Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake

You guys, this low carb sour cream beef bake is outta this world amazing!

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It’s the kind of casserole that you can eat boat loads of without feeling super guilty because it’s low carb. It’s full of amazing flavor, it’s easy to make and the ingredients list is minimal. As a result, I want to make it all the time. It’s my new favorite low carb casserole recipe!

The inspiration for this recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman’s sour cream beef bake recipe. The Pioneer Woman has some crazy good recipes on her site. For example, her macaroni and cheese is a mound of cheesy comfort-food deliciousness. In addition, her sour cream beef bake is one of the best casserole recipes I’ve ever had. The first time I had it was courtesy of a friend of Ken’s aunt and uncle. Said friend made it for the family as a kind gesture after Ken’s dad passed away.

After our neighbor had her baby, I made the casserole for her family. They loved it so much that they made it again a couple days later!

So about my recipe. I wanted to create a low carb version of the sour cream beef bake. After a short brainstorming session, I decided to use cauliflower rice instead of egg noodles.  OMGEEE. My version turned out incredibly amazing. Pasta? Who needs pasta when you have cauliflower rice.

Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake #lowcarb #glutenfree #beef #dinner #casserole #recipe

I’ve made this recipe twice, the first time being half the size of the recipe I’m sharing with you today. I doubled the recipe the second time I made it because I wanted leftovers to last for a few days.

A few notes about this recipe:

  • You can cut the recipe in half.
  • It’s watery right out of the oven. Let it sit for a while or refrigerate overnight to firm it up. Reheat to serve. (see below photo that was taken after refrigerating overnight. Nice and firm, easy to slice!)
  • You can use ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork or any combination of those meats in this recipe.
  • Questions? Feel free to send a message to me or leave a comment below.

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Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake

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  • 12oz cauliflower rice
  • 1.5lb lean ground beef
  • 15oz can of tomato sauce (I make sure no sugar is added)
  • 1/2 C sour cream (I use full fat)
  • 1 1/4 C cottage cheese (I use full fat)
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese (I shred my own)
  • 1/2 C sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place the cauliflower rice in a 2.5 quart baking dish. Microwave 4-5 minutes or until tender but not mushy. After cooking, set aside (leave in the casserole dish).
  3. In a large skillet or pot, cook the ground beef over medium high heat until browned, 7-10 minutes. Drain and stir in the tomato sauce, salt and pepper.
  4. In a mixing bowl, stir together the cottage cheese and sour cream. Mix in the sliced green onions.
  5. Pour the sour cream mixture into the cauliflower rice (that’s in the casserole dish) and mix well.
  6. Pour half of the beef mixture over the cauliflower rice mixture. Spread with the back of a spoon to even. Top with 1 C of the cheddar cheese.
  7. Repeat with the remaining beef mixture and cheese, ending with the cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

If you prefer browned cheese, after baking broil on high until cheese is bubbly and browned.

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38 comments on “Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake”

  1. This beef bake looks so good! I have baked a similar version, and will try your recipe.

  2. Great recipe. I tried this recipe yesterday and loved it. I loved this. Even my kids loved it. And they are hard to please. Thanks!!

    Rating: 5
  3. Girl, you are a low carb angel. This looks SO good, and love that it won’t totally drown me in guilt. Saving for sure!

  4. This looks SOOO good. I hate to say that I’m getting tired of steak but…. there it is
    I’m going to try this today! I can’t wait I’ve been craving lasagna and I think this will surely satisfy that AND my non-keto family!
    Thank you Julie

  5. What is the carb count per serving?

    • Hello,

      I just calculated the carbs using My Fitness Pal. The carbs are estimated to be 7g per serving. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. This is much like my low carb lasagna recipe but I use ricotta and chop up zucchini and add to it. I know many people use cottage cheese in recipes like this. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am new to this type of cooking, so my dumb question is “what is cauliflower rice”? Thank you, I want to try this right after the holidays.

    • Hello,

      Cauliflower rice is cauliflower processed into small pieces similar in size to rice. You can make it yourself by either finely chopping the florets of cauliflower with a knife or using one of the shredding attachments of a food processor. Many stores now sell prepackaged cauliflower rice. Trader Joes sells it in the produce section. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I will be glad to help. :)

  8. Have you ever subbed the cottage cheese for ricotta?

  9. Cant wait to try…..i just made mashed calitatoes for the first time the other day, told my husband i didnt mash it enough so he wouldnt guess. It worked! Next stop calirice!

  10. My mom used to make something similar to this with egg noodles. I’ve been craving it but didn’t want to derail my low carb diet. I thought about using zucchini but can’t wait to try the cauliflower rice instead!

  11. Do you think this will freeze and reheat okay?

  12. Stupid question What is caulitatos

  13. Made this last night it was super delicious, it will be on my regular rotation! Thanks for all you share for us low carb lifestyle people.

    Rating: 5
  14. This looks delicious. Do you happen to know how many net carbs ?

    • Thank you. I calculated it on My Fitness Pal and came up with 7g of net carbs. This is an estimate based on what My Fitness Pal gave me after I put in all of the ingredients into their recipe nutrition calculator. I hope this helps!

  15. Found this in my Yummly search for low carb and couldn’t be happier that I did! It’s delicious and filling. It was my first time using the cauliflower rice and it won’t be my last. Really creamy. Thank you!!!

  16. I just made this recipe today. I tried a little out of the corner of the dish. Sooooo good. But as you said watery. Is that because of the cauliflower rice. I bought mine at the store frozen.
    I am going to try your trick. And refrigerate over night. Do you reheat in the oven or microwave?

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Barb,

      I’m glad you like the recipe! The water is from the cauliflower rice. When I halved the recipe there wasn’t as much water because there was less cauliflower. You may reheat in the oven or the microwave. I’ve reheated both ways and both were fine. Reheating will cause it to become watery but it wasn’t as much as it was just out of the oven. Enjoy!

      • You can use a tea towel to press out the water from the cauliflower rice after you cook it. I am going to try this recipe over the weekend. It sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This was very good!

  18. Can you use the frozen cauliflower rice if so how would I incorporate that in that cooking time also can you leave it out if you don’t like cauliflower rice ( I’ve never tried it but I’m willing) thank you

    • Hello Melissa,

      You may use frozen cauliflower rice however; I would recommend thawing before using in the recipe. I think using frozen will cause it to be more watery. But don’t hold my word to that – I’ve never used frozen so I cannot say for sure how it will turn out. I do not recommend leaving out the cauliflower rice because it is the base of the recipe. The sour cream and cottage cheese is mixed with the cauli rice. Leaving it out would result in a dish similar to meat sauce and cream. Give the cauliflower rice a try. It’s really not bad at all. :)

  19. I made it was very good . Can you please tell me howmany carbs on recipe ty.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Diana,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! I used My Fitness Pal to calculate carbs and came up with an estimated 7g of net carbs. Hope this helps! :)