixture in a well greased 9×9 baking dish and add remaining cheddar cheese.

Taco casserole in a baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Cooked taco casserole in a baking dish.

Can I Eat Tacos on a Keto Diet

While traditional tacos, with their corn or flour tortillas have a high carb content, you don’t have to give up on taco flavors. This Keto Taco Casserole is a perfect alternative, offering all the deliciousness of tacos without the carbs.

It replaces tortillas with keto-friendly ingredients like cauliflower rice. This creative approach allows you to enjoy a taco-inspired dish, satisfying your cravings in a healthy, low-carb way.

Taco casserole on a white plate.

Keto Taco Casserole Substitutions

One of the great aspects of this Keto Taco Casserole is its versatility. There are several substitutions you can make without compromising on taste or texture:

  1. Ground Turkey: You can easily substitute ground turkey with ground beef or ground chicken.
  2. Cauliflower Rice: If cauliflower isn’t your thing, try substituting it with broccoli rice.
  3. Cheese: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese like Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or a Mexican cheese.
  4. Rotel: If Rotel isn’t available, a combination of diced tomatoes and green chilies works just as well. For a milder version, you can opt for just diced tomatoes.
  5. Spices: The spices are adaptable to taste. If you prefer more heat, add some red pepper flakes or a bit of cayenne pepper. For a smokier flavor, a pinch of smoked paprika can work wonders.
Taco casserole on a white plate.

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Keto Taco Casserole

Cooked taco casserole in a baking dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower rice cooked and drained
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can Rotel undrained
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground turkey in a skillet over medium high heat until completely cooked through. Drain excess fat if needed.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the cauliflower rice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add in the Rotel and ½ cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir to combine well.
  5. Spread the mixture in a well greased 9x9 baking dish and add remaining cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.

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