Update! I first published this recipe back in 2017 and since then I’ve made it quite a few times! It’s hearty, tasty and so good! Even if you aren’t eating low carb, this recipe makes for an awesome dinner. You could stuff tortillas with the taco back or top tortilla chips with it. Sooo good!
I’ve been loosely following the Keto diet since last winter. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s really interesting. It focuses on consuming high fat, moderate protein and low carb each day. Many people who follow the Keto diet track their macros keeping track of the exact amount of protein, fat, calories and carbs they consume each day. They usually have great success. I’ve found that I don’t have the time to track the numbers so I’ve just focused on what I’m eating.
One of the Keto groups I’m in posted this awesome Keto Taco Bake recipe. I made it last night and my entire family loved it – even my picky son who eats dinner about 50% of the time. I doctored my meal up with tons of arugula, a dollop of sour cream (remember – with Keto fat is good) and a little salsa. I didn’t add much salsa because of the carb and sugar content in it.
This recipe is really easy to make. And it satisfied my desire to have a meal with a crust. This is the first meal I made with a crust. There are many recipes for Keto Bread, Keto Pancakes, Keto desserts, etc etc. I haven’t made any of them until this meal. The bottom, crust-like layer is simply Cream Cheese, Eggs, Heavy Cream, Seasoning and Cheddar cheese! You bake this layer for 25 minutes and then top it with the meat mixture.
The top, meat layer is just as simple to make as the bottom layer. This layer has ground beef, salsa (or taco seasoning) – I opted for salsa although you do have to pay attention to the carb & sugar content in your salsa, green chilis and cheddar cheese. You bake this layer for 20 minutes and the finished product will look like my picture above.
Keto Taco Bake Recipe
Crust Layer Ingredients
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Taco Seasoning
8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Beef Topping Layer Ingredients
1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 cup Salsa (or if you want to avoid using salsa add 3 teaspoons Taco Seasoning & 1/4 cup Tomato Sauce)
4 oz Chopped Green Chilies
8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1) Grease the 9×13 baking dish and preheat the oven to 375.
2) For the crust layer, beat the softened cream cheese, eggs, heavy cream and taco seasoning. Once mixed, mix in the cheddar cheese.
3) Pour the crust layer into the dish and spread evenly throughout.
4) Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Once baked, let stand for approximately 5 minutes.
5) Brown the hamburger & drain fat. Stir in salsa (or seasoning & tomato sauce) and green chilies.
6) Spread the beef topping layer over the baked crust. Top evenly with shredded cheese.
7) Bake in oven with reduced heat of 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Serve with fresh lettuce, sour cream, olives, etc etc etc.
If you make this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Recipe adapted from Food.com