Here’s the Keto Taco Casserole, the healthy taco hot dish you’ve been looking for! Lightly steamed, tender cabbage is combined with super keto taco meat (or your own favorite taco meat), low carb salsa, cheese, and green onions and baked until the flavors mesh perfectly, and then topped with sour cream and more green onions—the perfect Keto Taco Casserole!
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Cabbage is an underrated vegetable. Did you know it’s in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts? Yep. And when you learn a few tricks, you can make a low carb cabbage dish that will be so incredibly satisfying.
Ingredients for Keto Taco Casserole and Why Cabbage is Good For The Keto Diet
What ingredients do you use to make Keto Taco Casserole?
This casserole recipe combines shredded cabbage, super taco meat, low carb salsa, cheese, green onions, olive oil. Toppings are optional, but recommended: sour cream, guacamole or diced avocados, and chopped green onions.
And the main ingredient in this healthy taco casserole?
The main star ingredient in this taco hot dish is shredded cabbage. I was NOT a huge cabbage lover before, but after this keto taco casserole, I’ve been thoroughly convinced. Who would have thought that there would be ketogenic cabbage recipes out there worth trying! Great keto replacement for rice in any Mexican dish!
Do you cook the cabbage before adding it to the keto taco casserole?
I’ll let you in on a little secret…when I’ve been in a hurry, I haven’t precooked the cabbage. It turns out delicious that way, too! But yes, I do steam the cabbage first.
When cabbage is steamed, it loses some of its strong, sulfury flavor. My kids definitely like it better steamed first. Before adding the shredded cabbage to this keto taco casserole, I steam it till it’s tender, but not completely cooked. You definitely don’t want soft or mushy cabbage in your taco hot dish.
What size cabbage should I use for this keto casserole?
I purposely measured my shredded cabbage in cups because cabbages vary so much in size. There’s a lot of wiggle room here, so feel free to add or subtract a cup of cabbage if you choose.
How do I steam the cabbage for this keto taco casserole recipe?
When your cabbage is shredded, you’ll need to steam it before adding it to the keto taco casserole. There are two ways to do this: the “correct” way and the lazy way.
The correct way is to put a little water in a pot, boil it, add a steamer basket to the pot, fill it with your cabbage, cover, and steam for 5-6 minutes.
The lazy way (my preferred method) is to just fill a pot with about 1 inch of water, boil it, add the cabbage, cover, and steam for 5-6 minutes, stirring once or twice. I say that I prefer this method because 1) sometimes I choose a huge cabbage that doesn’t fit in my steamer, and 2) it’s easier to just use a slotted spoon to get most of the cabbage out and then use a strainer to dump the water into and catch the rest of the cabbage. It seems a bit messier with a steamer because of how small the cabbage is shredded.
Be sure to shred your cabbage very finely. You can definitely do this by hand, but it will be more tedious and you’ll want to avoid the tendency to just leave bigger pieces. Smaller pieces of cabbage will absorb more taco seasoning and have less of the strong cabbage flavor.
Steam the cabbage
Using a steam basket (or my lazy steaming method), steam the cabbage.
Toss cabbage with seasonings and olive oil
Add steamed cabbage, olive oil, taco seasoning, and salt to large bowl (you may also do this right in the pan if your cabbage isn’t too bulky) and toss.
Put your keto taco casserole together and bake!
Add keto taco meat (this recipe is the best!), low carb salsa, cheese, and green onions and toss thoroughly. Add more cheese on top if you like. Bake until melty, gooey, and hot!
Add toppings and serve it up!
You can serve this low carb taco casserole up with any keto taco toppings you like. Our favorites for this keto taco casserole are guacamole, sour cream, and chopped green onions.
Keto Taco Casserole
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Cabbage shines in this Keto Taco Casserole! It's a taco hot dish to make your low carb (or not) friends and family sing your praises, while also being a super comfort food and very easy with only 6 main ingredients. 3 net carbs per serving!!