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Queso Dip With Ground Beef

This super cheesy Queso Dip with Ground Beef is so good any time - not just on game day! Spicy and savory, it’s a clean-eating dip that can be served with a Mexican dish or alongside just about anything!

Categories Appetizer, Clean Eating, gluten free, Paleo
Difficulty Easy
Keyword chili con queso with ground beef, chili con queso with meat, queso dip with ground beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 193 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1 lb 90/10 lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 serrano pepper seeds and stem removed, finely diced*
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper seeds and stem removed, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes 15‐ounce, approx. 1 cup, drained
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp full fat Greek yogurt
  • optional: sweet potato or corn tortilla chips for serving


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper and cook until well-browned, approx. 6-8 minutes. Once browned, remove meat from pan and set aside, reserving the pan drippings. If not enough drippings, add olive oil, as needed.

  2. Add the diced onion and chiles to the drippings. You may need to add a tsp, or so olive oil at this time. Add the seasonings (paprika, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, and chili powder) and stir to combine. Cook until tender, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the onion-chile mixture to a blender, along with the whole milk, cilantro, and diced tomatoes. Puree the contents until completely smooth. Once fully pureed, return the blended mixture to the pan and continue to heat over medium-high heat.
  4. Sprinkle the arrowroot starch over the blended mixture and stir to combine. Cook 4-5 minutes, until mixture thickens.

  5. Add cheeses and stir to combine.
  6. Once all the cheese is melted, add the Greek yogurt and stir to combine. Return the meat back to the pan and heat through.

  7. Serve immediately, with baked pita chips or corn tortilla chips if preferred.

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Recipe Notes

This queso, as written, has a mild level of heat - to kick up the spice, I'd recommend doubling the serrano and jalapeno and cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy). My kids and husband don't like it as spicy which is how I created the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Queso Dip With Ground Beef
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 264mg11%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 721IU14%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 469mg47%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.