There’s a bunch of reasons why you SHOULD use your slow cooker. For one, it takes the hassle out of preparing your food because a lot of times, you literally just have to dump everything in the slow cooker and turn it on.
Consequently, I think it might steer you away from drive-through and takeout food because you know there’s fresh, aromatic food waiting for you at home. Not only does this save you time and money, but also makes for a healthier life.
As a foodie though, what I like most about slow cookers is how it influences the texture and flavor of whatever you put in it. The long cooking time tenderizes even the toughest cuts of meat and brings out all those natural flavors.
On that note, the amount of freedom in keto when it comes to fat makes crock pots to die for! Seriously. They’re THAT good.
So, I’ve assembled what I think are the best keto slow cooker recipes on the internet. But, before we get to that, let me make my recommendation first.
What is the best slow cooker in 2020?
Well, you’ve got a lot to choose from and really, it’s mostly subjective.
Personally, however, I’m using Crock Pot’s 6-Quart Metallic Cooker. It’s not overly expensive, it’s big enough to fit whatever I’m cooking, and it has both time and temperature controls that makes cooking so much easier. Plus, I feel like I’m paying homage to the pioneer’s of slow cooking every time I use it.
Other brands and models can be just as good though, but I highly suggest those where you can set the timer and the temperature.
So, without further ado, here some of the best keto slow cooker recipes I found on the internet. I’ll be categorizing them into either chicken, beef, pork, or others to make it easier for you to choose which one you want to cook.
Is there anything else I need?
Need? Not really. You probably have all the tools you need in your pantry.
However, since slow-cooked meat almost always ends up extremely tender, you’re going to find a lot of recipes that involve shredding pork, beef, chicken, and several other types of meat.
You can simply use your fork to get the job done but if you’re feeling fancy (and want to speed things up a little), having a pair of meat claws always helps.
Keto chicken slow cooker recipes
1. Low carb buffalo chicken dip
Low Carb Maven says this is a great appetizer for parties — and I agree — but I also think it works great as part of a snack. Its creaminess as well as its savory, somewhat spicy flavor makes for great dip.
Oh, and since you’re on keto, I suggest dipping celery sticks to keep your carb count low. Plus, it adds the crunch factor that we all want.
Macros: 183 calories | 2g carbs | 9g protein | 16g fat
2. Keto mexican chicken soup
Perfect for rainy days, this easy mexican chicken soup helps keep me warm and cozy when it’s way too cold to leave the house.
It takes 3-8 hours to cook depending on what temperature you set your slow cooker. I usually use the high temp setting and set the timer for 3 hours. If I feel like it needs a bit more cooking, I add 30-60 more minutes and that usually does the trick.
Check out Low Carb Yum for more info.
Macros: 331 calories | 5g carbs | 25g protein | 23g fat
3. Healthy slow cooker chicken cacciatore
This one’s an Italian-inspired dish that features chicken (duh), garlic, onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a couple of herbs.
Whether or not this recipe is authentic Italian, I have no Idea (and I wouldn’t want to get into that argument either). What I know, however, is that slow cooking the chicken and the rest of the elements brings out a flavorful meal that, many times, I just can’t help but grab seconds!
Visit Wholesome Yum for the full recipe.
Macros: 203 calories | 8g net carbs | 29g protein | 3g fat
4. Crockpot chicken fajitas
Like a lot of other tex-mex recipes, these chicken fajitas are amazing on tacos but since we’re trying to limit our carbs, lettuce wraps work, too. To me though, it’s best served with whatever cauliflower rice recipe you know about.
Also, That Low Carb Life’s recipe says to just toss everything (except for the bell peppers that you have to slice) in the slow cooker and walk away. This definitely works but if you want to go ahead and sear your chicken breast first, I find that it tastes even better.
Macros: 276 calories | 8g carbs | 25g protein | 17g fat
5. Easy low carb chicken marsala
I’m going to be very honest here. There’s a part of me that loves the traditional, pan-fried chicken marsala more than this but even I have to admit that, when it comes to convenience, Sweet C’s slow cooker version is way, WAY better. The taste isn’t too far off either, especially if you brown the chicken breasts and mushrooms beforehand.
Overall, it’s a great recipe that’s creamy, savory, and well… delicious!
Macros: 312 calories | 7g carbs | 33g protein | 5g (saturated fat)
keto beef slow cooker recipes
6. Slow-cooked keto chili
Here, I’ve got 2 chili recipes. And, since we’re keeping it keto, neither of them have any beans and both are packed with meat! I mean, really. This is some seriously meaty stuff. The beans will be the last thing on your mind after you taste these.
Having said that, here’s where you can catch these amazing recipes:
- Macros: 222 calories | 11.5g carbs | 16.8g protein | 12.7g fat
- Macros: 306 calories | 13g carbs (10g net) | 23g protein | 18g fat
7. Slow cooker mexican shredded beef
I first tried this Fox and Briar Mexican shredded beef recipe back when I was trying to build lean muscle while on keto. It’s relatively low calorie, low carb, and saturated with both fat and protein.
I got the results I wanted, sure, but what surprised me more was that I did it without having to sacrifice any flavor. Honestly, I’d eat this regardless if I’m on some type of fitness journey or not. It’s that good.
Macros: 258 calories | 3g carbs | 27g protein | 16g fat
8. Keto beef stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is something I ask my wife to cook for me all the time (she makes a ridiculously good stroganoff). However, she uses a pan to cook her version. I was so used to it that the idea of using a crock pot just never appealed to me.
That is until we tried Seeking Good Eats’ recipe.
My wife loves it because it’s way easier to cook and I love it because, well… she cooks it. And it’s tasty, too!
Macros: 429 calories | 7g net carbs | 39.4g protein | 26.2g fat
9. Low-carb mushroom lover’s pot roast
First of all, I’m not big on mushrooms but it’s not so much the taste that I don’t like; it’s really more of texture. I can’t explain it but I just think it’s weird.
Nevertheless, even someone like me has to admit that this dish is incomplete without the mushrooms. Slow cooked, the flavors blend so well together and makes the beef taste even better. Plus, the juice they leave behind is great for gravy.
Check out Kalyn’s Kitchen for the full recipe.
Macros: 664 calories | 6g carbs | 69g protein | 40g fat
10. Slow cooker carne asada
Planning a party? Then whip out the slow cooker and get to shopping because this carne asada will ramp up the life (and the heat!) of all your gatherings!
You’re going to need a bunch of ingredients to get this right but don’t be intimidated. Besides searing the meat and using your blender to combine the rest of the ingredients, it’s all about dumping everything in the crock pot and walking away for about 8 hours. When ready, serve with nachos or, if your friends are also on keto, lettuce wraps.
Visit Lexi’s Clean Kitchen for the recipe.
Macros: 529 calories | 14.3g carbs | 64.8g protein | 22.7g fat
11. Slow cooker mongolian beef
Is it just me or does everyone else love Chinese takeout? Now, if you do, you’re going to love this recipe.
All Day I Dream About Food replaces high carb ingredients like brown sugar and cornstarch with arguably better alternatives. The end result is a delectable, tender meal that has nearly no carbs at all. Packed with protein and fat, too!
Macros: 417 calories | 2g carbs | 35.7g protein | 25.4 fat
Keto pork slow cooker recipes
12. Keto pulled pork
First of all, this recipe doesn’t use barbeque sauce. Bummer, right?
But wait! Don’t scroll away just yet!
Instead of all those sugary barbeque sauces that can easily kick you out of ketosis, Ditch The Carbs uses a blend of seasonings and tomato paste that you can rub all over your pork cut. All these flavors seep into the meat making it incredibly tasty, perhaps even moreso than traditional pulled pork.
Macros: 181 calories | 0.1g carbs | 24.7g protein | 8.3g fat
13. Crispy slow cooker pork carnitas
I’m not gonna lie — this takes a bit of time and effort to make compared to most other crock pot recipes.
Chef Savvy says you’re going to have to brown your pork before throwing it in the slow cooker and after about 8 hours, shred the meat, broil, pour in some of the sauce, slap it back back in the oven, and pour more of the sauce before you actually get to enjoy your meal.
On the other hand, all that time and effort will be rewarded with food that’s absurdly tasty, tender, and best of all, keto-friendly.
Macros: 320 calories | 6g carbs | 37g protein | 16g fat
14. Low carb zuppa toscana soup
I’ve never even heard of zuppa toscana soup until I accidentally came across Gal on a Mission. I quickly looked into it and immediately found that it’s apparently a popular dish on Olive Garden (I haven’t been there, so I wouldn’t know).
Anyhow, I have the recipe a go and thought, “this would be a perfect pick me up for gloomy days.” It’s easy to make, low calorie, low carb, and relatively high on fat and protein.
Macros: 246 calories | 7g carbs | 14g protein | 19g fat
15. Slow cooker pork tenderloin
Tenderloins are one of my three favorite cuts of pork (the others being pork belly and spareribs). It’s relatively affordable but also doesn’t take a lot to make tender.
That being said, Wonky Wonderful’s pork tenderloin recipe still takes about 8 hours to cook but I’m not complaining. The drawn out pace helps the pork absorb all of the vegetable stock’s flavors. Top it off with some blackberry sauce and you’ve got tender shreds of meat that can almost literally overwhelm your taste buds.
Macros: 515 calories | 7g carbs | 65g protein | 23g fat
Other amazing slow cooker recipes for keto
What you’ll find here are lamb, shrimp, and several vegetable slow cooker recipes that are great for anyone on the keto diet.
16. Slow-cooker garlic-herb mashed cauliflower
This recipe comes up at less than 100 calories and just 7g carbs, making it an almost guilt-free substitute to mashed potatoes. Plan your meals right, and you could easily fit this as a side dish to a lot of other recipes on this list.
Macros: 94 calories | 7g carbs | 3g protein | 7g fat
17. Slow-cooker mediterranean frittata
Here’s another recipe from PureWow. They say it’s great for breakfast (and maybe it is), but because of the 2-3 hours it needs to cook, I’ve only ever tried having this for lunch.
Regardless, it’s super easy. I like to call it the fancy slow-cooked scrambled egg because that’s what it tastes like to me. However, rather than fussing over the pan, you basically just arrange the arugula, red peppers, onion, and goat cheese on the slow cooker, pour in your egg mixture, and wait until it’s time to dig in.
Macros: 164 calories | 4g carbs | 12g protein | 11g fat
18. Thai slow cooker zucchini lasagna
I’ve been cooking for years now but not once did I ever think of cooking lasagna on a slow cooker. I swear, man, these food bloggers keep getting more creative everyday — and the one responsible for this genius is none other than Food Faith Fitness.
This recipe has a nutty Thai twist to it thanks to peanut butter (YES. PEANUT BUTTER IN LASAGNA!). You might think it’s weird — I know I did — but like they say, don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Now, if you do like the recipe, it’s got a relatively high amount of carbs so you might want to keep it down to just 1 serving.
Macros: 341 calories | 15.5g carbs | 31.2g protein | 17.1g fat
19. Crock pot fire roasted tomato shrimp tacos
You know what I hate about cooking and/or eating shrimp? The peeling. It drives me nuts — and this recipe isn’t an exception!
BUT! BUT! BUT!
That’s really the only hard part about it, so I find myself making it anyway. Like most other slow cooker recipes, the prep takes significantly more effort than the actual cooking. Also, Cotter Crunch had tacos in mind when she made this recipe but if you want to keep it low carb, I think it’s great even without the tortillas.
Macros: 115 calories | 5g carbs | 14g protein | 2.5g fat
20. Slow-cooked lamb with mint and green beans
I’m not the biggest fan of lamb so I’ve only ever made this once. Don’t get me wrong though. Lamb tastes amazing when cooked right. But, where I’m from, it’s also harder to find. And, when I do find it, it’s also a bit pricey so I always end up second guessing whether or not I want to buy it.
Nevertheless, lamb is great for keto because it’s naturally fatty. So, if you have easy access to lamb wherever you are, KetoDiet App has a crock pot recipe you can use.
Macros: 525 calories | 7.6 net carbs | 37.3g protein | 36.4g fat
And that ends my list of the best keto slow cooker recipes. You probably won’t like some of them as much as I do but I can only hope that you find at least 1 that you can add to your own battalion of go-to dishes. If that happens, you best believe I’m a happy man.
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