This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto easy taco casserole is a great meal prep recipe. It’s a tasty and easy way to feed a crowd, and you can add all your favorite taco toppings. These healthy casserole leftovers are delicious and perfect for re-heating for lunches during the busy work week, too.
Meal Prep Like A Boss
One of our favorite ways to meal prep is to make a large dinner Sunday night that we can then enjoy as leftovers during the busy work week. It works out great because you already have to make dinner Sunday, so it doesn’t really feel like extra work, and then you have some leftovers in the fridge ready to go for lunches at work or another dinner on a busy evening. And trust us, you will look forward to the leftovers from this easy taco casserole!
Add A Little Dairy-Free Creaminess
We decided to play around with making this casserole slightly creamy and still dairy-free, and we came up with two options. If you tolerate eggs, you can use mayo. Or, if you prefer a yogurt you can use that! We used Coyo Natural, a plain coconut yogurt option. Either way, you will love the bit of creaminess added to this easy taco casserole.
Cauliflower Rice Tips
Do you ever use cauliflower rice in casseroles and find that it ends up making the casserole really watery? Well, we’ve definitely had that happen and have found the best way to avoid a watery casserole with cauliflower rice is to rice a head of cauliflower in a food processor with the S blade. Pulse until the cauliflower texture is like couscous or cooked quinoa. You might have to do a couple of batches so you don’t over-process the cauliflower. Give it a try, and tell us if you love the texture of this healthy casserole as much as we do!
Some Other Casseroles To Try
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Easy Taco Casserole (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
For the taco seasoning:
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
For the casserole:
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 medium head cauliflower, riced, (about 6 cups of cauli rice – see recipe notes)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup mayo, (or coconut yogurt)
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 can olives, sliced, (6 oz)
- diced tomatoes
- sliced avocado or guacamole
- sliced jalapeño
- chopped cilantro
- Prepare taco seasoning by combining all of the seasoning ingredients in a bowl or jar and mixing well.
- Prep onion and bell pepper as noted and heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in the onion, bell pepper and beef to cook, breaking the beef into bits and stirring occasionally. Cook until the beef is almost browned, about 10-12 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
- While the beef is cooking, rice your cauliflower. Place 1/2 head of cauliflower florets in a food processor with the S-blade. Pulse to to chop into small bits, similar to a cooked quinoa or couscous consistency. Remove and add to a bowl. Repeat with remaining 1/2 of cauliflower.
- Drizzle cauli rice with avocado oil. Toss to coat. Add in minced garlic and 1 tbsp of the taco seasoning. Mix and set aside.
- Mix mayo (or coconut yogurt), salsa and nutritional yeast together in a bowl.
- When the beef is almost browed, add in the remaining taco seasoning and mix with the meat. Continue cooking until beef is fully cooked. Remove from heat.
- In a casserole dish (9×13), add the cooked beef, cauli rice, mayo mixture and olives. Stir to mix and spread everything out evenly.
- Place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes, or until everything is heated through.
- While the casserole is baking, prepare your toppings. When the casserole is finished, remove from the oven and top with desired items. Serve and enjoy.
FINALLY a taco casserole wo dairy!!! I’m so excited! Making it tonight for dinner and leftovers on a weeknight. U R my hero😂from another former accountant 🥰
Hope you enjoyed it Vicki! We enjoy being former accountants much more than we enjoyed being accountants 🙂
So tasty and easy to make!
This is SOOOOO good. Made some in January and froze half. Just as good as I remembered. Great way to switch up Taco Tuesday and serve a crowd.
Glad it was good the second time around!
Another easy and tasty recipe. I had it for leftover breakfast a few days after and it was just a good. Yum!
Could I freeze this with some tomato on top to give to a new mom?
You could freeze it, but I’d recommend adding any fresh toppings like tomato and avocado after thawing.
This is amazing!
I didn’t want to monkey around ricing my own cauliflower so I used the steam bag, let it cool and squeezed out the excess water with cheese cloth.
Will definitely be making this one again!
That’s great! We love little time savers sometimes, too! Glad it worked out well and that you enjoyed the casserole! Thanks for giving it a try! 🙂