These Low-Carb Philly Cheesesteak Bowls are filled with strips of beef, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms, then topped with a creamy cheese to bring it all together.
If you love a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, you’re going to really like this bowl, especially because it brings your favorite sandwich to the table without the extra carbs of bread.
I am a huge Philly Cheesesteak fan, so I find myself making this delicious low-carb bowl quite often. It’s easy to make, only a few ingredients to prepare, and it’s very satisfying.
You might also like these Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers, which utilize the green bell pepper as a vessel.
Why Make Low Carb Bowls
Keto and low-carb bowls are great for lunch and dinner. I serve pretty much anything I love that requires bread in bowl form, so I can continue eating and enjoying those flavors without the need for bread. So a Philly Cheesesteak in a bowl is pretty ideal.
The bowl method is also great for presentation. It looks appealing in a way that beef, onions, and peppers doesn’t when it’s just piled haphazardly on a plate. Since you eat with your eyes as much as your mouth, this is a great way to satisfy your desire to eat delicious looking food.
There are many ways to create a bowl. We make pork belly bowls, salmon sushi bowls, breakfast bowls, taco bowls – you name it. All of these bowls can be served with or without rice, or with cauliflower rice, so they’re also great for serving to other members of the family who aren’t low-carb.
What Ingredients Go In a Philly Cheesesteak?
The main staples of a classic Philly Cheesesteak are just thinly sliced beef, onions (if you like), mushrooms, and cheese (like Cheez Wiz, Provolone or American).
For this Philly Cheesesteak bowl, we also add green bell peppers and, sometimes, cauliflower rice, to make the bowl more substantial for dinner.
- Cooking oil
- Bell Peppers
- Salt & pepper
- Provolone cheese
What Meat To Use
Any type of steak can be used in this recipe. I prefer sirlion because it’s more tender, but you can use round, flank steak or London broil. It’s more about how you slice the meat to make it as tender as possible.
I prefer that the meat is slightly frozen before cutting. This allows you to get it thinner than you could otherwise. And always cut against the grain of the meat.
What Cheese to Use
Cheez Wiz and Provolone are the two types of cheese served on a classic Philly Cheesesteak.
Cheez Wiz isn’t the best product because it’s completely processed, but it only contains traces of carbs, so it’s fine to use, if you like.
If you can’t find it, or don’t want to use it, you can top the bowl with Provolone. Since Provolone is sliced, you can melt it and drizzle it over the top, or place the slices on the top and broil or microwave the bowl to melt it.
How to Make a Philly Cheesesteak Bowl
Since there are a lot of components to this dish and we attempt to keep them separated, you may need to use more than one frying pan to cook it simultaneously.
I typically just use one large frying pan and cook the ingredients together but separated as space allows. I cook the beef first, then keep it warm on a side plate as I cook the veggies. I’ll cook the onion first, add it to the warm plate, then cook the peppers and mushrooms side by side in the pan.
In a frying pan over medium heat, saute the beef, bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms separately in cooking oil. Don’t forget to season each component with salt and pepper.
Divide the ingredients equally among four bowls, arranging everything in neat piles.
Add two slices of provolone to the top of each bowl. Broil or microwave until the cheese is melted. If you’re going to melt the provolone using the broiler, be sure to use oven-safe bowls. It takes about a minute in the microwave or 2-3 minutes under the broiler.
To make a more substantial meal, you can add cauliflower rice at the bottom of the bowl.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, ground beef works fine in this recipe. Make sure to drain the fat off after you cook the meat.
Cauliflower rice is a low-carb alternative to regular rice. It is cauliflower that has been chopped into grain size pieces using a food processor. The best part about cauliflower rice is that a serving (around 1 cup) contains just 5 net grams of carbs and 37 calories.
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Keto Philly Cheesesteak Bowl
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 lb beef thinly sliced
- 2 bell peppers chopped
- 1 onion sliced
- 8 mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 8 slices provolone cheese or ½ cup cheez wiz
- In a frying pan over medium heat, saute the beef, bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms separately in cooking oil. Season each component with salt and pepper. Reserve and keep warm until ready to assemble.
- Divide the ingredients equally among four bowls, arranging everything in neat piles.
- Add two slices of provolone to the top of each bowl. Broil or microwave until the cheese is melted.
To keep from using too many pans, I cook the beef first, then the onions, then the green peppers and mushrooms together. If you don’t care about arranging the bowl in neat piles, you can cook the veggies all together in the same pan without separating them.
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