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Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole (Video)

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole has ground beef, onion, Ro-Tel tomatoes, cauliflower rice, taco seasoning, and of course lots of cheese for a taco casserole recipe that’s a hit with almost everyone who tries it. 

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Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole finished casserole in baking dish with one serving on plate

Some of the most popular recipes on this site are low-carb casseroles, so for today’s Friday Favorites featured recipe I’m reminding you about this very tasty and popular Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole! There’s something about a cheesy casserole that just screams comfort food, even when it’s made with healthy ingredients like the ones I used in my take on low-carb taco casserole.

What I love most about casseroles is the way you can cook once and then have leftovers for another meal or two to be reheated later or even frozen, and that makes casseroles like this perfect for Weekend Food Prep. Of course if you have a house full of teenage boys that might not work out as well; even the kids will eat this one and readers have reported that their kids didn’t even notice there was cauliflower rice in the Taco Casserole!

This recipe was inspired by the ingredients I used in my Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls, with a bit of a comfort food detour with the cheese. (We used a lot of cheese to make this really worthy of the name “Cheesy” but if you want a recipe that’s Paleo and dairy-free, check out those taco bowls.)

For this cheesy taco casserole, we used 2 cans of Ro-Tel Tomatoes with Green Chiles(affiliate link), a southwestern ingredient I love in dishes like this. I highly recommend you use the mild variety of Ro-Tel unless you like it really spicy, and if you live somewhere where Rotel is hard to find, you can substitute a can of petite diced tomatoes and a can of diced green chiles, see suggestions in the recipe. But please make sure you use some diced green chiles; that and Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning is what gives this casserole the taco flavors that are so good.

And be sure to drain the Ro-Tel tomatoes well and cook the cauliflower rice enough to evaporate some of the water content so the finished casserole isn’t too wet. We ate the taco casserole with some salsa and a dollop of sour cream when we tested the recipe, and we loved it! And if you’re a fan of taco flavors, check out Ten Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites You’ll Make Over and Over.

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole process collage

How to Make Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Dump the Ro-Tel tomatoes into a colander and let them drain while you prep the other ingredients.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion until it’s cooked through and just starting to get some color.
  3. Then add the cauliflower rice and cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until the moisture in the cauliflower has mostly evaporated and there’s no water in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Turn off heat, stir in the sliced green onion, and transfer the cooked cauliflower rice to a bowl.
  5. In the same pan, heat the second tablespoon olive oil and cook the ground beef until it’s cooked through and starting to brown, breaking apart as it cooks.
  6. Add the taco seasoning and cook a minute or two.
  7. Then add the drained Ro-Tel Tomatoes with Green Chiles (affiliate link) and cook another minute or two.
  8. Stir in the cauliflower rice with about 1 teaspoon salt, and heat through.
  9. Turn off heat and stir 2 cups grated Mexican Cheese Blend (or less if you don’t want quite so much cheese.)
  10. Put the mixture into a casserole dish that you’ve sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray and top with another cup of grated cheese.
  11. Bake 30 minutes, or until it’s bubbling hot and the cheese is lightly browned.

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, with things like salsa, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, or chopped avocado to add at the table as desired.

More Dinners with Taco Flavors:

Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Low-Carb Cheesy Chicken Tacos ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Carribean Jerk Shrimp Tacos ~ Inside Bru Crew Life
Kalyn’s Perfect Taco Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili ~ Shugary Sweets
Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Taco-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers ~ Taste and Tell

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole

Yield Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole has ground beef, onion, Ro-Tel tomatoes, cauliflower rice, taco seasoning, and of course lots of cheese!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Ro-Tel Tomatoes with green chiles, mild ((10 oz. size can, see notes)
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped small
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. package cauliflower rice (If you can't find pre-chopped riced cauliflower in your store, chop a small head of cauliflower in the food processor.)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 T Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix (See note)
  • 1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 3 cups cup grated Mexican Blend Cheese (Use less cheese if you prefer; we wanted it cheesy!)

Instructions

  1. Dump the Ro-Tel Tomatoes with Green Chiles (affiliate link) into a colander placed in the sink and let them drain while you prep other ingredients.
  2. Heat oven to 375F/190C and spray a large casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (I used an oval-shaped dish that was 11" long and 8" wide at the widest point.)
  3. Chop the onion, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan, and cook onion until it's cooked through and starting to get some color.
  4. Add the cauliflower rice and cook over medium-high heat until the moisture in the cauliflower has mostly evaporated and there's no water in the bottom of the pan, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in the sliced green onions. Transfer the cooked cauliflower rice to a bowl.
  6. Heat the second tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, add the ground beef, and cook until it's browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks.
  7. Add the Taco Seasoning and cook 1-2 minutes more, then add the drained Ro-Tel Tomatoes and cook another minute or two.
  8. Stir in the cauliflower rice, season with salt to taste, and cook until it's heated through.
  9. Turn off heat and stir in 2 cups grated Mexican blend cheese.
  10. Transfer mixture to the casserole dish and top with another cup of grated Mexican Blend.
  11. Bake about 30 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling hot and cheese is nicely browned on top.
  12. Serve hot, with things like salsa, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, or chopped avocado to add at the table as desired.

Notes

I always use Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix for this kind of recipe, but any kind of taco seasoning mix will work. If you can't find Ro-Tel tomatoes where you live, use a 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes and a 4 oz. can diced green chiles.

This recipe was created by Kalyn with recipe testing help from Jake and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 581mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!


Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This is a good main dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including and any phase of the South Beach Diet. Two cans of Ro-Tel tomatoes has about 26 carbs; for Keto you may wish to reduce that to one can.

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    99 Comments on “Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole (Video)”

  1. I made this for dinner tonight using 93% lean ground beef and 1 7-oz package of 2% Mexican cheese. I used my own taco seasoning and mild Rot. We served with low-fat sour cream and sliced black olives on top. It was delicious! Will definitely make again. I think it would be great with ground turkey as well. 

  2. Our daughter in law first fixed this recipe and it has become a favorite not only with them but also our very fussy youngest son.

    I am so glad that she found your website and I’m also checking it out since my husband & I both are in our 70 and 80’s and want recipes that are more tasty and very healthy.

  3. To say this recipe is amazing is an understatement! So amazingly good. I put Cholula on it.

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love Mexican dishes!!!! Being diabetic, I am always looking for low carb recipes.

  5. In this recipe do you use the cauliflower rice frozen or do you defrost it first?

    • I like to take the cauliflower rice out a half hour or so in advance and let it thaw on the counter, so it’s not completely frozen when it goes into the skillet. But that’s not 100% essential; it will just take slightly longer to cook if you start with it frozen.

  6. Great recipe! The family loved it!
    For each serving I added it onto a bowl of lettuce for a Taco salad. It was amazing.