Southwest Paleo Casserole Recipe

Tanya Schroeder | Lemons for Lulu

This Southwest Paleo Casserole is loaded with veggies AND flavor. Two kinds of meat and lots of spices make this casserole family-pleasing!

I'll be honest, it was really hard trying to make a casserole without any cheese. But I knew if I wanted my dish to truly be a paleo casserole, then dairy was not an option.

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But.... gosh, cheese. Cheese is the great unifier, it literally and figuratively binds us together.

Casseroles like this easy gnocchi recipe or white chicken lasagna are pasta-based meals that my family calls comfort food. Gooey cheese-filled dishes held the keys to our hearts and nothing else could come as close.

Then I made this paleo casserole and everything changed.

Turns out that cheese isn't the pathway to our hearts, it's FLAVOR! This casserole has a lot of flavor for sure!

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The base of the casserole is fresh zucchini noodles that I purchased (I have not yet invested in a spiralizer). Feel free to make your own, and my only advice is whether you use store-bought or fresh zucchini noodles, be sure to drain the noodles completely so that you do not end up with a watery mess. Zucchinis have quite a bit of moisture.

The sauce for this paleo casserole consists of ground beef and ground and crumbled Italian sausage. Yes, I know this is more of a southwestern dish, but the Italian sausage adds a little zest to the sauce with minimal effort on my part.

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Seasonings and flavored canned tomatoes finish off the sauce. Once you combine your noodles and your sauce, you bake the casserole, so the noodles can absorb all that flavor!

My family and I learned that a casserole can be amazing without pasta OR cheese. What matters most is preparation, the seasoning, and of course, the people you share your meal with!

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Southwest Paleo Casserole Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 8 ounces Zucchini noodles
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 pound Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 14 ounces Canned Diced Tomatoes, with basil
  • 14 ounces Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, cook the ground beef and the Italian sausage until crumbled and browned completely.
  3. Season the meat with cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  4. Add the bell peppers, tomato paste and both canned tomatoes, stir.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Place zucchini noodles between two paper towels and ring out the moisture from the noodles. Place noodles on the bottom of your dish, top with the prepared sauce.
  7. Bake casserole for 15 minutes.



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Author: Tanya Schroeder
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 120
Calories 270

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 619mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tanya Schroeder

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