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Take a lighter approach to the Tik Tok viral craze with our Smoked Queso recipe, which offers a delicious take on the traditional snack. This tasty meal is a filling and substantial treat for any occasion by fusing the savory taste of lean ground turkey with the creamy richness of butternut squash. This Smoked Queso is a healthier take on conventional queso recipes, and it promises to captivate your taste buds with the addition of fragrant spices and a combination of nutritious ingredients.

How to Make This Smoked Queso TikTok Viral Recipe

To make this delicious dish, begin by cooking butternut squash pieces until they are soft and can be easily mashed. Next, mix them into a velvety smooth consistency with light coconut milk and nutritional yeast to create a creamy basis for the meal. Next, sear lean ground turkey until it is nicely browned and seasoned, using a variety of spices, such as The Fit Cook Green Chile Lime seasoning and smoked paprika. To add even more flavor, move the cooked turkey to a deep foil pan and top with freshly diced tomatoes or a can of Rotel tomato. You can also add green chilies and a diced red onion.

Pour the butternut squash sauce over everything and cover it with a thick layer of low-fat Mexican blend cheese so that every bite is rich and creamy.

Once assembled, cover the pan with foil and bake it in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, releasing a delicious scent that will make your guests eager to give it a try. When done, stir the mixture until it becomes creamy, ensuring all the flavors are well combined. For an extra touch of freshness and color, garnish your Smoked Queso with cilantro, diced red onion, fresh tomato, and jalapeno before serving. 

Enjoy Your Smoked Queso TikTok Recipe

Whether enjoyed as a cozy snack on a chilly evening or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering, my Lighter Tik Tok Viral Smoked Queso is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it.

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Ingredients for 10 hearty Smoked Queso servings

* Optional Substitution Note
  • ~1 1/2  lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) lite coconut milk (OR almond milk)
  • 6 tablespoons Bragg nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 lb 95% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon The Fit Cook Green Chile Lime seasoning (OR chili powder)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 can (6oz) green chilies
  • 1 can Rotel tomato (or diced tomatoes)
  • 1 lb reduced fat  Mexican blend cheese
  • Garnish
    • Cilantro
    • Diced red onion
    • Fresh diced tomato
    • Jalapeno

Steps

Step 1

Set oven to 400F or fire up the grill to 400F.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of boiling water to a boil, then add the butternut squash.  Cook for 12 -15 minutes or until the squash can be easily mashed with fingers.   Add the squash to a blender, along with coconut milk and nutritional yeast, and blend until silky smooth and fine.  Add tablespoons of water (or coconut milk) to thin it out further if needed.

Step 3

Set a carbon steel pan on medium high heat. Once hot spray with a little oil then add the turkey. Chop up the turkey as it cooks and add seasonings. Cook for about 6 – 8 minutes or until there are no more visible raw pink pieces of turkey meat.

Step 4

Add the cooked turkey to a deep foil pan. Add the remaining ingredients – except for the cheese and squash – and fold/mix together. Sprinkle the cheese on top, then pour the squash on top. Gently shake the pan so the sauce spreads throughout. Cover with foil, then place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

Step 5

Remove from the oven and stir, ensuring everything is well mixed and creamy. Enjoy now, OR if desired, sprinkle a little cheese on top, then place it back in the oven or the grill for a few more minutes to melt and brown the cheese on top.

Step 6

Enjoy with chips or veggie slices!

Lighter Viral TikTok Smoked Queso

Kevin Curry

Indulge in our Lighter TikTok Smoked Queso recipe, a healthy twist on the viral sensation, blending lean turkey and creamy butternut squash.
Smoked Queso

Prep 15min
Cook 20min
Total 35min

Category Chicken
Calories 300

  • ~1 1/2  lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) lite coconut milk (OR almond milk)
  • 6 tablespoons Bragg nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 lb 95% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon The Fit Cook Green Chile Lime seasoning (OR chili powder)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 can (6oz) green chilies
  • 1 can Rotel tomato (or diced tomatoes)
  • 1 lb reduced fat  Mexican blend cheese
  • Garnish
    • Cilantro
    • Diced red onion
    • Fresh diced tomato
    • Jalapeno

  1. Set oven to 400F or fire up the grill to 400F.

  2. Bring a large pot of boiling water to a boil, then add the butternut squash.  Cook for 12 -15 minutes or until the squash can be easily mashed with fingers.   Add the squash to a blender, along with coconut milk and nutritional yeast, and blend until silky smooth and fine.  Add tablespoons of water (or coconut milk) to thin it out further if needed.

  3. Set a carbon steel pan on medium high heat. Once hot spray with a little oil then add the turkey. Chop up the turkey as it cooks and add seasonings. Cook for about 6 – 8 minutes or until there are no more visible raw pink pieces of turkey meat.

  4. Add the cooked turkey to a deep foil pan. Add the remaining ingredients – except for the cheese and squash – and fold/mix together. Sprinkle the cheese on top, then pour the squash on top. Gently shake the pan so the sauce spreads throughout. Cover with foil, then place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

  5. Remove from the oven and stir, ensuring everything is well mixed and creamy. Enjoy now, OR if desired, sprinkle a little cheese on top, then place it back in the oven or the grill for a few more minutes to melt and brown the cheese on top.

  6. Enjoy with chips or veggie slices!



Nutrition per serving

Calories300cal
Protein28g
Fats14g
Carbs15g
Sodium620mg
Fiber4g
Sugar4g
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Details

Prep 15min
Cook 20min
Total 35min

Nutrition per serving

Calories300cal
Protein28g
Fats14g
Carbs15g
Sodium620mg
Fiber4g
Sugar4g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!