Carnivore Beef Stroganoff

Craving a rich, meaty meal that is easy to make and fits perfectly with a carnivore diet? This carnivore beef stroganoff is the answer. Made with just four simple whole food ingredients – ground beef, cream cheese, bone broth, and salt – it comes together in under 30 minutes.

This recipe puts a carnivore diet spin on a classic comfort food. While traditional stroganoff uses egg noodles or rice, this version skips the carbs. The result is a luscious, velvety sauce with melt-in-your-mouth beef. 

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As a nutrient-dense one-pan meal, this stroganoff recipe helps you meet your protein needs on a nose-to-tail carnivore eating plan. It incorporates both muscle meat and bone broth. The cream cheese adds a decadent, creamy twist. One serving also provides a solid dose of beneficial fat from the beef and dairy.

If you love stroganoff and want to make it work with a carnivore lifestyle, give this easy recipe a try. It comes together quickly, satisfies cravings, and provides key nutrients to support your health goals.

👍 Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Maximum Flavor– With just a few ingredients, this recipe packs a serious punch when it comes to flavor. The combination of browned ground beef, rich bone broth, and creamy cream cheese creates a stroganoff that is out-of-this-world tasty. Every single bite will have your tastebuds singing!

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Minimal Ingredients- You don’t need a mile-long list of ingredients or fancy kitchen tools to make this simple yet scrumptious stroganoff. With just 4 main ingredients, it comes together in a snap. Less shopping and prep makes this recipe a winner any night of the week!

Quick & Easy– With just 20 minutes from start to finish, this fuss-free recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. The short ingredient list and simple preparation means making this stroganoff is a cinch. More time to enjoy and less time cooking!

✨ Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (80/20 or 70/30)
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Beef Bone Broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt

👨‍🍳 How To Make

Follow this easy carnivore stroganoff recipe:

Step 1

Brown the meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to break up the clumps. The meat should be lightly browned.

Step 2

Pour in the bone broth, followed by the cream cheese and salt.

Step 3

Mix well and bring to a simmer. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the liquids have reduced. Serve and enjoy this tasty carnivore beef stroganoff.

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1. Brown the Beef Perfectly for Texture and Taste

Browning the ground beef properly is one of the most important steps. Make sure to break up the meat so there are no large clumps. Cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned all over and slightly crispy on the edges.

This caramelizes the natural sugars and adds tons of meaty flavor. Going past light brown makes the texture too tough.

2. Simmer the Sauce to Meld the Flavors

Once all the ingredients come together, let it simmer for 7-10 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld beautifully.

The broth, cheese, and browned beef bits create a luscious sauce. Simmering also thickens the liquid to coat each bite. Keep a close eye to prevent scorching on the bottom.

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3. Garnish with Fresh Herbs or Spices

Though simple, this stroganoff sees a boost of freshness from herbs (if you are not following a 100% strict carnivore diet).

Chives, parsley, dill, or other herbs brighten up the rich sauce. Cracked black pepper, paprika, or red pepper flakes also make tasty alternatives. Customize to your taste preferences.

4. Incorporating Cream Cheese Smoothly

Adding cream cheese to the stroganoff introduces creaminess and a slight tang that balances the richness of the meat and broth.

To ensure the cream cheese integrates smoothly into the sauce without clumping, consider softening it to room temperature before adding it to the skillet.

Cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces to help it melt more evenly and whisk constantly as you add it to the hot broth. 

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1. Smoky Carnivore Stroganoff– Mix 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika into the broth and cream cheese sauce. Use beef chorizo sausage instead of ground beef. Garnish with crispy bacon bits.

2. Chili-Cheese Stroganoff- Add 2 teaspoons chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the ground beef while browning to give it some heat. Use pepper jack cheese instead of regular cream cheese for a spicy, cheesy kick.

3. Cheesy Bacon Stroganoff- Mix 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese into the hot sauce until melted and creamy. Top with crumbled cooked bacon. For extra richness, drizzle with melted ghee.


This carnivore beef stroganoff can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for longer term storage.

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To freeze, allow the stroganoff to cool completely then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. Exclude any additional air and seal tightly. Label with the name and freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot and bubbling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use a different type of broth instead of beef bone broth?

While beef bone broth is recommended for its depth of flavor and nutritional benefits, you can substitute it with chicken broth. However, keep in mind that this will slightly alter the taste and richness of the stroganoff.

2. Do I need to use full fat cream cheese?

Full fat or regular cream cheese works best to balance out the broth and give the stroganoff a creamy texture. Low fat or fat-free cream cheese may not blend as well.

3. How can I thicken the stroganoff sauce without using flour or cornstarch?

The cream cheese in this recipe helps to thicken the sauce. However, if you desire a thicker consistency, you can let the stroganoff simmer for a few additional minutes to reduce the sauce further or add more cream cheese.

Ground Meat on Carnivore Diet

Ground beef has rightfully earned its place as the staple of the carnivore way of eating. This versatile, nutritious, and budget-friendly meat offers a powerhouse lineup of health and performance benefits. Here’s an in-depth look at what makes ground beef a carnivore superfood.

Nutrition Profile

Beef is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and ground beef is no exception. It provides a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids needed to build and repair tissues. The fat content enhances the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Ground beef is also packed with the minerals iron, zinc, selenium, as well as B-vitamins which support energy production.

The iron in ground beef is highly bioavailable, meaning it’s efficiently absorbed and utilized by the body. This makes it helpful for preventing iron-deficiency anemia. Ground beef’s rich zinc content also boosts immunity and wound healing. It’s no wonder steak and burgers make the ultimate comfort food when you’re under the weather!

Collagen and Gelatin

Another standout nutrient provided by ground beef is collagen. Collagen is gaining popularity for its anti-aging and joint-supporting properties. It also helps seal a leaky gut to reduce inflammation.

Ground beef’s connective tissue is cooked into gelatin, providing an ample dose of this unique protein. Gelatin offers similar digestive and skin benefits as collagen. For carnivores trying to maximize their collagen intake from nose-to-tail eating, ground beef hits the spot.

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Heart Health

The saturated fat and cholesterol contained in ground beef has been wrongly vilified. Research now confirms that saturated fats raise beneficial HDL cholesterol. They also change LDL particle type from small (atherogenic) to large, reducing heart disease risk.

Additionally, the natural trans fats in meat, called CLA, are linked to anti-inflammatory effects. Grass-fed ground beef contains 3-5 times more CLA than grain-fed. Overall, ground beef as part of a carnivore diet with limited processed carbs promotes optimal lipid profiles.

Muscle Growth and Testosterone

Athletes, bodybuilders and active folks benefit from ground beef’s complete protein and branched-chain amino acids. These proteins and amino acids offer an anabolic effect to boost muscle-protein synthesis. The iron, zinc and magnesium also support strength adaptations and hormonal balance.

For men struggling with low testosterone, ground beef’s wealth of muscle-building nutrients can help correct declining levels. The saturated fats and cholesterol provide direct substrates to produce testosterone and other sex hormones. Just another reason why your burger and steak cravings can easily be satisfied within a carnivore framework!

Everlasting Flavor and Variety

Besides its stellar nutrition, one of ground beef’s major attractions is its hearty taste and texture. Browns beautifully and cooks quickly. Mixes well with seasonings like salt, pepper and fresh herbs. It’s also budget-friendly, satisfying and easy.

From quick weeknight tacos, meatballs and chili…to Sunday burger cookouts and meatloaf comfort food…ground beef shines as the star ingredient in endless savory dishes. Topped with butter or cheese, spooned over low-carb veggies, or wrapped in lettuce leaves – the burger options never end!

Within a carnivore diet, ground beef provides flexibility for those transitioning from keto or paleo eating patterns. Meat patties, loafs, crumbles and more continue gracing your plate, but without the gluten grains or high-carb flours. Maintaining tasty comfort foods goes a long way when shifting to a zero-carb carnivore WOE.

Choosing Quality Ground Beef

Not all ground beef is created equal. For the best nutrition, taste and food safety, here are tips for choosing quality ground:

  • Select organic and 100% grass-fed whenever possible. This ensures healthier fat composition and more omega-3s. Grass-fed is also more environmentally sustainable.
  • Choose 80/20 or 70/30 lean-to-fat ratio for more satisfying flavor and texture. Go higher fat if doing keto. Too lean can dry out and won’t taste as savory.
  • Get ground beef from reputable local butchers and grocers. Ask your butcher about sourcing and their grinding practices. Ensure brisket or chuck cuts.
  • Look for a bright red color without graying or brown spots. Should not look overly mushy or smell funky. Freshness is key!

From the benefits to buying tips, it’s clear why ground beef deserves a regular spot in carnivore meal planning. Affordable, protein-packed, nutrient-dense and crazy versatile – ground meat fully supports a carnivorous lifestyle. While individual health conditions vary, ground beef can be enjoyed freely by most following an animal-food based approach.

I hope you enjoy this simple yet delicious carnivore beef stroganoff recipe. The combination of browned ground beef, bone broth, cream cheese, and salt makes for a hearty, comforting meal that fits right in with a carnivore or keto diet.

Be sure to check the website for more easy carnivore recipes you can make at home. Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions or modifications you made to this stroganoff. I’m always happy to discuss recipe ideas and provide tips where I can. Thanks for reading!

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Carnivore Beef Stroganoff
Easy carnivore stroganoff recipe! Rich, creamy, & delicious. Get the perfect comfort food with simple steps.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 227kcal
Cost: $15
  • 1 pound Ground Beef (80/20 or 70/30)
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Beef Bone Broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • Brown the meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to break up the clumps. The meat should be lightly browned.
  • Pour in the bone broth, followed by the cream cheese and salt.
  • Mix well and bring to a simmer. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the liquids have reduced. Serve and enjoy this tasty carnivore beef stroganoff.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword carnivore beef stroganoff, carnivore stroganoff


Serving: 3.5oz | Calories: 227kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g

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