The Keto diet has become quite a popular option for weight loss in the past few years. The diet is based upon the process of burning fat through ketosis. While following a ketogenic diet, people tend to eat foods with higher amounts of fats and a minimum amount of carbohydrates. The reduced intake of carbohydrates puts the body into the state of ketosis – a metabolic state in which the amount of ketone increases in blood and urine. During ketosis, our body starts burning fat to provide the energy needed for the body to function correctly.
To follow a ketogenic diet means you need to cook keto foods, which can be a trouble for most people. However, if we tell you that you can easily make your keto meals in a slow cooker, wouldn’t it make cooking meals easier for you? The recipes are easy and need very simple ingredients, so let’s get started.
Recipe # 1: Keto Chili
Keto chili is cooked without adding beans, as the amount of carbs in beans is too high for any keto recipe. You will love a slow cooker filled with yummy keto chili along with cheddar cheese and sour cream. The best taste of this dish comes from chili itself; however, if you are one of those people who cannot eat too much spicy food, you can cut off jalapenos or cayenne from the recipe. You can also cook a larger batch and freeze some of it for next time. Let’s get started.
Recipe credits: Peace, Love, and Low Carb
- Prep time (est.): 8 hours
- Cooking time (est.): 30 minutes
- Servings: 15
- Grounded beef – 2 ½ pounds
- Red onion – 1 medium (chopped)
- Garlic cloves – 5 (minced)
- Celery ribs – 3 large (diced)
- Tomato paste – 6oz (fresh or canned)
- Tomatoes and green chilies – 14.5oz (canned)
- Stewed tomatoes – 14.5oz (canned)
- Chili powder – 4 tbsps.
- Worcestershire sauce – 2 tbsps.
- Mounded cumin – 2 tbsps.
- Sea salt/salt – 2 tbsps.
- Garlic powder – 1 tsp.
- Onion powder – 1 tsp.
- Oregano – 1 tsp.
- Cayenne – ½ tsp.
- Black pepper – 1 tsp.
- Bay leaf – 1
First, turn your slow cooker on and make sure you heat it at low settings. Now, while the cooker is heating, you can start preparing ingredients for the recipe. We will begin with a large skillet heated on medium flame. Add the minced beef in the skillet along with half the chopped onions, minced garlic (2 tbsps.), salt, and black pepper. Cook the meat until it turns brown; after that, remove the excess grease from the skillet.
Now, it’s time to use the slow cooker. Transfer the browned beef into the slow cooker, and add all the remaining ingredients, i.e., the remaining onions, celery ribs, stewed tomatoes (with liquid), tomato paste, tomatoes, and chilies (with juice). Chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt, cumin, cayenne, bay leaf, garlic and onion powder, garlic, black pepper, and oregano. Mix them all well. Now, let the keto chili cook for 6 to 8 hours at low heat.
After it’s thoroughly cooked, serve it hot with sour cream and cheddar cheese. This keto chili contains 5g of carbs and 15.7g of fat, making 229 calories per serving.
Recipe # 2: Beef Barbacoa
Barbacoa is a Mexican beef dish typically made with lamb or beef meat, seasoned with different spices and chilies that are slowly cooked tenderly for hours. Commonly, it is eaten with tortilla or tacos; however, when you cook barbacoa as a keto food, you will have to omit the high-carb options, i.e., tacos, burritos, or tortilla. Instead, you can go for low-carb options, such as riced cauliflower. You can add sautéed onions or jalapenos to the recipe for extra flavor.
Recipe credits: Perfect Keto
- Prep time (est.): 20 minutes
- Cooking time (est.): 8 hours
- Servings: 12
- Beef brisket – 4 lbs.
- Beef bone broth – 1 cup
- Chipotle peppers – 2 (in adobo sauce)
- Garlic cloves – 3 (finely chopped)
- Salt – 1 tsp.
- Black pepper – ½ tsp.
- Oregano – 1 tbsp.
- Cumin – ½ tbsp. (ground)
- Avocado oil/ olive oil – 2 tbsp.
You will need a large skillet for preparation. Pre-heat the skillet at high heat. Cut the beef brisket into chunks of three inches each. Add oil to the skillet, and then add meat chunks to it. Cook the meat in the skillet until it turns brown.
After it turns brown, transfer it to the slow cooker and the remaining ingredients, i.e., bone broth and all the other spices. Let it cook slowly for around 8 hours or until it’s completely done. After the meat is cooked and tender, shred it. You can serve the barbacoa with cauliflower rice or lettuce.
Per serving beef, barbacoa contains 0g carbs and 43g fat (494 calories).
Recipe # 3: Low Carb Pot Roast
Pot roast is usually cooked with baby carrots, but to make it a ketogenic dish, all you need to do is leave out the carrots, and the rest is fine. It is made with a big and tough beef cut because such meat is perfect for slow cooking. Beef is then cooked with herbs, butter, veggies, and spices until it is tender. You can use any beef cut, i.e., chuck roast, briskets, or round roast, for making this recipe.
Recipe credits: Stock Piling Moms
- Prep time (est.):5 minutes
- Cooking time (est.): 9 hours
- Servings: 4 to 6
- Any beef cut (chuck roast is preferred) – 3 to 5 pounds
- Celery stalks – 2 (chopped in pieces)
- White onion – 1 small (quartered)
- Worcestershire sauce – 3 tbsps.
- Minced garlic – ½ tsp.
- Black pepper – ¼ tsp.
- Salt – to taste
- Parsley – 1 tsp (dried)
- Butter – 4 tbsps.
For this recipe, you do not need any skillet; all the ingredients will go to the slow cooker directly. First, place the onions and celery at the bottom of your slow cooker. Now, it’s time to put the chuck roast on top of onions and celery.
For the seasoning, you will need a bowl. Add garlic, pepper, parsley, salt, and Worcestershire sauce in the bowl and mix well; pour this mixture all over the beef. Place the butter cubes on top of the beef and cover the cooker with a lid. Leave it to cook for around 9 hours or until cooked properly. Serve the pot roast on a platter with sour cream or cheese.
Pot roast contains 0g carbs and 10g fat per serving, making a total of 297 calories.
Recipe # 4: Keto Taco Soup
Keto taco soup is very easy to make, and the best thing is that you can cook a bigger batch to store for later use. It’s made from a combination of low-carb and high-fat ingredients, making it keto-friendly while keeping the yummy taste intact. You can leave it to cook slowly while you get other things done.
Recipe credits: Real Balanced
- Prep time (est.): 20 minutes
- Cooking time (est.): 4 hours
- Servings: 10
- Ground beef – 2 lbs.
- Cream cheese – 16oz (softened & cubed)
- Tomatoes and chilies – 10oz (canned)
- Chili powder – 1 ½ tbsp.
- Cumin – 1 tbsp.
- Paprika – ½ tsp.
- Pepper – ½ tsp.
- Salt – ½ tsp.
- Red pepper flakes – ¼ tsp.
- Beef broth – 3 cups
- Heavy whipping cream – 2 tbsps.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add beef in it and cook it until it turns brown. Drain all the excessive grease. Now, transfer the meat to a slow cooker, add canned tomatoes and chilies, cream cheese, spices, and mix it well. Now add the beef broth and heavy whipping cream and stir it again. Set your slow cooker to high heat cooking for four hours. After cooking, stir the dish again and serve in soup bowls. You can garnish it with sour cream or shredded cheddar cheese.
Keto taco soup consists of 5.3 grams of carbs and 19.7 grams of fat (313 calories).
The ketogenic diet is an excellent way of losing weight; however, making keto-friendly dishes can be a great hassle. These slow cooker keto dishes will make it very easy for you, as you can simply add all the ingredients and leave it for cooking while you are away.