Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée

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As most experienced keto-dieters know, not everything low in carbs can be eaten daily or in unlimited amounts. Although I really like low-carb pancakes and other low-carb "sweets", I only eat them occasionally. The truth is that in most cases, eating low-carb treats such as muffins, sweet breads or cheesecakes causes more cravings and weight stalling. This is something I can confirm from my personal experience: Once you go low-carb, you have to be willing to give up sweets. If you are maintaining a healthy weight, you can reward yourself with a sweet treat every now and then.

There are some treats like Chocolate Coconut Candies, aka "fat bombs", that you can have more frequently. In fact, the fat content in these can help you lose weight. Just don't overdo it and make sure you track the amount of macronutrients you consume each day.

This recipe is a perfect example of what I eat most days. It's a combination of typical staple low-carb / paleo food: grass-fed beef and butter, bacon and pumpkin. It's grain, dairy, nut and egg-free and it's rich in heart-healthy potassium which is often deficient in low-carb diets.

Although this is not "zero-carb" meal, it's low enough for most people on a low-carb diet. To keep the carbs low, I used my own garlic ghee instead of using whole garlic!

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs8 grams
Protein43.2 grams
Fat61 grams
Calories763 kcal

Calories from carbs 4%, protein 23%, fat 73%

Total carbs9.4 gramsFiber1.4 gramsSugars3.7 gramsSaturated fat25.1 gramsSodium801 mg(35% RDA)Magnesium62 mg(16% RDA)Potassium1,170 mg(59% EMR)

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 800 g beef, minced, grass-fed (1.76 lb/ 28.2 oz)
  • 500 g pumpkin (1.1 lb/ 17.6 oz)
  • 250 g bacon, organic (8.8 oz)
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp ghee or butter (I used my garlic ghee)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I used pink Himalayan)


  1. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds.
    Note: I used Hokkaido pumpkin in this recipe. You can use any winter squash you like, just be aware of the different carbs content (e.g. butternut squash has almost twice the amount of carbs as Hokkaido). You can keep the seeds and use them for roasting. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  2. Place the beef into a bowl and keep at room temperature while you prepare the pumpkin. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  3. Peel and dice the pumpkin into small cubes.
    Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  4. Transfer to a pan greased with 2 tablespoons of ghee (or butter) and briefly roast from all sides. Season with salt and cover with a lid. Stir once or twice to prevent burning and cook for about 10 minutes on low-medium heat. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  5. Meanwhile, slice the bacon into thin stripes and roast on a pan until brown. When done, set aside. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  6. Mix the beef with the spices (paprika, cayenne pepper and black pepper) and season with salt. Place in another pan greased with 1 tablespoon of butter (or ghee) and cook until brown while sirring frequently. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  7. When done, add the crisped up bacon. Remove from the heat and mix in freshly chopped parsley. Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée
  8. Add sautéed pumpkin and and combine well. Place on a serving plate, garnish with more parsley and enjoy! Keto Pumpkin & Beef Sautée

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g34.3 g40 g508 kcal
Pumpkin, fresh
7.5 g1.3 g0.1 g33 kcal
Bacon (organic)
0 g7.3 g9.4 g113 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
0 g0 g11.3 g102 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.3 g0.2 g0.2 g5 kcal
Pepper, cayenne, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
8 g43.2 g61 g763 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (8)

In your note above, you say, "Note: I used Hokkaido pumpkin in this recipe. You can use any winter squash you like, just be aware of the different carbs content (e.g. butternut squash has almost twice the amount of carbs as Hokkaido). You can keep the seeds and use them for roasting."
Where can I find a listing of the carbs in different squashes?


Hi Elise, there is more info in this post (see the end of it): Homemade Pumpkin Purée Hope this helps!


Thanks so much for this recipe! I was looking for savory pumpkin recipes that fit in w my paleo diet and this fit the bill! I didn't have bacon, so I Carmelized some onions for extra flavor. Delish!!!


Thank you Susan! I'm glad you enjoyed it 😊


I'm totally making this with the fried runny egg! Thanks 😊


Thank you Suzzie!


I made a similar hash the other week and it was amazing! I love the squash-ground meat combo. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you Gabi! Nice blog by the way, added to my RSS feed 😊