As much as we tout the trendy keto diet—which, as you know by now, is a low-carb regimen that relies on high-fat foods for energy—we also know that it can be quite the adjustment. From figuring out which ingredients have to be booted or modified to allowing your body to adjust to an existence without carbs, the keto diet takes time to work into your daily routine. None of this is necessarily easy, and it only gets more complicated when you consider the outside stressors of work, relationships, and other responsibilities.
For the days that you want to toss up your hands on this whole keto diet thing, let us recommend a simple trick: a slow cooker. We found 10 keto crockpot recipes that you can eat on the keto diet, from hearty stews and soups to a delectable wrap and casserole, which take only a few minutes to put together. In fact, there’s even one recipe for lemon chicken that asks for all of four ingredients. We think that the “set it and forget it” philosophy behind these options will help you stay on the keto diet track while also giving you all the skills you need to master the simple thrills of a slow cooker. And do you want to know a bonus feature? Most of these leftovers will taste even better than the original meal.
So go ahead and take a look at these keto crockpot recipes—we know there will come a day when you need them.
Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Egg Casserole
What We Love: Heidi Larsen from Foodie Crush recommends cooking this meal overnight so that it’s ready for you first thing in the morning. And what a meal to start the day—it includes thick slices of prosciutto layered with sliced cremini mushrooms and chopped red peppers, to name a few.
Helpful Tip: “When it’s done, I pull it from the slow cooker and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing into servings,” she says. “Then I garnish it with basil leaves and voilà! Breakfast is served.”
Easy Homemade Crockpot Vegetable Soup
What We Love: Given that cooler weather is on the horizon, we can’t wait to try this recipe from Food Faith Fitness when we need to get warm. It’s packed with sliced carrots, cubed butternut squash, and halved zucchini in a chicken broth mixed with plenty of spices.
Helpful Tip: “Wrap the garlic tightly in tin foil and place into the center of the soup,” notes Taylor Kiser.
Crockpot Paleo Chili
What We Love: When you would like nothing more than a steaming bowl of chili for lunch or dinner, we suggest trying this recipe from The Modern Proper. It has two pounds of roast and a pound of ground beef mixed with bell peppers, zucchini, green chilis, and fire-roasted tomatoes in a broth of beef stock and spices.
Helpful Tip: “Brown all sides of the meat, working in small batches, and then set aside,” says Natalie Mortimer. “This step can be omitted, but we feel it contributes to the wonderful texture of the meat.”
Slow Cooker Keto Beef Stew
What We Love: This keto beef stew recipe from Root and Revel is exactly the type of dinner you want to eat during a cozy night in. It features organic beef and dry red wine, mixed wild mushrooms and sliced carrots, as well as diced tomatoes and onion. Nothing wrong with that.
Helpful Tip: “Instead of using true bone broth, I make my own right in the pot as the stew cooks by adding two marrow bones and four cups of water,” says Kate Kordsmeier. “But if you can’t find marrow bones, you can always add four cups of beef bone broth instead.”
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken With Zucchini Noodles
What We Love: This light, colorful, and downright delicious meal from Food Faith Fitness is an easy way to get all the nutrients you need for dinner. A chicken breast is mixed with chopped large tomatoes and Italian seasoning, while zucchini is spiralized and mixed with pesto.
Helpful Tip: “Spread the zucchini noodles onto a large piece of paper towel and pat out as much excess moisture as you can,” Kiser notes. “Then place them into a large bowl and toss to coat evenly with the pesto.”
Slow Cooker Short Ribs With Kimchi
What We Love: Pickled Plum is behind this finger-licking dinner, which includes Korean flavors like chopped kimchi, ginger, and chili flakes in a beef broth filled with chopped onions and carrots. Spend 10 minutes placing the ingredients into a slow cooker, and then patiently await its arrival.
Helpful Tip: “This is a pretty filling dish, so if you want to serve it with something else on the side, I recommend going lighter with dishes such as easy cucumber kimchi, daikon miso soup, or kabocha squash simmered in dashi broth,” notes Caroline Phelps.
Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
What We Love: Food Faith Fitness has this recipe for Asian chicken lettuce wraps ready to go, and we’re just as surprised as Kiser that it can be made in a crockpot. Ground chicken, cauliflower, red bell pepper, and green onion are garnished with peanuts and cilantro for a flavorful bite.
Helpful Tip: “I like to use either butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce to make these slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce wraps,” she adds. “Butter lettuce is much easier to fill and fold, but iceberg adds a nice pop of crispness.”
Homemade Chicken Bone Broth
What We Love: Kordsmeier from Root and Revel is serving up tips on how to make homemade beef broth, which is done by roasting chicken stuffed with aromatics like sage, thyme, and garlic.
Helpful Tip: “You can use bone broth the same way you’d use stock-in-a-box or other store-bought broths: in soups and sauces, to braise veggies or baste meats, and to cook rice,” she says. “Or you can just pour yourself a mugful of good old-fashioned bone broth, drink it straight, and let the healing begin.”
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
What We Love: It takes all of 10 minutes to prep this savory recipe from Pickled Plum, which includes chopped carrots, celery, zucchini, bell peppers, and green beans alongside spoonfuls of chicken. Minced garlic and an optional splash of soy sauce add extra flavor too.
Helpful Tip: “As you can see in the ingredients list, I’m literally using the bare minimum to flavor it,” says Phelps. “The secret is in the slow cooking method—something happens to the chicken where it becomes so tender that it almost melts in your mouth.”
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
What We Love: Why not make a lovely lemon chicken in a slow cooker? That’s the premise behind this recipe from Melanie Makes, which features the star ingredient mixed with melted butter, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and Italian salad dressing. File it under “easy but impressive” meals.
Helpful Tip: “Obviously, as soon as your slow cooker timer beeps when cooking has finished, you’re ready for mealtime!” she says. “Or if you want to dress things up, I love adding slices of lemon and some chopped fresh parsley, as well as some cracked black pepper.”
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew
What We Love: Melanie Makes also can whip up an impressive Mediterranean beef stew, using a combination of irresistible ingredients like baby portobello, chopped onion, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, and beef stew meat in a rich broth.
Helpful Tip: “Each bowl of this rich and hearty stew is then sprinkled with fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese, which helps to brighten the flavors as well as to really up the flavor ante,” she says.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Gyro Bowls
What We Love: And we can’t move on from Melanie Makes without also mentioning this recipe for pork gyro bowls, made with the likes of boneless pork shoulder, arugula, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. You’ll want this for lunch every single day.
Helpful Tip: “Top the bowl with tzatziki sauce, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped parsley prior to enjoying,” she says. “Serve pita bread alongside it too.”