Keto Mexican Ground Beef Skillet

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  • prep time

    prep time

    30 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    20 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    50 min

Keto Mexican Ground Beef Skillet

25 ratings

Everyone loves a quick, easy, weeknight Mexican meal! Ground beef makes this meal simple. Simply saute the meat in the pan with Mexican spices and then top the dish with freshly-sliced lettuce, sliced tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, and fresh guacamole. This dish is a blank canvas for a wide variety of different toppings like sour cream, hot sauces, and salsas.

What kind of ground beef should I use?

Stick to grass-fed beef if possible in the 80% lean to 20% fat ratio. The fats in the meat will help keep you satiated.

What other toppings can I add?

Spicy habanero shredded cheese would be great, as well as black olives, low-carb salsa, and various hot sauces.

How is this dish to be served?

The dish is intended to serve family-style. All the toppings should be added to the final dish and served directly from the pan. This makes for easy cleanup and serving!

  • Net Carbs

    5.9 g

  • Fiber

    7.3 g

  • Total Carbs

    13.3 g

  • Protein

    33.6 g

  • Fats

    39.6 g

535 cals

Keto Mexican Ground Beef Skillet

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  • Garlic


    2 clove

  • Red Onion

    Red Onion

    ½ small

  • Avocado Oil

    Avocado Oil

    1-½ tablespoon

  • Hamburger Or Ground Beef, 80% Lean

    Hamburger Or Ground Beef, 80% Lean

    1 pound

  • Coarse Kosher Salt by Morton

    Coarse Kosher Salt by Morton

    ¼ tsp

  • Dark Chili Powder by Mccormick

    Dark Chili Powder by Mccormick

    1-½ tsp

  • Granulated Garlic by Tone's

    ⅛ tsp

  • Cumin, Ground

    Cumin, Ground

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Lettuce


    2 cup

  • Cherry Tomato

    Cherry Tomato

    12 cherry

  • Queso Chihuahua (Chihuahua Cheese)

    Queso Chihuahua (Chihuahua Cheese)

    ⅓ cup, shredded

  • Serrano Peppers, Raw

    Serrano Peppers, Raw

    ¼ each

  • Cilantro


    2 tablespoon

  • Avocado


    12 ounce

  • Lime Juice, Fresh

    Lime Juice, Fresh

    1 tablespoon

  • Coarse Kosher Salt by Morton

    Coarse Kosher Salt by Morton

    ¼ tsp

  • Red Onion

    Red Onion

    ½ small

  • Cilantro


    2 tablespoon

Recipe Steps

steps 6

50 min

  • Step 1

    Heat a large nonstick saute pan, over medium-high heat until hot. Add the avocado oil and tilt pan to distribute evenly. Add the garlic and ½ small red onion diced and a pinch of salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until it is starting to brown.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Add the ground beef, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat to help cook the crumbles all the way through. Add ¼ tsp kosher salt to the meat and stir well. Turn the heat down to medium if necessary.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Add all the spices like the dark chili powder, cumin, and granulated garlic. Stir well to incorporate. Finish cooking the meat the rest of the way.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    In the meantime, prepare the guacamole. Add ripe avocados to a bowl with 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, ¼ tsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp red onion, and 1 tbsp chopped cilantro.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Gently mash leaving some larger pieces.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    In the meantime, prepare the lettuce by slicing it into thin strips and slicing the tomatoes in half. Garnish the final dish with the lettuce first, then tomatoes, the shredded cheese, and ¼ of a serrano sliced (add less or none if you don’t like heat). If you do like heat, you can add some of the serranos to the guacamole as well in the form of small dice. Serve hot with condiments like sour cream and hot sauces!
    Step 6

Comments 28

  • varissul

    varissul 2 months ago

    I used lean grass-fed ground beef. It did not require draining. Prepared this according to the recipe. I love it. However, I did leave out raw chilies, as I cannot stomach them. Also, instead of putting the dish together in the frying pan, I plated it backward - lettuce, tomatoes, cheese I used Cotija instead), and meat, and served it with the guacamole. It was much easier than trying to get it all out of the pan.

    • Kyladc

      Kyladc 5 months ago

      For the people saying it was greasy, did you use regular ground beef or the lean ground beef? I always use lean so I wanted to see if that was the reason people were saying it was greasy. If not, then I might just end up draining it. I am making tonight!

      • SpectacularKale446761

        SpectacularKale446761 7 months ago

        Delicious 😋

        • FortuitousMacadamia287614

          FortuitousMacadamia287614 2 years ago

          Aloha;) Try bison meat or any game meat instead of beef:) still red meat but way less oil:)

          • Nova_marie

            Nova_marie 2 years ago

            So good! Great for taco Tuesday! My only complaint is that its VERY greasy/oily..

            • lilid910

              lilid910 9 months ago

              I use the wagyu ground beef from Costco and it's pretty lean and delicious

          • Maria19*

            Maria19* 2 years ago

            Easy and quick

            • zerondasmith

              zerondasmith 2 years ago

              This is so tasty! It so full o flavor.

              • GRehfeld

                GRehfeld 2 years ago

                This is quite similar to the way I've been making my taco filling, minus the cilantro as I have some people who don't like cilantro.

                • secas221ded7

                  secas221ded7 2 years ago

                  Super easy and very tasty. Great way for me to enjoy “taco Tuesday” with my family!

                  • SparkleFemme

                    SparkleFemme 3 years ago

                    It was yummy and filling. My only complaint is the excessive grease. It doesn't say to drain, but I drained the meat before adding the reast of the ingredients. I also added the cheese on top and placed the skillet in the oven for 7 mins at 355° to melt the cheese a little. Oh, and I use Mexican blend cheese. It was delicious 😋!

                    • Shewoff642

                      Shewoff642 7 months ago

                      Ground venison would work well with this.

                    • lowcarbdieterb636

                      lowcarbdieterb636 2 years ago

                      Grass feed ground beef from local producers has no fat I have to add olive oil

                    • AwesomeKetone958203

                      AwesomeKetone958203 3 years ago

                      Can you use ground turkey instead?

                    • Hannahwall1

                      Hannahwall1 3 years ago

                      You need the fat though!

                  • Kookie2003

                    Kookie2003 3 years ago

                    It was delicious and easy to make

                    • Suefar

                      Suefar 3 years ago

                      We liked it and it was very easy and quick.

                      • MirthfulMacadamia487367

                        MirthfulMacadamia487367 3 years ago

                        How much of the beef mix is a serving (without the lettuce etc)?

                        • Livingthislife

                          Livingthislife 3 years ago


                      • Mandy

                        Mandy 3 years ago

                        This was soooo good ...I did it with cheddar..

                        • Laura

                          Laura 4 years ago

                          Cannot find chihuahua cheese anywhere. Can I replace it with cheddar?

                          • RemarkableCauliflower873574

                            RemarkableCauliflower873574 3 years ago

                            Sams club sells this type of cheese

                          • Hellsbells82

                            Hellsbells82 3 years ago

                            American version of our mild cheddar

                          • Laura

                            Laura 4 years ago

                            Neither can I!

                        • Mavi

                          Mavi 4 years ago

                          Very delicious! I will be cooking again

                          • Jenjenrepp

                            Jenjenrepp 4 years ago

                            Wow! This was very yummy. It will definitely be cooked again!

                            • Ladymedic60

                              Ladymedic60 4 years ago

                              Super yummy!!!!

                              • Birdhousehaven

                                Birdhousehaven 4 years ago

                                It looks like something my husband, reg diet, and I could enjoy.