This dairy free queso dip with ground beef is made with cauliflower and cashews, but you’ll never know it by its amazing taste and texture! Perfect for the Super Bowl or any game day get-together.
There’s nothing I love more than game day recipes during this time of the year. I just can’t get enough and they are some of the most addicting dishes on the planet. I mean, what’s not to love about chips and dips and all the wings? Absolutely nothing.
When I didn’t realize that I was sensitive to dairy years ago, beef nachos were my go-to when my husband and I would go to soccer games. There’s just something magical when ground beef and cheese come together, and I knew I had to recreate that flavor with this beef queso dip.
Dairy Free Queso Dip with Ground Beef Recipe
Not only is this cheesy dip dairy free, it’s a paleo and keto queso recipe packed with veggies that you can’t even taste. Hey, if I’m going to be indulging in an addicting dip that I can’t stop eating, might as well make it a bit healthier. I promise, you can’t detect all the veggies that are in this cauliflower queso and I love that it doesn’t make me feel bloated afterwards.
Tips for Making This Paleo Queso with Ground Beef
The most important part of this cauliflower queso is the texture. To make it taste like the real ooey gooey cheesy queso, I suggest you follow these simple tips:
- Using a high powered blender will yield the best results. If you don’t own one, I recommend you soak the cashews overnight than just an hour. Otherwise, the texture of this paleo queso might turn slightly gritty.
- I recommend using 85% or 90% lean ground beef. If you have a higher fat content than this, there will be too much liquid that drains out during the cooking process and may alter the texture of the beef queso dip.
- Turmeric powder is completely optional and you won’t taste it much. I like to add it for the yellow cheesy color that it gives, but you can just leave it out to make a white queso with ground beef. The nutritional yeast will give it a slightly yellow hue as well to make it look yummy.
- This keto queso recipe makes a big batch and you’ll end up with about 7 cups of it. I don’t mind leftovers and I can never get sick of this stuff, but if you are serving it for a smaller party, you can just halve the recipe.
What to Serve With Dairy Free Queso with Ground Beef
If you are in the middle of your Whole30 challenge, these are some ways you can enjoy this yummy paleo queso with ground beef:
- Dip raw veggies in it like baby carrots, zucchini sticks, cucumber slices, jicama sticks, celery sticks, and more.
- Serve over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.
- Dip kale chips in it.
- Drizzle over eggs, YUM.
- Eat it straight with a spoon! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Hope you serve this yummy and “cheesy” beef queso dip for your next game day get-together. I guarantee it’ll disappear in no time!
Other recipes you might love…
- Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese
- Paleo Nacho Casserole
- Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paleo, Keto)
- Paleo Crab Dip (Whole30, Keto)
Dairy Free Queso Dip with Ground Beef (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked for at least 1 hour to overnight
- 2 tsp ghee or your favorite cooking oil, divided
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups cauliflower florets about 1 medium cauliflower head
- 3 cups almond milk or your favorite non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder optional, for color
- 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes drained
- 1 4 oz can of diced green chili
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Cilantro, for garnish optional
- Before you begin cooking, make sure to soak cashews for at least 1 hour to overnight.
- Heat 1 tsp of ghee over medium high heat in a medium saucepan with a lid.
- Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add in cauliflower florets and almond milk, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a high powered blender. Add in soaked and drained cashews and nutritional yeast, and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- In the same saucepan, heat 1 tsp of ghee over medium high heat.
- Add onion and cook stirring until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add in ground beef, sea salt, mustard powder, chili powder, cumin, and turmeric, and cook for about 10 minutes until the meat is browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
- Pour in the blended cauliflower, drained diced tomatoes, green chili, and apple cider vinegar, and stir together.
- Let the whole thing simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes until thickened to your liking.
- Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired, before serving
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