Keto Beef Stroganoff with Cream Cheese | 1.5 Total Carbs

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If you are looking for an easy and quick keto comfort food this homemade ground beef stroganoff is for you.

It is easy to make as you can cook everything in one pan. No need to cook noodles. Also no need to dice up a steak as this recipe uses ground beef.

Ground Beef Stroganoff on a bed of pork rinds.

Ingredient Substitutions

I used 80/20 ground beef in this, however you can use whatever percent you like best. 

The reason for choosing cream cheese instead of sour cream is to save on some carbs. The end result is just as great. However, you can still use sour cream in this one pan dish if you want.

By doing this, it also helped me avoid needing any thickening agent like xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a perfectly fine ingredient, but it can bother some people when they consume it.

If you want to use a whole onion instead of onion powder, you can do this. I would maybe dice up about 2 to 4 tablespoons of a white onion and saute it in the 1st step. I choose to use onion powder to save on carbs and to help from not having to buy a full onion, that you may or may not finish

If you don’t have minced garlic, you could also use powdered garlic too. I would start with ⅛ of a teaspoon and adjust to your flavor preference. I like to buy the jars of already minced garlic to make my life easier and it keeps long in the fridge.

All of the other ingredients are hard to replace as they really help get the flavor just right.

Dairy Free

This recipe easily can be dairy free. Kit Hill is a company with dairy free options and cream cheese happens to be one of them. 

If you want to make this stroganoff recipe dairy-free, use 33 grams of this recipe in place of the dairy cream cheese. 

Noodle Options

There are many options you have available to use instead of noodles. Such veggie options would be to serve the mixture over cauliflower rice, zoodles (which are zucchini noodles), cabbage or even green beans.

Another option is to use miracle noodles.

However, my favorite is to use a snack food that has zero net carbs, in fact it has zero carbs. Pork rinds! It’s not exactly the same dish, but I absolutely love it this way now. 


Below I have photos to show you main parts of the cooking processes.

You first want to melt the butter then add in the onion, garlic, and mushrooms over medium to low heat.

Lastly, the cream cheese and beef broth get added. This recipe doesn’t use sour cream as a way to save on net carbs. This is also the reason why I decided not to use cauliflower rice.

These photos are the main steps in cooking the ground beef stroganoff.


Can you freeze low carb beef stroganoff?

Yes you can. However, I would cook everything but the cream cheese. Then when you are ready to enjoy your meal, reheat it on the stove top and add in the cream cheese over medium heat.

How many carbs does this keto beef stroganoff have?

I have seen a variety of ranges from 3 to 4 net carbs. However, my recipe only has 1.5 total carbs.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes it is! You just have to make sure the brand of worchestire sauce is gluten free. Read those labels.

What can you substitute for sour cream in beef stroganoff?

Instead of using sour cream in beef stroganoff you can use cream cheese or even yogurt. Two Good Yogurt has a great plain keto yogurt you can use. If using yogurt in this recipe I would use 1/4 cup. This recipe uses 4 oz of cream cheese instead of sour cream.

Additional Recipes to Enjoy

4 Servings

Cook Time:
20 minutes

Total Time:
20 minutes

Enjoy this quick beef stroganoff while on a ketogenic diet. It’s the lowest recipe in carbs and still has all the flavors as your classic stroganoff.


  • 1/2 t minced garlic (I used the kind from the jar)
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/4 C beef broth
  • 1 t worchestire sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese (or 132 g of Kite Hill Cream Cheese)
  • 4 oz mushrooms
  • 16 oz 80/20 Ground Beef


  1. Add the butter, onion powder, mushrooms, and garlic to a sauce pan on medium to low heat until garlic starts to turn brown. 
  2. Add in the ground beef, salt, worchestire sauce until the beef has fully cooked
  3. Lastly, add in the beef broth and cream cheese. Mix until the cream cheese has melted and is fully mixed in.


Please see post for additional questions and substitutions. For example you can make this dairy free.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 490Total Fat: 44gCarbohydrates: 1.5gProtein: 22g

Keto Sausage Gravy Recipe: Quick & Easy

Are you looking for a hearty and satisfying low-carb breakfast that’s easy to make? Look no further than this delicious and Easy Keto Sausage Gravy Recipe! Made with creamy ingredients like heavy whipping cream and cream cheese, then flavored with savory breakfast sausage, this gravy is the perfect way to start your day!


BEST Keto Sausage Gravy Recipe

After receiving numerous requests for a keto-friendly sausage gravy recipe, I finally gave in and decided to whip up a batch. I knew I wanted to create a low-carb gravy that was both creamy and delicious, that would make a quick and filling breakfast. It took some trial and error to perfect, but I’m thrilled with how this keto sausage gravy turned out with just a few simple ingredients. And for those missing a traditional Southern breakfast, fear not – this gravy can also be served over keto biscuits.

I’ve got you covered for those who might miss their favorite biscuits and gravy recipe. Make my delicious low-carb biscuits for mouthwatering Keto Biscuits and Sausage.

Is Gravy High in Carbs?

Traditional gravy is higher in carbs since it uses white flour as a thickening agent, but this recipe for Easy Chaffles and Keto Sausage Gravy has no flour in it, so the carb count is minimal.

What is Keto Sausage Gravy?

It’s simply a low-carb version of a Southern classic. This delicious gravy is made with breakfast sausage, chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and onion powder (optional).

How many net carbs in Keto Sausage Breakfast Gravy?

This recipe makes two servings. There is 1 gram of net carbs in each serving.

Ingredients for Keto Sausage Gravy:

Breakfast Sausage – This provides the primary source of protein for the gravy and adds a delicious, savory flavor.

Chicken Broth adds moisture to the gravy and helps to thin it out to a desirable consistency.

Heavy Whipping Cream – This provides a rich, creamy base for the gravy and helps to thicken it up.

Cream Cheese – This adds tanginess and creaminess to the gravy.

Garlic Powder adds a subtle garlic flavor to the gravy, enhancing the overall taste.

Pepper – This adds flavor and enhances the other ingredients.

Onion Powder (Optional) – This can add a subtle onion flavor to the gravy.

Is it Gluten-Free?

Since this recipe doesn’t use traditional flour, it’s an excellent option for those who eat gluten-free. However, it’s always important to double-check the ingredients’ labels just to be safe.

As a mom with a child with severe food allergies, I know the importance of carefully reading labels. Sometimes, even foods we think are safe can have hidden sources of gluten, so check the labels of each ingredient you use, as brands may vary.

How to Make Keto Sausage Gravy

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the complete list of ingredients, detailed instructions, and printable recipe card.

Step 1: In a large skillet, brown and drain 1/4 lb of pork sausage. I made sausage patties out of the rest of the sausage to enjoy later.

Step 2: Add chicken broth, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, and spices to the skillet with the breakfast sausage and bring it to a boil.

Step 3: To thicken that delicious gravy, reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer away.

Pro-tip: don’t cover it up, as uncovered simmering helps to reduce the liquid faster. Keep an eye on it, as the gravy slowly thickens to perfection. Before you know it, you’ll enjoy a low-carb, keto-friendly sausage gravy perfect for pouring over your chaffles.

How to Thicken Keto Sausage Gravy

This keto sausage gravy recipe uses cream cheese and heavy cream to thicken the gravy instead of coconut flour or almond flour, which can make it grainy. I’ve included two different options below to reduce the gravy.

On the stove: The key to thickening is to simmer on the stove until it reduces. If the gravy is too thin, keep simmering. As the gravy cools, it will naturally continue to thicken even more.

Xanthan Gum: If you like your gravy extra thick, or don’t want to wait for it to reduce on the stove, a small amount of xanthan gum can also be added. Start by sprinkling 1/4 tsp, the gravy will begin to thicken. If it doesn’t thicken right away be patient, as adding too much xanthan gum will make it slimey. With this recipe, you can enjoy a delicious and satisfying gravy without compromising your low-carb lifestyle.

What about Keto friendly Biscuits & Gravy?

You can enjoy delicious biscuits and gravy while eating low-carb. This gravy recipe pairs perfectiy with my southern keto biscuit recipe.

Recipe Tips

  1. Use high-quality sausage – I prefer spicy breakfast sausage to add extra flavor to the gravy.
  2. Don’t overcook the sausage – It’s essential to cook it until it’s browned so it doesn’t become dry and tough.
  3. Room Temperature – Let the cream cheese and heavy cream come to room temperature before adding them to the skillet. This will help them mix smoothly and prevent lumps in the gravy.
  4. Use a whisk to stir the gravy – Whisking the gravy helps break up any lumps and creates a smooth and creamy texture.
  5. Simmer Until: The gravy doesn’t reduce and thicken right away. It takes some patience, and it might feel like you’ve been watching grass grow, but it will thicken.
  6. Adjust the seasoning to taste – You can adjust the salt and pepper to your liking and even add some herbs like thyme or rosemary for extra flavor.

Variations for this low-Carb breakfast Gravy Recipe

Looking to mix things up with this keto sausage gravy recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • Spicy sausage gravy: Swap out the mild breakfast sausage for spicy sausage to add some heat to your gravy.
  • Bacon gravy: Use crumbled bacon instead of sausage for a delicious bacon gravy.

Hype up the Seasonings: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a kick. This is my husband’s favorite way to enjoy this recipe.

How Can I Make It Dairy-Free?

You can make a dairy-free keto sausage gravy with two easy swaps. Use coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream and dairy-free cream cheese.

What to Serve with Keto Sausage Gravy?

While I feel like either of the above options is a meal, a few fresh berries, scrambled eggs, sliced avocados, and bacon are great delicious low-carb sides.

How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Keto Gravy

When storing this keto sausage gravy, I recommend transferring it to an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator. It should last for up to 3-4 days.

If you want to freeze it, let it cool down completely and transfer it to a freezer-safe container. It will last in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

When you’re ready to reheat the gravy, you can do so in the microwave or stovetop. If using the microwave, heat it in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until it’s heated through. If using the stovetop, heat the gravy in a saucepan over low-medium heat, occasionally stirring until it’s heated through. If the gravy is too thick after reheating, add a splash of heavy cream or water to thin it out to your desired consistency.

Quick & Easy Keto Sausage Gravy Recipe

This low-carb keto sausage gravy is the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch menu. Made with cream cheese and heavy cream, it’s thick, flavorful, and perfect for drizzling over chaffles or biscuits.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Course: bread, Breakfast

Cuisine: American, casual

Keyword: Keto Sausage Gravy, Low Carb Sausage Gravy

Servings: 2

Calories: 155kcal

  • 1/4 cup breakfast sausage, browned
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp cream cheese, softened
  • a dash of garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • a dash of onion powder (optional)
  • First, plug in your Dash Mini Waffle Maker and let it heat up while you gather your ingredients. Once ready, lightly grease the grates or use cooking spray to prevent sticking.

  • In a small bowl, mix an egg, grated mozzarella cheese, coconut flour, water, baking powder, and a pinch of salt until well combined. This will be the base for your chaffles.

  • Pour half of the batter onto the waffle maker, close the lid, and cook for about 4 minutes until the chaffle is crispy and golden brown. Repeat the same process to make the second chaffle, and set both aside to crisp up.

  • Now, let’s move on to the keto sausage gravy! First, brown some breakfast sausage and set aside 1/4 cup for this recipe. You can use the rest to make sausage patties for later.

  • Add the browned sausage, chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and onion powder (optional), in the same skillet and stir continuously until it boils. Then, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook down with the lid off for about 5-7 minutes. If you like your gravy super thick, add a bit of Xanthan Gum, but be patient, as the gravy will thicken naturally over time.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste and spoon the keto sausage gravy over the chaffles. Now, it’s time to enjoy this delicious and satisfying breakfast!

Serving: 1g | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 95mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg