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Dairy Free Queso Dip with Ground Beef (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cashew soaking time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef queso dip, cauliflower queso, keto queso recipe, paleo queso, paleo super bowl snacks, whole30 appetizer
Servings: 14 servings - makes about 7 cups
Calories: 102kcal


  • 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


Serving: 1serving - about 1/2 cup | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg