Baked Southwest Skillet with Chipotle Cream - Keto and Low Carb
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Baked Southwest Skillet with Chipotle Cream - Keto and Low Carb

A one pot southwest inspired meal that is loaded with flavor and served with a chipotle cream drizzled over the top!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Keto Cooking Christian


  • 1 pound ground beef I use 85%
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice
  • 5 ears of baby corn chopped (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper minced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 smoked chipotle pepper in the can chopped
  • 2/3 cup tomatoes I used Campari, quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock  see my homemade chicken stock recipe here
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Chipotle Cream

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 smoked chipotle pepper in the can chopped, with 1 teaspoon of the juice
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice

Optional Garnish:

  • Scallions thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro chopped
  • Avocado


  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Heat a large oven-safe skillet to medium and add in the ground beef.  Cook until browned, then remove and set aside.  Add in the olive oil, red pepper, jalapeño pepper, onions, salt and pepper, then sauté for a few minutes.  
  • Add in the garlic and sauté for another 20 seconds. Add in the cumin, smoked paprika, chipotle pepper and allow to toast for 15 seconds. Add in the stock and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add the cauliflower rice and ground beef back in and mix. Stir in the baby corn, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and zest.  Mix in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Top with the remaining cheddar cheese and bake for 25 minutes.  Then increase the temperature to 450F and bake an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is slightly golden.
  • While the casserole is baking, mix the sour cream, chipotle pepper and lime juice.  Serve with a dollop over the top of each plate, along with sliced scallions, chopped fresh cilantro and/or avocado.


Baby corn is prematurely harvested before it’s pollinated, and doesn’t have nearly as many carbs or sugar as adult corn and has a lot more fiber!  Baby corn has only 4 net carbs for the 5 ears used in this entire recipe.  The baby corn is optional, so you can certainly omit it and still have a great tasting casserole!


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g