Buttery Beef Casserole with Dumplings

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My buttery beef casserole is surprising delicious considering it was created originally with no testing at all done.

I had a simple request to convert a recipe from a Coles (supermarket) magazine from one of 365 members.

While the recipe in question wasn’t keto, it also wasn’t quite like this one but it inspired me to put a few simple ingredients together to create an easy and delicious beef slow cooker meal that is worth the wait.

Some of the 365’ers starting testing it out telling me how good it was. I don’t usually give out untested recipes but in my opinion not much can go wrong with a beef casserole dish.  Cook as long as you need to get the beef to become soft and tender and unctuous.  As many slow cookers are of varying temperatures, and meat is different depending on the cut of beef and the actual beast as well, just extend the time as needed to achieve soft and tender meat.

Mad Creations Buttery Beef Casserole with Cheese and Bacon Dumplings #ketomeal #ketodiet

Thanks Christine Russell for testing the recipe and air frying the dumplings. Christine’s pic above

Choice of Slow-Cooker

I use a Kitchenaid Multi Cooker as my slow cooker of choice.  It is great in the way I can use it to sear the beef and then turn it down to slow cook straight after.  I cooked mine on slow at 80℃ for the first 4 hours then turned it up to slow at 95℃, before finishing it off at 100℃ for the last hour.  You don’t have to adjust yours at all but just allow plenty of time to cook this to get that meat beautiful and tender.

Beef Casserole


You will see that I have used Nutraorganics Collagen in this recipe.  I like to add collagen as a natural gluten free thickening agent where I can.  If your gravy needs additional thickening at the end add another scoop of collagen to some hot liquid and add stirring into casserole.

Collagen is fabulous for overall health, especially when following the keto diet.  It is proven to help

  • joint pain
  • reduce hair loss
  • strengthen nails
  • improve metabolism
  • prevent skin dryness and wrinkles
  • improve muscle mass
  • decrease bone degeneration
  • help leaky gut
  • protect cardiovascular health
  • benefit liver health and function

Serving suggestions

This is delicious served with some Daily Keto Bread and butter, cauliflower dumplings, or even with some grated cheese and sour cream.  So good!

I hope you love this recipe, I certainly did.

xo Megan

Beef Casserole


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Slow Cooker Buttery Beef Casserole

A delicious slow cooked stew that everyone will enjo
5 from 8 votes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Australian Keto
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 696kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 6 serves
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  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 800 g gravy beef or chuck steak cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 60 g grass fed butter
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 celery sticks finely diced
  • 4 radishes sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed and sliced thinly
  • 200 g Swiss brown mushrooms sliced into quarters
  • 6 bacon rashers sliced into batons
  • 1 chorizo sausage diced
  • 1 scoop beef gelatin or beef collagen
  • 250 ml beef bone broth
  • 200 ml hot coffee if using coffee pods also add coffee grounds
  • 60 g tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste




  • 50 g crushed pork rinds

oil for frying (this can be done in an Airfryer as well) use high temp oil like coconut or lard


    • Season beef with paprika
    • Over medium heat fry off beef in olive oil and butter until beef is lightly browned all sides.
    • Transfer to slow cooker and add rest of ingredients
    • Slow cook 7+ hours until sauce thicken and beef is super tender. Extend time until beef has become tender and breaks down with a spoon.


    • Mix all dumpling mixture together.
    • Scoop with cookie scoop and roll into 6 golf ball size dumplings.
    • Roll in seasoned protein flour and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
    • Fry for 1 minute or so until golden and remove and drain.


    • Cook in 2 batches on baking paper for 7 minutes at 200℃
    • Serve dumplings on top of casserole.


    1 serving of the Buttery Beef without dumplings yields the following macros
    522kcal | 40g Fat | 34g Protein | Carbs 5g | Fibre 1g | Net Carbs 4g |
    This can be topped with some delicious cauliflower and bacon dumplings closer to the end of cooking time, or top with cheese and bacon.
    Collagen is used in this recipe  as both a healthy supplement and a gluten free thickening agent.
    This recipe is suited to freeze in individual portions.

    Your Own Notes


    Serving: 1serve (complete with 1 dumpling) | Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 1930mg | Potassium: 1042mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 4.5mg | Net Carbs: 7g
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    • lisa k says:

      I am going to give this one ago. I also am curious if the Great Lakes gelatin might work as I don’t have the collagen you recommend at the moment (but will look to get some).

      Thanks Megan!

    • Robs says:

      Hi, do you try the dumplings or air fry them, or both? Also, I might have missed it elsewhere on your site but which whey protein do you recommend? I’m not planning to use it for much, so don’t want to get one of those giant tubs from thw pharmacy! Thanks!

    • Robs says:

      Hi, do you fry the dumplings or air fry them, or both? Also, I might have missed it elsewhere on your site but which whey protein do you recommend? I’m not planning to use it for much, so don’t want to get one of those giant tubs from thw pharmacy! Thanks!

      • Megan says:

        You can do either fry or air fry the choice is yours. The protein powder I use is only a 500g (I think) it is Isopure from iherb.

    • Christine R says:

      5 stars
      Cannot say enough how much I love this recipe. The whole family loved it, it freezes & reheats really well, it’s essy & super tasty.

    • Rachael says:

      Nom nom nom

    • Jenni French says:

      5 stars
      Love this casserole! I do it in the slow cooker so it’s super easy. I haven’t made the dumplings yet, but have made it into a pie with fathead dough as the pastry. Super delicious and perfect for winter.

    • Jan says:

      Oh my! I think this is the best casserole I have ever had. I even drank the juices from my bowl. The dumplings were well with taking an antihistamine for. Thank you Megan xx

    • Kym S says:

      5 stars
      Oh my… delicious and nourishing… goodness! The enticing aroma from the slow cooker had hubby coming into the kitchen saying, “Something smells good in here”, lol. We loved your tasty, buttery, beef casserole and will make it again and again.

    • Donna Kirkham says:

      Hi Megan. Which book has the beef casserole recipe in and the cauliflower salad? Are all these recipes in one particular book? Also the cauliflower recipe you talk about boiling the eggs but don’t state how many eggs are required? All the sounds great so would love the book. I have Keto Eats. Thanks Megan.

      • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

        Hi Donna, they are in the new book The Healthy Family Keto Cookbook. If you scroll to the recipe card it does tell you two eggs in the salad. I hope you are enjoying all the recipes.

    • Carla Bligh says:

      Could this be done in a pressure cooker? I have a Tefal Cook4me

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