There are many choices to create delicious keto crockpot recipes for a healthy diet. You don’t have to worry about laying a single finger as these slow cooker cooking ideas are convenient for preparing any delicacy. So get ready to spice up your menu with healthy meals.
I know it’s difficult sometimes for people to maintain a completely carb-free diet. Since carb exists in numerous foods, the best you can do is drop the carb intake to the lowest level. I hope this article can offer you brilliant ideas to make with your slow cooker.
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Many people often think the crockpot takes too long to finish a dish, but I say this kitchen utility helps keep the meal ready to go. Instead of handling many cooking steps, you get more time to relax while not worrying about being hungry.
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
More than often, not many people think about making a dip for their keto diet. Therefore, I want to give you a special dipping sauce recipe using the crockpot. The Queso dip is a classic example of a creamy Mexican sauce made from various dairy products.
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If you’re worried about the cream cheese or sour cream carrying a considerable amount of carbs, don’t worry because I’ve checked everything, and they’re all clear. Simply throw the cream cheese, sour cream, and shredded cheese into the crockpot.
In addition, I highly recommend laying your hand on salsa verde to give the dipping sauce a Mexican-based flavor. Cook the Queso dip at a low setting, and make sure you stir the mixture every 30 minutes to avoid any unwanted burn.
Total time: 8 hours 30 minutes.
Whenever people mention a healthy option to make with a slow cooker, I always want to suggest a refreshing chicken soup. The recipe is an excellent crockpot delicacy to start the morning with a hearty warm feeling.
It’s simple to materialize the chicken soup as you only have to combine the chicken pieces with chicken stock. You need to incorporate a variety of condiments like thyme, bay leaves, and rosemary. Remember to skim the foam occasionally for a clearer broth.
Typically, you want to include carrots for additional nutrients. However, I have to remind you that carrots contain carbs at an acceptable amount. You shouldn’t abuse carrots in this recipe to keep a low amount of carbs.
Learn an interesting way to make a rich chicken soup with a slow cooker right at home.
Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Nothing is better than the feeling of biting into a savory chicken coated with Buffalo sauce. Better yet, the recipe is perfectly built for any keto enthusiast to enjoy. These wings are also a great choice to cook up in a slow cooker to save your effort in the kitchen.
I’ll let you in on the secret of whipping up a tasty Buffalo sauce: use Worcestershire sauce as the base flavor. Furthermore, you need a combination of butter with various condiments like garlic powder, oregano, and onion powder.
You don’t have to marinate the chicken before the cooking process. Place the wings directly in the slow cooker with a generous drizzle of the Buffalo sauce. Don’t forget to whisk the butter with hot pepper sauce for a finishing brush on the wings once cooked.
Adjust the slow cooker to a high setting for the first 2 hours, then reduce it to low. Ideally, the crisp chicken wings should have a magnificent brown hue. I have to warn you that these wings are incredibly addicting, and it’s hard to stop eating them after taking the first bite.
Total time: 5 hours 10 minutes.
Traditionally, Fajita is a delicacy of Tex-Mex cuisine origin that cooks skirt steak with a variety of vegetables and condiments. However, I prefer to use chicken to make Fajita as it’s cheaper and more accessible.
There are two methods for handling chicken Fajita, either with an instant pot or a slow cooker. I, personally, like the slow cooker because it allows the chicken to absorb all the goodness from other ingredients gradually.
All you need is to calibrate the crockpot to a low setting and incorporate the ingredients. Ideally, you want to use chicken thighs, bell pepper, and seasonings. For the liquid content, I suggest using chicken stock to keep the chicken moist and juicy.
Before serving up chicken Fajita, don’t forget to whisk up the heavy cream and sour cream for a creamy flavor. In addition, you may also feature salsa (Mexican tomato sauce) for a more decadent chicken Fajita with melted Cheddar cheese.
Total time: 4 – 6 hours.
In Italy, the word Cacciatore means hunter. But in terms of cuisine, it’s a dish prepared in a hunter style with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Aside from chicken as a popular choice for Cacciatore, locals sometimes even use rabbit for a different meat flavor.
For this recipe, you don’t have to hunt down a rabbit because I love using chicken meat to make Cacciatore for an authentic flavor. You should grab the thigh meat or breast as these two sections provide the most quality meat texture.
In addition, people even take advantage of mushrooms to give the Cacciatore an extra earthy flavor and tender texture. Let the crockpot cook the mixture in a thick tomato puree with a splash of red wine vinegar for an additional tanginess.
Depending on your taste, you can adjust the chicken Cacciatore by adding extra sauce and seasonings. Another quicker way to prepare Cacciatore is to use an instant pot to help the chicken quickly become tenderized.
Total time: 9 hours.
It’s almost impossible for me to say no to a delicious pot roast with thick savory gravy. Better yet, the recipe is ideal for preparing at night, so you always have a hearty breakfast ready to go. Just because you’re busy in the morning, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy pot roast.
For the beef, there are many choices, but you should best stick with the shoulder or butt section for the ideal mouthfeel. Layer the crockpot bottom with various vegetables, such as mushrooms, carrots, and radishes, as a base for placing the beef chunk.
Of course, the pot roast needs to include beef broth to keep the meat moist and juicy. Furthermore, I enjoy my pot roast with a splash of Worcestershire sauce. The beef should become tender enough for you to shred with a fork.
To make the gravy, I recommend blending the flavorful vegetables with the broth from the pot roast. The gravy should have thick consistency before serving it alongside the tender beef.
Slow cooker pot roast has to be one of the easiest recipes to whip up.
Total time: 5 hours.
Do you enjoy a healthy lettuce wrap with shredded chicken as filling? If your answer is yes, allow me to give you a new way to elevate the flavor to another notch. With a drizzle of Caesar dressing, the lettuce wrap becomes highly addicting.
To give you more information about Caesar dressing: it’s a concoction that often appears in salad courses to intensify the overall taste. You may remember a popular Caesar salad dish that utilizes the same dressing for a rich and creamy flavor.
But first, I suggest handling the chicken breast by seasoning it with basil, parsley, and Caesar dressing. I’ll cut you some slack by grabbing the sauce from the supermarket instead of concocting it from scratch.
Once the crockpot finishes cooking, take two forks and work the chicken into thin pieces. Now comes the fun part, set up the lettuce and begin filling each leaf with a good amount of shredded chicken. Proceed to top the lettuce with tomatoes and cheese.
Total time: Beef: 5 – 6 hours (on a high setting) or 8 – 9 hours (on a low setting). Chicken: 4 hours (on a high setting) or 7 – 8 hours (on a low setting).
Maafe is a staple soup with peanut butter (a terrific source of ketogenic protein) from Western Africa, with the dish originating in Mali. Other African countries have various ways of cooking it using different types of meat or vegetables.
This recipe is a Senegal-style Maafe that possesses a thick broth and is rich in peanut flavor. Local Senegalese people often marinate the beef or chicken in paprika, ginger, and garlic.
Sometimes, you can sear the marinated meat for 4 – 5 minutes for a fragrant scent before placing it in the slow cooker. The Maafe also calls for extra sauteed garlic, ginger, and Jalapeno (Mexican green chili) to improve the overall taste.
Next, you want to pour in a blend of tomato sauce, chicken stock, and peanut butter. Before firing up the slow cooker, add your favorite root vegetables. Remember, the bell pepper should only come to the mix at the final one-and-a-half-hour mark.
However, it’s not the only way for you to cook Maafe, as the recipe also works well on a stovetop with basic cooking utensils. Another way is to use an instant pot to reduce the cooking time significantly.
Total time: 4 – 6 hours.
For some people, it’s hard to maintain a keto diet when they often crave a creamy mashed potato side dish. Therefore, I want to lend those people a hand by substituting potatoes with perfectly keto-friendly cauliflower.
The result you get is a fragrant slow cooker side dish with a strong garlic essence. Commonly, you want to cut the cauliflower head into small pieces so that it’s easier to mash later in the cooking process. Cook the cauliflower with a water level that at least covers the vegetables.
Since it’s a simple recipe, adding a bay leaf and a couple of garlic cloves should be enough for this step. When the cauliflower is cooked, drain the water before adding Parmesan cheese and olive oil.
Mush the mixture thoroughly until you achieve the desired consistency. Better yet, the blender should help make this step much easier. Remember to season the mashed cauliflower to your taste before serving it up.
Total time: 8 hours 5 minutes.
Here’s another tenderized meat dish that you can incorporate with the slow cooker easily. Instead of using beef, people turn to pork this time to whip up a delicious recipe with a harmonious combination of condiments.
Aside from a decent-sized pork shoulder, you should think carefully about the seasoning mix. I suggest a simple blend of paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Gently massage the condiments over the pork chunk until it’s entirely covered.
Typically, you have to let the meat marinate for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator, but the best option is to leave it for 24 hours. Transfer the pork shoulder into the slow cooker with the chicken stock to prevent the meat from drying while cooking.
Finally, shred the pork into thin pieces and drizzle it with the broth from the slow cooker.
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Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes.
When you feel tired of regular meat for a crockpot meal, remember that you have the option to use fish in the recipe. In terms of flavor and texture, salmon is always on top of my list, not to mention the delectable vegetable broth that accompanies the fish.
I love using salmon filet as it provides the most meat with a buttery texture. Commonly, the filet has no bones, so it helps your eating experience become more fulfilling. A small piece of advice: you should line the slow cooker with parchment paper to prevent any sticky mess.
Place a couple of lemon slices at the bottom to form a base for the salmon filet. Season the salmon with simple salt and pepper before pouring in vegetable broth. Since the salmon is relatively delicate, you only cook it on low heat to avoid overdoing the fish.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes.
Chicken taco soup is the best choice to serve whether you’re on a keto diet or not. This unique crockpot soup delicacy bursts with a creamy flavor that will convince anyone on a first sip of the broth. Whenever you crave a Mexican dish, chicken taco soup should be your top pick.
Don’t let the hectic list of ingredients deter you from making the chicken taco soup, as the recipe only needs you to put the elements together in a slow cooker. Simply place chicken breast in the pot along with a concoction of tomatoes, chicken stock, and cream cheese at the final stage.
Most often, I enjoy chicken taco soup with a splash of lemon juice to bring a balance to the taste. Thanks to the cream cheese, chicken taco soup usually has a milky white color; sometimes, it can even be murky due to the shredded chicken.
Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes.
Who said you could never have decadent dessert while on a keto diet? I want to bring you a perfectly keto custard cake to satisfy your sweet tooth. The dessert contains low carbs because of the substitution of grain flour with coconut variety.
The first step you have to take is whipping up the egg white to a puff to incorporate with the batter later. As for the dough mixture, I recommend whisking up the egg yolk with coconut flour, swerve sweetener (for a keto choice), and heavy cream.
In addition, the cake tastes much better with the appearance of lemon zest for a touch of refreshing taste. Once the mixture is set, sprinkle in the blueberries. Remember to give the custard cake 1 hour of resting after cooking to stabilize its structure.
Total time: 5 – 8 hours
Whenever you need a nutrient-packed meal full of flavor, I suggest giving the beef stew a shot. It’s a super hearty meal infused with the essence of herb seasonings. Plus, the gravy is a nice addition to make the beef more addicting.
Typically, you want to sear the beef chunks on both sides, but don’t cook them through. This step helps lock in the flavor of the wonderful crockpot beef recipe and infuse it with the taste of Ghee (a type of Indian butter). Like regular stew, this crockpot version also utilizes beef bone broth.
In the crockpot, you want to incorporate ginger, tomatoes, and carrots. Cook at a low setting and finish it off by gently stirring in the spinach. Give the gravy one final taste test, and serve up the dish with your favorite side dishes.
Beef stew is a must-try for slow cooker enthusiasts.
Total time: 3 hours.
Since chicken is versatile in many diets, it’s reasonable for me to treat you with another creamy dish with chicken and creamy cheddar cheese as the primary focus. With the inclusion of bacon bits, the dish gets a light scent of smokiness.
Fill the slow cooker with chicken stock and various herbs for the base mixture. Then, drop in the chicken breast to coat with the ingredients. Let the slow cooker work its magic until the chicken is soft enough for shredding. Next, stir in cream cheese and cheddar to melt them completely.
While the chicken is cooking, you should prepare the bacon bits. Depending on your liking, you can either bake or fry the bacon to get a crunchy or crispy texture. Break the bacon slices into small bits and sprinkle on top of the chicken with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Total time: 2 – 3 hours (on a high setting) or 4 – 6 hours (on a low setting).
No matter how many recipes I’ve been through, not many can stand toe to toe with a decadent plate of mozzarella stuffed meatballs. Before you start pointing fingers and saying that it’s an unhealthy choice, allow me to calm you down because these meatballs are keto-friendly.
Let’s start making the meatball by mixing the ground meat of your choice with a blend of almond flour, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Adding an egg to the ground meat mixture helps bind ingredients better. Next, simply drop in the mozzarella ball and work the meat around it.
While the meatballs are cooking up in the crockpot, whip up the dipping sauce, mainly of crushed tomatoes, Italian seasonings, and garlic. Ideally, the mozzarella should be oozing out of the meatball when you take the first bite.
Another quicker way to cook the meatballs is to use an instant pot. However, it’s pretty difficult to adjust the pressure of the instant pot. In some cases, it’s easy to overshoot the cooking time and result in mushy meatballs.
Total time: 8 hours 15 minutes.
This chili dish is an ideal crockpot ground beef recipe that packs with flavorful condiments, including BBQ sauce. People often use this chili as a spicy dipping sauce for other main courses on the dinner table.
First off, I suggest browning the ground beef in a skillet. Next, transfer the beef into a crockpot with stew meat (beef chunks) and various vegetables. Aside from the savory flavor of BBQ sauce, I want the chili recipe to have a slightly sour and sweet taste of tomato paste.
Furthermore, you can’t leave out the cayenne pepper and chili powder for that heavy kick of spiciness. Most often, people infuse xanthan gum into the liquid mixture to help with the thickening process.
Garnish the dipping sauce with a couple of pepperoncini peppers, and you’re good to serve the spicy sauce. You can easily adjust the spiciness level with a few drops of hot sauce or sprinkling extra cayenne peppers.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes.
Pizza is an unlikely suggestion for a keto diet, not to mention cooking up the dish using a crockpot. However, the recipe is entirely doable by taking the simple step of removing the crust for a keto-friendly snack.
Instead of using a dough mixture for the crust, this pizza is made with a ground beef base and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. Of course, the pizza is not complete without a savory sauce and extra provolone cheese on the surface,
As for the topping, feel free to decide your favorite option. Most often, I suggest a few pepperoni slices or mushrooms. It usually takes around 4 hours to cook the ingredients thoroughly. Don’t forget to spray the crockpot bottom with cooking oil to prevent the pizza from sticking.
Surprise everyone with this homemade, one-of-a-kind pizza.
Total time: 3 hours 19 minutes.
Chicken Tinga is a flavor-packed Mexican slow cooker delicacy that many people speculate to have a Puebla (A Mexican state) origin. Commonly, people place various toppings over the chicken to build up various textures. High-protein Chicken Tinga, as you may think, is also suitable for a keto diet.
In a skillet, you want to combine paprika with oregano, cumin, and garlic. Continue to simmer the concoction along with the diced tomato, chicken broth, and chipotle pepper (dried and smoked Jalapeno). Finally, transfer the sauce to cover the chicken breast completely.
Cook the chicken breast at a low configuration for around 3 – 4 hours and shred the meat later for serving. The recipe also works well with an instant pot for a more tenderized chicken breast.
Total time: 6 hours 10 minutes.
Are you planning to have a great night with Italian delicacy as your main course? If that’s the case, you have to try out a unique combination of sausage and peppers that embodies the spirit of Italian cuisine.
You can easily find Italian sausage at any big supermarket to ensure the dish’s authentic flavor. Simply place the Italian sausages in the slow cooker with tomatoes, onion, and minced garlic. Allow the sausage to cook in a slow setting for around 6 hours.
Commonly, people take advantage of Italian seasonings to enhance the dish’s overall savory taste and ensure the vintage taste. For an optional topping, I highly recommend shredded cheese for a hard-to-resist creaminess.
The heat from the dish should be more than enough to melt the cheese. Many people often say that the resulting taste is like a crustless Italian sausage pizza.
Total time: 4 hours – 6 hours.
The sloppy joe sandwich is a mesmerizing combination of tangy sauce and flavorful ground beef. The ingredients come together quickly with a crockpot. A sloppy joe is often accompanied by buns but to ensure your keto diet, you will need to omit it.
In a skillet, you need to brown the ground beef with pork sausages and onion until you no longer see any piece of pink meat. Then, dump the meat concoction into the slow cooker with tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar.
Crank the crockpot to a low setting and enjoy your free time with everyone. In the final step, I prefer adding xanthan gum to thicken up the sauce in case it is too runny. If you don’t have time to wait, the instant pot may be a more viable option to make sloppy joe.
Typically, people often serve sloppy joes on a burger bun, but I want to offer you an alternative, healthier option such as wrapping it in lettuce. Another suitable choice is cauliflower rice or grilled portobello mushroom.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes.
Gumbo is a popular stew delicacy of the Louisiana state of the US. It unfailingly amazes people with an intense broth taste accompanied by a slightly thick consistency. However, the biggest star of any plate of Gumbo is the delectable shrimps.
Gumbo usually goes with steamed rice, but you can swap it for cauliflower to make the dish keto-friendly. People tend to break the cauliflower into pieces to mimic the rice grain texture used in the dish. Remember to exclude the shrimp and cauliflower rice from the first cooking stage.
I suggest throwing in chicken thighs, sausage, and tomato paste in the initial cooking phase. Allow the slow cooker to tenderize the chicken for 3.5 hours before shredding it into thin strips. Finally, set the crockpot to a high configuration to cook all the shrimp and chicken once again.
Serve the Gumbo on a warm bowl of cauliflower rice for the best experience. Thanks to the tomato paste, the Gum displays a brilliant dark red color that is breathtaking for anyone to try.
Gumbo is an uncommon option for keto, yet it is delicious to enjoy fresh shrimps.
23. Ropa Vieja
Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes.
Ropa Vieja is an iconic specialty of many Latin American countries. Although Ropa Vieja originates from Spain, the delicacy is also adopted by Cuba as a national dish. People usually serve the tendered meat of Ropa Vieja with rice or beans for an authentic Cuban experience.
However, the addition of carbs may derail you from a keto diet. Therefore, I highly recommend skipping any rice from the ingredients. Enjoying the Ropa Vieja alone is also advisable. To prepare the Ropa Vieja, place the beef and vegetables in the slow cooker.
Most often, Ropa Vieja is also a solid choice for a Christmas-themed crockpot recipe in Cuba. Although the recipe may recommend serving Ropa Vieja with rice, you should look for an alternative option like cauliflower rice to stick with the keto theme.
Ideally, I prefer using celery, diced tomatoes, and jalapenos for the vegetable base. In addition, people also add some Recaito (Puerto Rican aromatic pureed base) to enhance the fragrance of the ingredients. Flip the beef to cook it even when you’re halfway through the cooking time.
Make sure you give the meat a poke to check the tenderness. When it suits your taste, proceed to shred the beef into smaller pieces to soak up more savory sauce.
Total time: 6 hours 5 minutes.
Are you up for another chicken delicacy that bombards your taste bud with creaminess and spiciness? If you’re excited like me, then it’s no doubt that slow cooker chicken paprika is a recipe for you. The chicken is tender to the point that it melts in your mouth instantly.
I prioritize using chicken thighs for the silken meat texture, but you may want to debone them for the best eating experience. Whip up the chicken soup with a generous amount of paprika and cover the chicken thighs using the mixture.
After cooking for 5 – 7 hours, you may want to use the juices from the chicken to accompany the sour cream for the sauce. Whenever the sauce is too runny, I suggest adding xanthan gum to adjust the consistency. Pour the sauce over the chicken and continue to cook on a low setting.
Once the sauce becomes thickened, serve the chicken with extra paprika sauce. Remember, you can also use chicken breast to replace thigh meat.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes (on a low setting) or 8 hours 10 minutes (on a high setting).
Zuppa Toscana often refers to Tuscan soup, but in Italy, people use the phrase “Minestra di Pane” to talk about a type of bread soup. A classic Zuppa Toscana usually has toasted Tuscan bread and an array of vegetables.
To make a keto-friendly Zuppa Toscana, you need to eliminate the bread from the list of ingredients. Instead, you can enjoy the excellent filling of Italian sausage and healthy cauliflower. Don’t forget to pour in heavy cream for that mesmerizing creamy broth.
I prefer to enjoy Zuppa Toscana with a sprinkle of pepper flakes for an extra kick of heat. Overall, the soup is soothing and perfect for lifting the mood whenever you feel blue.
I hope you’re happy with this healthy compilation of crockpot delicacies. Even when you don’t have a plan to go on a keto diet, it’s still worth giving a shot at one of these recipes. I’m sure that any creation from your slow cooker will come out wonderfully.
If you know different slow cooker recipes, don’t be shy to drop them in the comment section. I’d love to hear more from everyone. Share this article with any people you know who need brilliant ideas to cook up with a crockpot.