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Creamy Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice Casserole

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Jul 29, 2021
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Creamy Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice Casserole
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 is a rich and nourishing bowl of comfort with a healthy twist!

Creamy Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice Casserole – A rich and nourishing bowl of comfort with a healthy twist! This beef and cauliflower rice casserole is loaded with ground beef and veggies such as cauliflower, tomato, and garlic. Ground beef recipes are relatively budget-friendly and everyone likes them. Ready in less than 30 minutes, everyone will ask for more of this nutritious low-carb, keto, paleo main dish for dinner. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Creamy Beef Cauliflower Rice Skillet

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1. To make the beef cauliflower rice casserole: In a cast-iron skillet, melt butter, add ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Stir the minced onion into the meat and saute for one minute, until fragrant.

2. Steam the riced cauliflower in the microwave for 5 minutes, with 1/2 cup water, covered, in a microwave-safe bowl.

3. Add cream cheese and stir until melted then add beef broth, heavy whipping cream, garlic powder, tomato paste, and salt/pepper. Add cauliflower rice to the skillet and stir well to combine then cook on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until extra liquid is absorbed. If the mixture gets too thick to your taste, add a little more beef broth.

4. Simmer on low, covered for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

5. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of beef and cauliflower, cover, and simmer until cheese is melted. At this time, you can serve the ground beef casserole right away, or crisp it under the broiler for more crunch. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and chili pepper flakes and serve your ground beef and cauliflower rice casserole immediately. Enjoy!

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Tips for the ground beef and cauliflower rice casserole recipe

We love how this ground beef and cauliflower rice casserole combines mild, kid-friendly flavors with gooey cheese. Feel free to spice it up with more red chili pepper flakes, or Cayenne. Here are a few more tips to make this beef recipe even better:

  • For crisper cheese on top, broil the beef casserole uncovered in the oven for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • You can buy ready-made riced cauliflower or cauliflower pearls at the fresh produce section of your favorite grocery store. You can also make your own cauliflower rice by throwing rinsed cauliflower florets in your food processor a give a few pulses until you get a coarse texture. Do not process too much as you’ll end up with a soggy puree.
  • You might want to drain cooked cauliflower rice in a colander before throwing it into the skillet. It will render a lot of water resulting in a longer cooking time to let it evaporate.
  • You can use ground beef or ground turkey in this casserole recipe. We like to use ground turkey sometimes to keep the dish a little on the lighter side. 

What to serve with the ground beef casserole?

This low-carb ground beef casserole is already a complete meal on its own, but nothing prevents you to add roasted veggies on the side such as asparagus, zucchini sticks, etc.

How and how long to keep the ground beef casserole leftovers?

You can keep the ground beef casserole leftovers for 2 days in an airtight container stored in your refrigerator. Reheat covered in a baking dish in your oven. Do not keep the beef casserole and cauliflower rice in the cast iron skillet as it will affect the taste of the food. You can also freeze the beef casserole for up to 3 months.

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  • Pamela

    2021-09-14 21:36:59

    This was really good. I added red bell pepper and mushrooms. Everyone loves it. I'll be putting it in my meal rotation.

  • Brandie

    2021-09-08 20:03:48

    This was wonderful and very easy to make I used frozen riced cauliflower and microwaved it used triple cheddar and mozzarella cheese added some minced garlic we really liked it I will definitely be making it again

  • lori connor

    2021-04-17 09:06:54

    This was fantastic! I used about half of a large bag of frozen riced cauliflower and cooked it in the micro until hot. I was actually a little skeptical about the recipe, but had all the ingredients. It was really great and my husband loved it, too! I added in some baby spinach at the end, too. Easy and quick!

  • Andrea

    2021-02-12 20:01:42

    Very delicious recipe! I didn't have ground beef or beef broth so I used ground chicken and chicken broth and a bag of steam in bag frozen cailiflower rice to cut down on the time it takes to rice a head of cauliflower. It turned out AMAZING! Everyone wanted seconds.

  • Shannon

    2021-01-26 13:35:22

    Delicious! Wanted to add more veggies so I added a chopped red bell pepper. This recipe is a great base to add whatever you want! Thanks so much!!!

  • arlene

    2021-01-07 13:24:02

    Delicious. I didn't rice the veggies and I didn't have tomato paste so used sun dried tomatoes. Surprising mixes of flavors. I will save this one! thank you.

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