Hot & Tangy Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip

Hosting a football party? Add this Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip to your game day menu. Recipe on @beardandbonnet

Are you ready for some football?! I may not be too into the game, but I sure do get excited about game day food. Grab a chip and dig in friend, today we are talking all about this addictive Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip!

Add this Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip to your game day menu. Recipe on @beardandbonnet

Game day feasts and tailgates are where it is at! Lots of irresistibly indulgent eats, ice cold drinks and friends all gathered together to cheer on their favorite team, what’s not to love?

Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip perfect for game day or for just treating yourself with the ultimate comfort food. Recipe on @beardandbonnet

Recently I discovered that I have a love for the ultimate game day flavor – Buffalo! Maybe you remember those delicious Buffalo Chickpea Bowls a few weeks back? Now I have taken this obsession to the next level by whipping up this incredibly rich and indulgent dip that is just the perfect splurge for game night.

Dive into the ultimate comfort food! Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip perfect for game day or for just treating yourself. Recipe on @beardandbonnet

Typically Buffalo Dip is loaded with chicken, but I have found that cauliflower pearls ( AKA: cauliflower rice) that have been sautéed until golden and tender are the perfect substitution. Plus, I feel better knowing this dip is chock full of veggies…that means I can eat it every day right?!

Treat yourself to the ultimate comfort food! Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip. Recipe on @beardandbonnet


Cauli-Ranch Buffalo Dip

  • Yield: about 4 cups


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups cauliflower pearls
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup mild hot sauce, I use Frank’s
  • 1/2 cup shredded jalapeño jack cheese
  • 1 package ( 8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

to serve

  • fresh cilantro
  • thin jalapeño slices
  • rice crackers and veggie dippers


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Combine the cauliflower, white pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in the skillet and cook until tender and golden brown about 6-7 minutes. Transfer the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl and add the ranch dressing, hot sauce and cheeses. Stir to combine completely.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish, smooth the top and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until bubbling around the edges and golden brown.
  4. Allow to cool slightly then top with cilantro and jalapeño slices then serve with rice crackers and veggie dippers.




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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.