This Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff is comfort food at its best! This one pan meal takes less than 30 minutes to make, is so creamy and flavorful, and great for the whole family. It is delicious as is, with cauliflower rice, or pasta!

Dairy free beef stroganoff in bowl

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This dairy free beef stroganoff is so hearty and savory.
  • The broth is so creamy and smooth.
  • It can be eaten by itself, with cauliflower rice, or pasta of choice.
  • This easy Whole30 beef stroganoff is made in less than 30 minutes.
  • It requires only one skillet.
  • It is made without mushrooms, without sour cream, without wine, and without dairy and without cream of mushroom soup.
  • For Paleo, use grain free pasta.
  • This recipe is Whole30 compliant (as is or with cauliflower rice), Paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free. It is Keto friendly and low carb.

What is Beef Stroganoff?

Beef Stroganoff (also called Beef Stroganov) is a Russian dish that is made with sautéed pieces of beef or steak. It is made in a creamy sauce that is traditionally made with sour cream.

This dish is now popular all over the world. It is most commonly served with egg noodles nowadays.

Paleo beef stroganoff in skillet

How to Make

Step 1

First, brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until brown and crumbly.

Step 2

Drain excess grease from pan. Add diced onions, olive oil and minced garlic to skillet. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are soft.

Step 3

Next, add in beef broth and all seasonings. Cook for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Remove ¼ cup of the liquid from the skillet. Place liquid in small bowl and whisk in tapioca flour. Pour this mixture back into skillet.

Step 5

Stir in canned coconut milk and nutritional yeast.

Step 6

Then, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until creamy.

Step 7

Finally, serve over cauliflower rice or pasta of choice.

Dairy free beef in skillet

Instant Pot Instructions

To make this in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, turn on sauté mode and sauté ground beef and onion with olive oil about 5 minutes. 

Once browned and crumbly, add broth and spices.  Pressure cook for 5 minutes and quick release the pressure. 

Remove 1/4 cup of liquid to a small bowl and combine with tapioca flour. Pour this mixture back into your pressure cooker and stir to combine. 

Add in coconut milk and nutritional yeast and stir to combine.  More coconut milk will add more creaminess.

Serve over cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or grain free pasta.

Slow Cooker Instructions

To make this in your slow cooker, add all ingredients (except coconut milk) and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours. 

About 20 minutes before serving, stir in coconut milk. 

Serve over cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or grain free pasta.

Creamy beef and pasta

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use canned coconut milk for the most creamy result. This comes in a can and can usually be found in the Asian aisle in the grocery store. I prefer the brand Thai coconut milk. If coconut milk has separated in the can, stir before measuring and using.

Continue simmering mixture until creamy and until desired consistency has been reached. The longer it simmers, the thicker it becomes.

For extra creamy sauce, add more coconut milk.

Traditional beef stroganoff is made with mushrooms. If desired, add in mushrooms while cooking the onions.

How to Serve & Store

Serve hot! This dairy free beef stroganoff is delicious hot from the skillet. Once meat mixture is done, toss with cauliflower rice or pasta.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If making ahead of time, store beef and cauliflower rice separately.

I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Whole30 beef stroganoff with cauliflower rice

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I substitute for milk in beef stroganoff?

Canned coconut milk is a great substitute for milk in beef stroganoff.

What can I substitute for sour cream in beef stroganoff?

Canned coconut milk or a dairy free sour cream are great substitutes for milk in beef stroganoff.

Does beef stroganoff contain dairy?

Yes, traditional beef stroganoff contains dairy.

Can I use beef stew meat or steak?

Yes! Beef stew meat or sirloin will work well.

What is the best meat for beef stroganoff?

Ground beef, beef stew meat, or sirloin steak are the best meats for stroganoff.

Can I thicken the sauce?

Adding the tapioca flour slurry thickens the sauce considerably. Simmering longer will also yield a thicker sauce.

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This Dairy Free Beef Stroganoff is creamy, hearty and so flavorful! This classic comfort food is made healthier and without dairy or gluten. It is great for weeknight dinners, meal prep and leftovers!
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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, add ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until brown and crumbly, breaking up with spatula.
  • Then, drain excess grease from pan. Add diced onion, olive oil and minced garlic to pan. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is soft.
  • Add in beef broth and all seasonings. Stir to combine. Cook on medium for 5 minutes.
  • Remove ¼ cup of the liquid from skillet and add to a small bowl. Whisk in tapioca flour to liquid. Then, pour this slurry back into skillet and stir.
  • Add in canned coconut milk and nutritional yeast to skillet. Stir to combine.
  • Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until broth is creamy.
  • Finally, serve with cauliflower rice if desired. Top with fresh parsley!

Notes

  • Steak can replace ground beef if desired.  I suggest using either sirloin steak (cut into 1 inch cubes) or beef stew meat.  Brown meat before adding other ingredients.
  • Use canned coconut milk.  I recommend using the brand Thai.  This can be found in the Asian food aisle at most grocery stores.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice for Whole30 and Paleo, or grain free or gluten free pasta.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Store beef stroganoff and cauliflower rice or pasta separately.
Calories: 417kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 305mg, Potassium: 525mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 3mg

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