Make this keto beef tamale pie for your family’s dinner or make it for your low carb meal prep. Hearty and only 4g net carbs per serving.
What Is Tamale Pie
Are you a fan of southwestern cuisine? If so, you’ll really dig this tamale pie! A Tamale pie is a baked casserole that is usually topped with cornbread. The rest of the dish uses the same ingredients used to make tamales.
In order to make it low-carb, I made the topping with almond flour, butter, and a bunch of other tasty ingredients! I’ll explain more about them throughout this post.
Trust me, if you like Mexican food, then you are going to love this high-protein casserole.
Keto Beef Tamale Pie
The main ingredients in the bottom half of the pie are seasoned ground beef, garlic, and onion. Use any type of onion. My favorite type to use in skillet recipes like this is white or yellow. I just think the red onions are way too powerful.
I spiced the ground beef with some taco seasoning. If you use a jar of taco seasoning, make sure it doesn’t have corn starch or flour in it. You want just the spices.
You can also just make your own taco seasoning. Use any combination of the following spices to make a homemade jar of taco seasoning:
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Dried Oregano
- Onion Powder
- Red Pepper Flakes
Beef Tamale Pie
This beef tamale pie can work for your weekly meal prep as long as you eat it quickly. The almond flour topping will begin to soak up the juices from the ground beef mixture, so it only stays the best quality for about 3 days.
It only takes about 45 minutes to make this recipe, so I suggest cooking and eating it fresh instead of trying to store leftovers.
Keto Tamale Pie
This keto tamale pie is a hearty meal that your family is going to love! The ground beef is topped with a hearty almond flour breading that tastes a lot like cornbread.
Low Carb Tamale Pie Recipe
You can either serve it plain, right out of the oven, or add a few toppings to the tamale pie. Honestly, I think the almond flour breading on top is already spiced really well with green chilis, so it doesn’t need a lot of garnishes or toppings.
If you want, you can add a few chopped tomatoes on top. Just remember that tomatoes have natural sugars and carbs in them. A lower-carb choice might be a dollop of sour cream. Chopped parsley or cilantro is also a fantastic choice.
Keto Beef Tamale Pie Recipe
Here’s the entire list of ingredients to make this keto beef tamale pie. Exact measurements and instructions are located in the printable recipe card, just a little bit further below.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Net Carbs: 4 net carbs per serving
For the beef mixture:
For the topping:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, butter, eggs, and salt until well combined.
3. Stir in the green chilis.
4. Cook the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium-high heat until the meat is browned and the onion has softened. Drain any excess grease.
5. Stir in the taco seasoning and minced garlic, and saute for 2 minutes more.
6. Spread the meat mixture in the bottom of a well-greased 9×9 baking dish.
7. Smooth the topping mixture over the meat.
8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
9. Serve with chopped parsley and an optional sprinkle of chopped tomatoes if desired.
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Keto Beef Tamale Pie
Make this keto beef tamale pie for your family's dinner or make it for your low-carb meal prep. Hearty and only 4g net carbs per serving.
Ground Beef Mixture
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 2 tsp Taco Seasoning
- 1/2 Onion chopped
- 2 tsp Minced Garlic
Almond Flour Topping
- 1 1/3 cup Almond Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 4 tbsp Butter melted
- 3 large Eggs
- 4 ounces Green Chilis diced
- pinch Salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, butter, eggs and salt until well combined.
Stir in the green chilis.
Cook the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium high heat until the meat is browned and the onion has softened. Drain any excess grease.
Stir in the taco seasoning and minced garlic, and saute for 2 minutes more.
Spread the meat mixture in the bottom of a well greased 9x9 baking dish.
Smooth the topping mixture over the meat.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
Serve with chopped parsley and an optional sprinkle of chopped tomatoes if desired.
Calories: 385 per serving
Net Carbs: 4 Net Carbs Per Serving
The nutritional information for this recipe is calculated as a courtesy and is an approximate only. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipes on this site.
Keto Mexican Recipes
If you enjoyed this keto beef tamale pie, here are some more Mexican-inspired recipes that are also low in carbs. They are some of my favorites!