22 Keto Slow Cooker Meals to Make Keto Meal Planning a Dream
Psst! You can still use your Crock-Pot on keto. Just because root vegetables are out of the equation doesn’t mean your Crock-Pot has to be.
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If you want to eat plenty of rich, delicious foods and still lose weight without fretting too much about calories, the keto diet — a very low-carb food plan that prioritizes eating fat — is for you. On this regimen you mainly burn calories from healthy fats, lots of leafy greens and lower carb veggies, and moderate amounts of high-protein foods like meat, cheese and high-fat fish while avoiding starchy vegetables, grains, non-berry fruits, and sugars.
All of this sounds pretty amazing — but how does one meal prep for it?
Enter your Crock-Pot. With so much meat now on your menu, the slow cooker can transform large batches of it into food you’ll want to eat all week, rendering the meat completely tender without much intervention from you. It also works well for spinach, broccoli and certain other low-carb veggies paired with fat. And while you may have previously anchored your slow-cooked meals with starchy root vegetables or sides of rice — both of which are no-no’s on keto — now you can spoon your creamy low-carb veggies and tender, slowly braised meat into crisp rolled lettuce, ladle it onto savory riced cauliflower, or layer it with more fat and greens.
Really, there are so many slow cooker recipes that’ll turn your Crock-Pot into a keto-friendly powerhouse. Going sugar-free will be no big deal. And your total time prepping in the kitchen will be brief! Read on for ideas to help you churn out multiple, delicious keto meals with your slow cooker, and take advantage of Yummly's Meal Planner to keep track of it all.
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Slow cooker keto chicken recipes
Slow cookers work wonders on cooking chicken into fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth pieces. Whether you've got chicken wings, thighs, breasts, or legs, find out just how well-suited chicken is for the slow cooker by incorporating some of the easy chicken keto recipes below into your weekly meal plan.
Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, chicken thighs — these flavorful elements are some of the things I love most about eating keto. Garlic parmesan anything will get my attention. This recipe calls for pairing these rich ingredients with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes (genius!), as well as other ingredients. And it all comes together in just 35 minutes in the Crock-Pot, set on high.
Chicken thighs (or chicken breasts). Green salsa. Oh-so-much cheese. How could anyone say no to this delightful-looking enchilada chicken soup? Especially when that chicken is next-level tender from hours in the crockpot. Eat it on its own or serve with keto-friendly accoutrements for a satisfying meal that will feed you for days.
Here’s another item on the list of Takeout You Should Make Yourself: delicious, keto-friendly Kung Pao chicken with a low-carb soy sauce substitute and plenty of flavor. And when your chicken has been tenderizing in the Crock-Pot all day, you can bet this will taste amazing.
Dunk your zucchini, cauliflower, and crunchy broccoli into this zesty, creamy dip, which is made flavorful with juicy, slowly cooked, shredded chicken. This makes for a fantastic appetizer or snack to have in your fridge (especially when cravings strike).
Slow cooker keto soup recipes
Make a batch of keto-friendly soup in the slow cooker and serve it as your main dish. Easy low carb dinner is served!
This low-carb take on Zuppa Toscana, or a classic Tuscan soup, swaps in cauliflower for the soup’s traditional root vegetables and keeps the sausage, cream, kale, and super yummy flavor. At just 100 calories per serving, you get to enjoy this rich, meaty soup that has simmered for no less than four hours. Just be sure to watch the sugar content on the sausage you buy — you don’t want anything too sweet or it could knock you out of ketosis.
If you’re going to eat a cheeseburger on keto, you must omit the bun. So why not just ditch the plate entirely and treat it like a soup? That’s right, cheeseburger soup is a thing, and it looks amazing. Load yours up with the cheese, gently braised ground beef, butter and cauliflower called for here (among other tasty ingredients) and you've got a low-carb recipe for a traditionally indulgent dish. Just skip the potatoes.
Like the cheeseburger soup mentioned above, cabbage rolls are another handheld food that can also shine as soup. Gently cook that beef in the Crock-Pot and add tomatoes, spices, broth, bright bell pepper, and crunchy, budget-friendly cabbage and you will have yourself a delightful, slurp-worthy meal (or three).
8. Keto Chili
Ground beef, sausage, onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes — do you even miss the beans with all these tasty flavors? That’s right, keto-eaters can have chili, too, and by the looks of it, this slow-cooked, meaty version could give the traditional stuff a run for its money. And as one commenter suggests, swapping pork rinds in place of oyster crackers can lend a tasty crunch.
Macaroni and cheese don’t have anything on broccoli and cheese, IMO. The latter has more flavor (and nutrients) and has to be one of the most comforting food combinations on the planet. In soup form, it reaches peak comfort. Just throw your broccoli, chicken broth, cream, and various cheeses into your Crock-Pot and let this rich, low-carb soup come together on its own.
Beef, pork, and many more slow cooker keto meals
From pot roast and pork, to creamed spinach, and even eggy breakfast casserole, the slow cooker can take on just about any ketogenic challenge and satisfy the whole family.
Imagine this: You’ve had a stressful day, and you suddenly remember you have comforting, flavorful pot roast left over for lunch. That alone is reason to make this (not to mention the way the roast makes your house smell all day when it’s cooking). Use an affordable chuck or round roast — not too lean — for rich, melt-in-your-mouth results. Instead of carrots and potatoes, sub in radishes.
You’ve been eating a lot of heavy meat and fat lately, so why not mix it up with some bright and zesty mojo pork? Mojo is a Cuban sauce that is made with garlic, olive oil or pork lard, and citrus juice. This incredible version incorporates cumin, jalapeño, avocado and lemon, among other lively flavors, paired with succulent shredded pork. I am dying to eat this with romaine lettuce.
Sweet-and-salty Mongolian beef is usually a total indulgence, unless of course, you’re on the keto diet. This version uses sugar-and-soy sauce substitutes and swaps in unflavored gelatin for cornstarch, keeping the dish’s classic, jammy consistency and flavor despite being very low-carb. After a short amount of time in the Crock-Pot, you can spoon it onto cauliflower rice and finish with scallions.
Slow-cooked beef with a gravy made from cream of mushroom soup, sour cream and cream cheese? Sign me up! The traditional version of this classic dish incorporates egg noodles, but the keto version would be best on cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.
Here is the straightforward, slow-cooked creamed spinach recipe of your dreams: Mix cream-and-cheddar cheese with ample spinach in the slow cooker for an hour and, presto! You’ve got a flavorful, nutrient-dense dish that comes in at just 2.2 net carbs. This would be filling and nutritious alongside some cauliflower rice or rolled into cabbage leaves with ground beef.
As the author of this delicious-looking slow-cooked beef and broccoli dish notes, grabbing a keto-friendly meal while on the town can be hard. For example, beef and broccoli may seem like a safe bet at a restaurant, yet sugar can still find its way in. So if you’re craving some Chinese takeout, why not make it yourself? This easy keto recipe includes coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and a sugar substitute, so you can still have your slowly braised, mouthwatering flank steak and broccoli, minus the risk of being knocked out of ketosis.
Leave a pork shoulder and various spices in the Crock-Pot all day and when it’s ready, you’ll have tender, falling-off-the-fork carnitas. Then, take this tender pork roast to the next level with cilantro, red onion, sour cream, and some citrus (just be sure the orange juice called for doesn’t put you over your daily carb limit) and gather it up in a crunchy lettuce wrap. Yum!
Want a sturdier, more comforting version of pork shoulder? Switch up the spices from above with the ones called for here and leave your pork in the slow cooker for a mere hour, then finish it off with some rich gravy. I’m feeling warm and cozy just thinking about this dish.
I have great news: You don’t have to give up gyros! This delightful recipe calls for keto naan, which uses a coconut-flour-based dough for a low-carb wrap and is filled with chuck stew meat that’s braised in the Crock-Pot for hours. If you want a more traditional gyro flavor, go ahead and use lamb instead, which you can slow cook similarly to beef.
You can do so many things with pulled steak: pile it on cauliflower rice, load it onto a salad, or drizzle it with cheese, mushrooms, and scallions. Basically, it’s a good thing to make in large batches so you can dress it up any way you like when you need a meal. Here is a recipe for it as a flavorful side dish — after it’s been gently braised for hours, of course.
This casserole makes sure you can have your eggs, bacon, and cheese without feeling guilty: You’re eating plenty of kale, too. What a lovely way to make a large batch of breakfast that you can nosh on throughout the week.
Soft, slow-cooked beef over mashed potatoes — er, cauliflower can really hit the spot. Cauliflower is such a good substitute for mashed potatoes, and much healthier, too. Douse it in homemade gravy and you’ll be savoring each bite.
Oxtails deserve way more attention than they currently get. When gently braised for long enough, this rubbery, collagen-rich meat becomes some of the most flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth tender food you’ll ever try. This easy low-carb dish is lovely with mashed cauliflower and gravy, or try it atop a bright, peppery arugula salad. Your foodie friends will be impressed.