Keto Philly Cheesesteak


A quick, budget friendly way to enjoy Philly Cheesesteaks

Keto Philly Cheesesteak is a fast and easy weeknight meal that's perfect for busy families. It differs from a traditional Philly cheesesteak in that it uses ground beef which is easier to find and less expensive than steak. It’s ready in less than 15 minutes and is a great way to serve all your family members a meal everyone will love.

This philly cheesesteak recipe can be served over these hamburger buns or these hot dog buns or you could just enjoy it bunless and serve this cheesy keto ground beef dinner in a bowl.

close up of melted american cheese on top of ground beef cheesesteak inside a bun

They’re great for meal prep because there are only a few steps that you can easily do before heading out to work in the morning. They fit wonderfully into a keto diet because they’re low-carb, and you have the option of using a keto-friendly bun or opting out. You would even customize these keto philly cheesesteak sandwiches by removing some or all of the bell pepper and onions or using all provolone cheese instead of American. This will lower the carb count to fit your daily goal.

This easy meal has the flavors of your favorite sandwich but is adapted to fit into your lifestyle. You can also turn it into a keto casserole recipe by pouring the beef mixture into a baking dish, topping with sliced provolone cheese in a single layer, and baking until golden brown and bubbly.

How to make keto philly cheesesteak sandwiches

There are only a few steps to make this easy skillet dinner.

  1. Heat avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add ground beef and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Stir in seasoning and continue to cook until beef is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in green bell pepper and onion. Cook until slightly softened.
  4. Lower the heat to low-medium. Top with American cheese and provolone cheese. Cover.
  5. Stir the melted cheese into the ground beef.
  6. Serve by itself or over a toasted low carb bun.

ground beef philly cheesesteak sandwiches with a toasted bun

Key ingredients

These simple ingredients can be found at your local grocery store.

  • Avocado oil: Avocado oil is very healthy and has a high smoke point. You can also use olive oil if you prefer.
  • Ground beef: Ground beef is easily accessible and doesn’t require any extra steps. Feel free to substitute with ground chicken, ground turkey or even thinly sliced sirloin steak if you have it.
  • Salt: Kosher salt is free from additives to prevent caking and is considered the best option for cooking.
  • Garlic powder: A little garlic powder adds seasoning to the dish. Freshly minced garlic can be used as well.
  • Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper is a must when cooking cheesesteak.
  • Green bell peppers: Thinly slice the bell peppers, so they cook evenly with the beef and onions. Or chopped them up into cubes so your kids have no choice but to eat them.
  • Yellow onion: Yellow onions have the lowest overall carbohydrate total. Thinly slice onion or finely chop so your kids can’t tell they are in there.
  • American cheese: American cheese does have carbs, so it can be omitted, or you can use all provolone cheese. But it does give a delicious cheesy, gooey flavor.
  • Provolone cheese: Provolone is an excellent option because of its meltiness. You can also use mozzarella cheese.

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Recipe Video

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Keto Philly Cheesesteak Skillet Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 3 slices provolone cheese
  • keto bun, optional

Keto Philly Cheesesteak Directions

  • Keto Philly Cheesesteak
  • cheesy, gooey philly cheesesteak with peppers and onions in a toasted bun


    Here are some tips and tricks you can use to make this easy dinner recipe your very own.

    • Vegetables can be omitted for a lower carb option.
    • Use other vegetables like mushrooms, garlic, asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, green beans, or broccoli, depending on your preferences.
    • Make it into a casserole and bake it in the oven with cream cheese, cauliflower rice, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce to make keto philly cheesesteak casserole.
    • Use other meat like ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork, thinly sliced steak (like sirloin, ribeye or flank steak), or thinly sliced chicken.
    • Can use a low carb tortilla instead of a bun.
    • Use a lettuce wrap for a hand-held meal without the added carbs.
    two philly cheesesteak sandwiches stacked on top each other

    Low carb bun options

    Besides making your own keto buns, here are some delicious low carb buns that you can buy from online retailers to eat with this quick meal.



    What to serve with keto philly cheesesteak

    Serve this Philly cheesesteak skillet with side dishes like bacon wrapped brussel sprout kebabs, avocado cucumber salad, or with these keto bread rolls.

    You can also pair it with dessert like keto lemon bars, keto raspberry crumble, or almond flour chocolate chip cookies.

    Storage information

    Refrigerate: Store this leftover low carb meal in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

    Reheat: Reheat enough for one person or your whole family in the microwave in 30-second increments until warm all the way through.

    Freeze: This is a great dish to freeze. You can make an extra batch or freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

    Put the meat mixture in the refrigerator to thaw overnight or heat it up in the microwave, stirring every couple of minutes, until it’s hot all the way through.

    Scoop it onto a low-carb bun or eat it with a fork in a bowl.

    Keto Philly Cheesesteak: FAQS

    What is usually on a philly cheesesteak sandwich?

    This classic sandwich is traditionally served with shaved steak or roast beef, green peppers, sliced onions, covered in cheese, and served on a hoagie roll.

    Is Philly cheesesteak actually steak?

    Some versions of the recipe use steak, but this one uses ground beef because it's more affordable and easier to use.

    How many carbs are in a keto cheesesteak?

    This depends on the ingredients you use, but, on average, is around 9 grams of carbs.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Philly Cheesesteak

    Servings: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 565
    Fat 45.3g
    Protein 34.3g
    Total Carbs 3.9g
    Net Carbs 3.5g

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    1. This was amazing using ground beef. Usually I ask the meat counter to slice meet thin for philly cheesesteak – but this is a great alternative and I love that I can make it keto. My kids ate it up.

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