50 EASY Keto Recipes for Beginners - Whole Lotta Yum (2024)

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You've been wanting to start a low carb or Keto Diet but figuring out what you can eat can be a challenge! Finding easy low carb recipes isn't the issue, it's figuring out what to cook day in and day out without getting stuck on the same foods that is the problem.

Having a list of 50 easy keto meals for beginners makes a huge difference to the keto diet success. We've also included our most popular casserole recipe at the bottom in the recipe card for you to print!

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Best Keto Recipes for Beginners

We compiled 50 easy low carb recipes that can easily be a 7+ day low carb or Keto Diet meal plan, featuring 9 low carb breakfast recipes, 20+ low carb lunch recipes, and 20+ low carb dinners. Best of all? They're all simple recipes.

These easy keto recipes for beginners are so easy to put together very quickly. Some of the easy keto meals can be made in only 15 minutes, others would be awesome keto meal prep ideas to make your upcoming work week easier.

On a budget? Check out our 50+ cheap keto meals!

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Keto Beginner Recipes

We're a huge fan of doubling recipes when we make them so we don't have to be in the kitchen every day. By meal prepping in advance, makes it easier to assemble meals instead of having to cook regular meals.

Whether you're looking for meatless keto breakfast ideas that don't involve eggs or bacon, easy lunch bento box ideas, or easy keto dinners that can be made in 30 minutes or less, we have 21 cheap AND easy keto recipes for you!

Be sure to let us know what you think of our favorite easy keto recipes for beginners! Did we miss any from the list?

Easy Keto Dinners

Keto Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Simple keto casseroles make one of the BEST easy keto meals for beginners. Not only are they quick to put together, but they're also a favorite with families, and make delicious leftovers for lunch or another dinner.

This keto green chili casserole is the most popular recipe on our site! Just start with a rotisserie chicken and this easy keto recipe cooks in only 20 minutes!

Keto Enchilada Casserole by Whole Lotta Yum

Crockpot Sausage and Peppers

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If you're missing the flavors of pizza and want to make one of the easiest keto meals out there, you'll want to try our crockpot Italian sausage and peppers!

This is a family favorite in our house and my personal favorite blog recipe πŸ˜‰ Plus it's literally one of the easiest keto meals out there!

Crockpot Sausage and Peppers by Whole Lotta Yum

Keto Crack Slaw (Egg Roll in a Bowl)

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If you haven't yet tried egg roll in a bowl aka keto crack slaw, you're in for a HUGE treat! It's basically a deconstructed egg roll in a bowl that ONLY takes 15 minutes to cook!

Seriously...coming up with easy keto dinner ideas, especially for those new to keto, this is an absolute winner and is extremely popular. Not only is it keto but it's whole30, dairy free, and paleo too.

Crack Slaw Recipe by Whole Lotta Yum

Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

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Making keto Philly cheesesteak casserole has never been more delicious and easier than this 30 minute stovetop recipe. You won't even miss the bun with our easy casserole version.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole by Whole Lotta Yum

Crack Chicken Recipe

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An easy crack chicken recipe in a slow cooker that's so delicious, it's addictive!

Made with flavors of chicken bacon ranch, you can serve it as a casserole, a dip, or on a keto friendly bun.

Shrimp Zoodles with Pesto

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When you're craving a seafood dinner and want it on the table fast, this quick keto meal on the stovetop includes justa bag of shrimp, zucchini noodles, and storebought or homemade pesto sauce. Another 30 minute meal!

Shrimp Zucchini Noodles with Pestoby Whole Lotta Yum

Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas

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If you're having a tough time giving up your favorite meals by switching to a keto lifestyle, easing into it by having a periodic low carb meal like enchiladas using low carb store-bought tortillas is a great option. We used Mission Carb Balance brand.

Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas by Whole Lotta Yum

Keto White Chicken Chili

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You won't even miss the beans in this hearty (and easy!) keto white chicken chili. Perfect for a cold fall or winter night.

Keto white chicken chili by Whole Lotta Yum

Low Carb Sausage and Veggies

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Baking sausages with roasted vegetables is one of our go-to weekly easy keto meals. There are a ton of sausage varieties on the market that only have 1 net carb per serving! Our favorites are either the chicken varieties from Trader Joes or Adele's brands at most major grocery stores.

You can easily swap a variety of low carb vegetables depending on what you have in your fridge. This is another great way to use up the odd bits and pieces of unused vegetables you have leftover from other recipes. This also works great with uncooked bratwurst.

Sheet pan sausage and veggies in the oven by Whole Lotta Yum

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

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If you haven't yet tried Mississippi pot roast, you're SERIOUSLY in for a treat! Who knew a crockpot beef roast mixed with mild pepperoncini peppers could taste like heaven? Not to mention the butter on top πŸ˜‰ SO SO GOOD!

Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast by Whole Lotta Yum or try this crockpot keto shredded pork for variety.

Keto Taco Pie

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Did anyone else grow up with the Bisquick taco pie for dinner like I did?? That was a favorite recipe as a kid and this keto taco pie recipe is a much healthier take.

You won't even miss the crust in this delicious and easy crustless taco pie.

Crustless taco pie by Whole Lotta Yum

Keto Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Bowls

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Hamburger Green Bean Casserole

Chicken Divan Casserole

Fish Taco Bowl

Keto Stuffed Peppers

Keto Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Tuna Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Fajita Bake

3 Ingredient Mexican Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Keto Chili

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Easy Keto Lunches

It seems that finding easy keto recipes for beginners for lunch is the biggest challenge. Many people will stick to eggs, keto-friendly smoothies, or bullet coffee for breakfast, but what to take to work definitely complicates things.

Meal prepping is our favorite way to always make sure we have something to eat for lunch, whether that means doubling or tripling what we're making for dinner or doing a Sunday meal prep for busy weekday lunches.

Big Mac Salad

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Making a low carbketo Big Mac Saladis a fantastic way to get the flavors of a cheeseburger without all carbs. Layer your ingredients in meal prep containers and then add the special sauce when you go to eat it.

Recipe byWhole Lotta Yum

Broccoli Salad with Bacon

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This keto broccoli salad recipe is one of the most popular on our site! If you haven't tried it yet you're in for a treat, this 5 star recipe is chock full of delicious flavor in every bite like bacon, cheese, and sunflower seeds.

Not only is this a fantastic easy keto lunch recipe that will keep for days in the fridge, it's also a holiday and potluck favorite that no one would ever guess is keto-friendly.

Keto Broccoli Salad by Whole Lotta Yum

Antipasto Salad

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Lunchtime is the best time to get your carbs for the day, especially when they're coming from healthy low carb vegetables. What we love about this keto antipasto salad is that you can take all of those little leftover bits in your fridge of meats, cheeses, and vegetables and add them into a delicious meal.

And if you're following the recipe exactly, things don't get much easier than opening up jars and adding them to a bowl.

This yummy and easy keto recipe for beginners is perfect for lunch, dinner, or meal prep. If you're planning to use this as meal prep for the week be sure to store the lettuce separate from the other ingredients so it doesn't get soggy.

Italian Antipasto Salad by Whole Lotta Yum

Another related lunch salad idea- Keto Italian Sub Salad by The Tipsy Housewife

Low Carb Eggdrop Soup

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When you're running out of carbs are just aren't feeling full after your meal, adding in a "basically" zero carb egg drop soup is a winner every time! You won't believe it cooks in just 5 minutes and only has 52 calories per serving, but is SO FILLING.

An easy comforting soup to take to work that you can reheat or bring it in a spill-proof container that keeps your soup warm until lunch.

Low Carb Eggdrop Soup by Whole Lotta Yum

Low Carb Taco Soup

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Soups are always a terrific keto lunch recipe, plus it's hearty in fall and winter AND soup is so filling.

Easy crock-pot low carb taco soup is another one of our most popular recipes. It makes a fantastic easy keto meal for beginners when you want something comforting with all of your favorite taco flavors.

This is also an easy keto lunch recipe that is popular with kids!

Keto taco soup recipe by Whole Lotta Yum

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

Buffalo chicken celery sticks are a fast and easy snack that also makes an easy lunch on the go. When you have leftover homemade buffalo chicken dip, making yourself a tasty snack of buffalo chicken on celery hits every spot.

There's a link in the post to our easy dump and go crockpot buffalo chicken dip.

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks by Whole Lotta Yum

Keto Cobb Salad

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Greek Chicken Bowl

Egg and Avocado Salad

Ham and Pickle Roll-ups

Turkey Taco Bowl

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Low Carb Zuppa Toscana

Keto Pizza Soup (Crock-pot or Instant Pot)

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Avocado Kale Salad

Tuna Stuffed Avocados

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Making stuffed avocados with tuna is a favorite easy keto meal for beginners. You get tons of heart-healthy fats that'll keep you full all afternoon.

If you want tuna stuffed avocado with a kick, then you'll want to try our easy recipe. You can also stuff an avocado with egg salad, simple tuna salad, or chicken salad too.

Our Favorite keto-friendly mayo has no sugar and is made with avocado oil. We highly recommend it! It has SO much more flavor than the standard store-bought varieties we all grew up with.

Meat & Cheese Pinwheels

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Keto roll-up pinwheels make another terrific sandwich alternative for lunch. You simply take a piece of lunchmeat like ham or turkey, add cream cheese and other low carb fillings, and roll it up.

You'll especially love this version that has a piece of bacon in the middle. Being able to eat bacon is one of the best parts of the keto diet, am I right? πŸ˜‰

Keto Ham & Bacon Pinwheels by 730 Sage Street

The Adult Lunch Box

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We like to call this the adult lunch box, just get yourself a cute or sturdy bento box with various compartments and fill it up with your favorite low carb protein sources, nuts, a low carb vegetable and low carb fruit.

While this lunch box is for smoked salmon, this can easily be replaced with any of your favorite protein sources.

Be sure to check out our other popular post dedicated to 30 keto meal prep ideas for lunches if you're a meal prepper like we are.

Smoked salmon lunch box by The Kitchn

BLT Lettuce Wraps

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Lettuce wraps of all kinds make for a fabulous and easy keto meal for beginners. You can simply swap the high carb tortilla and replace it with almost carb-free lettuce.

BLT wraps are one of our favorites, meal prepping hard-boiled eggs for the week is a cheap, easy, and simple way to get protein on a keto diet. If you have an instant pot, making pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs is a breeze!

Making bacon in the oven is the easiest way to cook bacon in bulk to use for recipes during the week.

Low carb BLT wraps by My Fitness Pal

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Easy Keto Breakfast Recipes

You won't be surprised by this, but eggs are a popular keto breakfast for a reason. Not only can you make them fried, scrambled, or hard-boiled, they're so versatile and you can easily whip up casseroles, breakfast sandwiches, egg cups, quiche, and more.

But an easy keto breakfast doesn't stop with just eggs, of course, you'll be thrilled to learn there are many other egg-free recipes out there to help you get a variety for breakfast.

Since eggs are often the most popular easy keto breakfast recipe for beginners, we've definitely included a few. But it doesn't stop there! Keto "oatmeal", smoothies, and baked goods like muffins, also make terrific easy keto meals for beginners when you want a little variety in your life.

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

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Making a keto sausage and egg breakfast sandwich is easy to make but it's also SO delicious. No need to crave the McDonald's line when you can make a keto-friendly substitute for a sausage and cheese "biscuit".

Keto Sausage & Egg Breakfast Sandwich by Peace Love & Low Carb

Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Cups

Making easy bacon and egg cups makes the perfect meal prep breakfast and is also beloved by all when served at a brunch or for the holidays.

You simply partially bake the bacon in a muffin tin, add in eggs, cheese, and cream, and bake until the yolk is thickened but not all the way cooked through. Yum! These are a favorite for sure!

Chia Seed Pudding (Keto/Low Carb Adaption)

When you want a keto breakfast that you can meal prep plus is something other than eating eggs for days, prepping chia pudding is the answer! It's dairy free and so simple! This is a low carb recipe, to make it keto swap any sweeteners for monk fruit to taste and swap the corn starch in the optional blueberry sauce for arrow root powder.

Putting together an easy breakfast quiche makes breakfast simple all week long. Even better yet when it's a recipe loaded with all the keto food groups like protein, fat, dairy, and low carb vegetables.

Related recipe-Ham & Broccoli Breakfast Casserole by Kayln's Kitchen

Keto Green Smoothie

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While my husband prefers a bullet coffee for breakfast every morning, my personal go-to is a keto-friendly smoothie. Smoothies make the perfect way to have a plant-based low carb breakfast on the go with protein, healthy fats, low carb greens, and low carb fruits.

We love this refreshing green keto smoothie by Low Carb Yum, avocados are so tasty in a smoothie, plus they make it nice and thick. The addition of lime and mint make for a unique and flavorful addition.

Green Keto Smoothie by Low Carb Yum

Keto Oatmeal

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If you thought you had to give up oatmeal on the keto diet, you're mistaken! Instead of using traditional high carb oats, both chia seeds and hemp seeds make a delicious alternative.

Both chia and hemp seeds are very low in carbs yet high in fiber. A perfect breakfast to keep your system "regular."

Quick Keto "Oatmeal" by Keto Diet App

Keto Blueberry Muffins

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If you thought you had to give up baking on the keto diet, think again! You can still eat muffins on the keto diet when you substitute all-purpose flour with low carb options like almond flour and coconut flour.

This 5 star low carb blueberry muffin recipe that's both keto and paleo is a great place to start.

Keto Blueberry Muffins by Wholesome Yum

Bullet Coffee

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Keto bullet coffee is one of the most popular keto breakfasts out there and it's my husband's personal favorite. When you want to do intermittent fasting and want to skip keto food for breakfast, this surprisingly delicious keto coffee drink is very tasty AND filling!

The added fats will keep you full all morning long, seriously! And at first adding butter and coconut to coffee sounded odd, but it's honestly super good! If I wasn't so obsessed with drinking a keto smoothie every morning, this would be my go-to breakfast.

Keto Bullet Coffee:

  • 12 oz hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Add the coconut oil and butter to your coffee, you can either stir until melted or add it to a blender cup.

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50 Easy Keto Recipes for Beginners (White Chicken Chili + more!)

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Get 50 of our most popular free low carb recipes that truly are the BSET easy keto recipes for beginners to the ketogenic diet. Be sure to print the recipe below for our popular low carb white chicken chili.


  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 15 oz jar green salsa
  • 2 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 4 oz mild green chilis
  • 1 Β½ cups chicken broth
  • ΒΌ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook the ground chicken until it's no longer pink. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the grease from the pan. Remove the cooked ground chicken and set it aside.
  3. Add the onion and cook until soft. Feel free to add more oil to the pan to cook the onions, if needed. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 more minute.
  4. Stir the green salsa, taco seasoning mix, diced green chilis, and chicken broth. Stir to combine. Heat until the white chicken chili is warm and starting to bubble.
  5. Add the cooked chicken back to the pot and simmer for 20+ minutes. Stir in the heavy whipping cream and Monterey jack cheese until the cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information

Yield 6Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 537Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 208mgSodium 1206mgCarbohydrates 9gNet Carbohydrates 7 net carbsgFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 47g

The nutrional information is just an estimate and was calculated by an automated calculator. If you're on a restricted health program please manually calculate this information using the brands of ingredients you have since brands can vary.

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