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High-protein Low-carb Slow Cooker Recipes – 13 Delicious Ideas

Myth: High-protein meals take a lot of time and effort to prepare. If you’ve believed this for so long, check out these high-protein low-carb slow cooker recipes that will change your mind.

“I have lots of things to do. I don’t have the energy or time to whip up tender, juicy, and flavorful meat dishes.”

Does this sound like you? 

If yes, we totally get where you’re coming from.

After all, making delicious high-protein recipes takes so much time (time that we don’t have).

It also requires too much energy (energy that we can’t afford to spare).

But what if we tell you that we found the perfect solution to these problems?

Cue in: the slow cooker.

It’s our secret weapon for cooking proteins easily and conveniently without sacrificing tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. (*)

With this equipment, you can prep the ingredients, set the cooker, forget everything, and still have the yummiest high-protein dish come mealtime.

In addition to its set-and-forget cooking method, a slow cooker also:

  • Brings out the flavor of the ingredients,
  • Tenderizes even the toughest cuts of meat,
  • Requires less cleanup,
  • Consumes less energy than ovens and stovetops,
  • And has a large capacity, perfect for batch cooking.

Amazing, right?

If you want to put this tool to the test, we prepared a list of the best high-protein, low-carb slow cooker recipes you can try putting together.

What are you waiting for? Let’s dig in!

13 High-protein Low-carb Slow Cooker Recipes You Can Set and Forget

Here are the set-and-forget recipes that can help you enjoy the health benefits of high-protein meals and experience the magical joys of slow cooking:

Chicken Ideas

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Let’s start the list with the most common protein source you can ever find—chicken!

The best thing is it’s also one of the easiest proteins to cook. Add a slow cooker to the mix, and you get to enjoy high-quality nutrition in the most convenient way possible.

1. Crockpot Sugar-free Barbecue Chicken – The Most Versatile Chicken Dish

BBQ sauce is a universal sauce, so much so that you can find different versions of it worldwide. (*)

Well, what we’re sharing with you is a keto-friendly version. It uses a sugar-free barbecue sauce, delivering the same tangy, smoky, and sweet taste sans the carbs.

The best part is that the slow cooking process produces the most flavorful, tender shredded chicken you can use on different dishes.

You can eat it on its own, but it’s also versatile enough to be served with veggies, cauliflower rice, wraps, noodles, and many more!

Per serving: 362 calories, 6g fats, 47g protein, 1g fiber, and 2g net carbs

Pro Tip: If you’re on a strict keto diet, replace brown sugar with a low-carb sweetener. (*)

Editor’s Tip: We recommend using the Walden Farms Original BBQ Sauce, which contains less than 1g of net carbs. (*

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2. Spinach Artichoke Chicken– Cheesy and Leafy

Are you a fan of the famous spinach artichoke dip? Samesies!

We love it so much that we decided to put it on top of our favorite protein, and this recipe is the result!

With this recipe, you can transform all those cheesy dip flavors into a mouthwatering meal.

Here’s what we love the most: you’re replacing the high-carb bread slices with protein-rich chicken, a low-calorie, high-protein, and keto-friendly alternative.

Per serving: 246 calories, 6g fats, 35g protein, 4g fiber, and 10g net carbs

Pro Tip: Avoid using pre-shredded cheese because it contains more carbs than cheese blocks.

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3. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken– Sweet and Sour Goodness

This dish has the most complex flavor profile there is. It’s bursting with a rich, complex sweetness paired with hints of smokiness and slight tartness that will tickle your taste buds.

The first time our friend served this, we thought he ordered it from a restaurant. So imagine our surprise when we learned that he made the restaurant-quality flavors using a crockpot and with just 8 minutes of hands-on prep time!

Per serving: 197 calories, 8.8g fats, 22.6g protein, 1.8g fiber, and 7.1g net carbs

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Turkey Choices

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And, of course, we have the chicken’s low-calorie and leaner counterpart—turkey. Here are some ways you can prep this healthy protein:

4. Simple Turkey Stew– Creamy and Hearty

Just because turkey is a lean protein doesn’t mean you can’t make hearty meals. Try this simple turkey stew if you don’t believe us.

This is the meal we usually make when we have lots of Thanksgiving Turkey, and it never fails. The combination of heavy cream, mustard, and seasoning creates a creamy, comforting broth perfect for cold winter nights.

On top of that, we have flavorful turkey cubes, succulent mushrooms, and smoky diced bacon, so you can get healthy fats and proteins and enjoy interesting textures in every bite.

Per serving: 315 calories, 24g fats, 20g protein, 1g fiber, and 3g net carbs

Editor’s Tip: Add broccoli or cauliflower to boost the meal’s fiber content.

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5. No-Bean Turkey Chili– Comfort Food Made Healthier

Do you know what winter’s saving grace is for us? It’s the perfect weather for eating chili, and this is our treasured recipe for many good reasons.

For one, it uses ground turkey, which is lower in saturated fats than beef and is considered a better choice for heart health. (*)

Additionally, it’s bean-free, making it a great keto meal for us. And there’s also the fire-roasted tomatoes, which adds a surprisingly smoky twist.

Last, but not least, it’s a slow cooker recipe, so you can enjoy all the rich flavors effortlessly.

Per serving: 195.6 calories, 10.1g fats, 20.6g protein, 2g fiber, and 5.1g net carbs

Editor’s Tip: We use Hunt’s Fire-roasted Tomatoes because it contains more fiber (2g per serving) than other brands (only 1g). (*)

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6. Cheese-stuffed Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce– A Cheesy Surprise in the Middle

Are you afraid that turkey dishes might be too bland for your taste? Well, this saucy and cheesy dish is the assurance you need.

Imagine this: Juicy and meaty turkey balls slowly simmered in a tangy marinara sauce, infusing every nook and cranny with tomato’s perfect balance of sweetness and sourness. If that’s not flavorful enough for you, I don’t know what is!

As if the rich tomato flavors aren’t enough, the meatballs are seasoned with different herbs and coated with savory pork rinds.

Last but not least, it’s stuffed with gooey Fontina cheese inside.  The cheesy surprise in the middle is so good even our kids love it.

Per serving: 372 calories, 16g fats, 47g protein, 2g fiber, and 7g net carbs

Pro Tip: If you plan to make these balls in bulk (like we usually do), store them in a Meatball Master to preserve their shape. (*)

Editor’s Tip: Create perfectly shaped balls by using a meatball scooper. (*)

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Pork Picks

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Pork is more famous for its fat content, but it’s a praiseworthy protein source, too. However, you must pay attention to the pork parts that you use.

We recommend going for pork tenderloin (*) for maximum protein benefits. Below are the different ways you can cook this prized part:

7.  Garlic Herb Butter Pork Tenderloin- Simple Yet Elevated

No other sauces can elevate a dish like a garlic herb butter sauce can. After all, this simple sauce has all the makings of a good sauce: butter’s richness, garlic’s savory taste, and the herbs’ earthy flavors.

And when slowly infused into the tender pork tenderloin, it can transform the humble piece of meat into an unbelievably juicy protein-packed pork dish with lip-smacking flavors and aroma.

The best thing about it? It requires only 5 minutes of prep time!

Per serving: 271 calories, 14.8g fats, 32g protein, .1g fiber, and 0.8g net carbs

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8. Marinated Asian Pork Tenderloin– Variety of Flavors Guaranteed

Warning: Get your taste buds ready because they’re in for a mouthwatering treat!

If there’s one thing we learned in years of eating Asian food, the cuisine will never have just one flavor note. That’s why this Asian Pork Tenderloin is guaranteed to give you layers of complex flavors and deliver a delightful party to your taste buds in every bite.

Since it’s marinated in a wide range of condiments and herbs, the pork tenderloin is packed with all flavors imaginable: salty, sweet, spicy, zesty, and even pungent!

Per serving: 287 calories, 16.9g fats, 32.4g protein, and 2.7g net carbs

Editor’s Tip: Another bonus point for this meal is it’s freezer-friendly! All you need to do is dump the meat and marinade in a freezer-friendly resealable bag and store it in the freezer. (*)

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9. Crock Pot Pork Loin BBQ Pulled Pork – A 3-Ingredient Delight

Aside from its high protein content, there’s one more thing to love about pork tenderloin—it makes the most tender and juiciest pulled pork.

Not only that, but it also contains less fat than pork butt (the part that’s traditionally used for pulled pork), so it’s considered leaner and healthier.

The highlight of this dish is its simplicity. It has only three common ingredients and can be done in 5 minutes of prep time.

Use sugar-free rub and keto-friendly BBQ sauce to enjoy the most flavorful shredded pork guilt-free. 

Per serving: 206 calories

Editor’s Tip: If you don’t have time to make a homemade rub, buy the Pork Barrel BBQ Rub, which has zero carbs. (*) On the other hand, our go-to barbecue sauce is the G Hughes sugar-free BBQ sauce, which contains only 2g net carbs. (*)

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Beef Bets

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Beef is another easy-to-find protein, and the best thing about it is it adds a special touch to every meal. The best thing about cooking beef in a slow cooker is it gives the meat enough time to break down, making even the toughest beef cuts fall off the bone tender.

Take a look at some of the best ways to prep this meat:

10.  Mongolian Beef – PF Chang’s Copycat

Coated with cornstarch and loaded with sugars, Mongolian beef takeout is a big no-no on keto. That’s why we prefer making this homemade Mongolian Beef that tastes just like PF Chang’s but has none of the carbs.

You can also make this at home using these three simple swaps:

  • Keto-friendly sweetener in place of sugar, (*)
  • Xanthan gum instead of cornstarch, (*)
  • And cauliflower rice as an alternative to white rice.

With these adjustments, you can enjoy the dish’s crispy texture and sweet, spicy, and savory flavors even on a low-carb diet.

Per serving: 331 carbohydrates, 17g fats, 40g protein, and 4g net carbs

Editor’s Tip: When we’re in a hurry, we serve it with microwaveable broccoli rice to save time and effort. (*)

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11.  Korean Beef and Cabbage Stew – A Sweet-Spicy Delight 

Imagine this: Tender and juicy beef chunks swimming in a delightfully sweet, savory, spicy broth. Mouthwatering, right?

Well, there’s more. This stew is packed with cabbage and kimchi, so it’s not just brimming with flavors and offers well-balanced nutrition. 

But there’s a catch: the dish’s slight sweetness comes from brown sugar. Luckily for you, you can easily replace it with a low-carb sweetener. (*)

Per serving: 225 calories, 7g fats, 28g protein, 1g fiber, and 10g net carbs

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Seafood Selection

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Seafood might not be the first thing you’d think of when it comes to high-protein foods, but they are a worthy candidate. We love incorporating them into our menu because they are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals.

Check out our seafood recipes of choice below:

12.  Clam Chowder with Bacon– A New England Style Dish

For us, there’s nothing a good ol’ clam chowder can’t fix.

After all, its thick, creamy, and milky-white broth is warm, highly comforting, and can easily take the blues away. It also has cream cheese, which amps the protein content and gives it that cheesiness. 

Also, the clams deliver a clean, salty, and slightly sweet taste that makes us feel like we’re just by the sea, our happy place.

To top it all off, it also has bacon, which adds a crispy, savory touch and completes the surf and turf meal. 

Per serving: 276 calories, 28.5g fats, 12g protein, and 3.75g net carbs

Pro Tip: Add more seafood like shrimp, scallops, mussels or crabs to turn this into a seafood chowder and increase its protein content.

Editor’s Tip: Add rutabaga or cauliflower to the mix to give it that sought-after thick chowder texture.

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13.  Seafood Cioppino- An Italian-American Love Affair

Here’s a seafood cioppino to show our love for American and Italian cuisines.

The stew originated in the Bay Area as a delicious way to use their leftover catch, including almost all types of seafood imaginable.

On the other hand, its rich tomato-based broth seasoned with savory Italian herbs makes it Italian. The finishing touch is red pepper flakes that give the broth a surprising spicy kick.

Per serving: 302 calories, 7g fats, 43.9g protein, 3.5g fiber, and 14.5g net carbs

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