Delicious Dairy-Free Dinner Recipe Swaps for Your Comfort Food Favorites

These easy dairy-free dinner recipes are the epitome of comfort food, and not one ounce of cheese, yogurt, milk, or butter is required. With recipes including stuffed peppers, fish tacos, cozy chili, and several gluten-, dairy-free dinner options, these crowd-pleasing dairy-free meals will have you feasting without feeling one bit deprived.

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Yucatán-Style Fish Tacos

Yucatán-Style Fish Tacos green oregano leaves red cabbage
Blaine Moats

Take an assist from your slow cooker to make taco night far less fussy than usual. Allow the fish to simmer in a pool of nicely-spiced orange juice, then tuck that inside corn tortillas alongside crunchy cabbage, cilantro, and hot sauce. An optional, yet highly recommended pairing for this gluten-free, dairy-free dinner recipe: a pitcher of margaritas and basket of chips and salsa.

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Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash noodles beef brown floral print plate
Brie Passano

This hearty beef braise is one of our ultimate cold-weather cravings. Luckily, our simple and terrifically tender homemade egg noodles are made without butter or milk (so opt for those instead of the spaetzle option). But let's be honest; the real star of this delicious dairy-free dinner recipe is the succulent roast that's infused with flavor from garlic, caraway, marjoram, thyme, and Hungarian paprika.

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Baba Ganoush Flatbread

Baba Ganoush Flatbread
Jacob Fox

Pizza is back on the menu! You won't even miss the cheese in this dairy-free thanks to flavor-rich ingredients such as crunchy toasted hazelnuts, smoky baba ganoush eggplant spread, and refreshing fresh mint

Test Kitchen Tip: For those not going dairy-free, feel free to top half with a handful of crumbled feta.

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Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies

Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies
Blaine Moats

Chickpea flour and cashews sound like two random pantry staple ingredients. But soak the nuts, mix the flour with some water, and the pair blend into a remarkable Alfredo-like pasta sauce. To complete the vegetarian recipe, you'll just need garlic, some fresh herbs and veggies, and pasta (naturally). Skip the optional cheese to make this a fully dairy-free dinner idea; chances are you won't even miss it.

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Steak and Black Bean Burritos

Steak and Black Bean Burrito
Blaine Moats

How often have you spent $10+ on a fully loaded burrito from those build-your-own bars? (And why don't they include more guac to make up for skipping the cheese?!) Wrap and roll your own steak and bean burrito at home instead for a DIY dairy-free meal. You can top it with as much avocado and vegan sour cream as you please.

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Portobello Pot Roast

roasted portobello mushrooms with vegetables
Blaine Moats

This easy dairy-free dinner recipe practically cooks itself—and does so way quicker than if you roasted beef. Building the meal around mushrooms means that this hands-off entrée is also vegan. A splash of white wine cranks up the complexity of this oil > butter option.

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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili
Andy Lyons

Skip the optional cheese topping, and this stove top stew is made for serving to a crowd with differing preferences. It contains no meat, no dairy, and no gluten if you use vegetable stock instead of beer. Pair this dairy-free dinner idea with some vegan, gluten-free cornbread to complete the cozy meal.

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Chicken-Apple Burgers

Chicken-Apple Burgers
The Prop Studio LLC

Who needs cheese on a burger when you can take it over the top with crispy bacon, grilled apple and onion slices, and zesty whole-grain mustard? This lactose-free dinner recipe is about to become one of your go-to burger night entrées. Pair with a side of naturally non-dairy fries or chips to round out the better-than-fast-food meal.

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Luna's Broccoli Beef

Luna's Broccoli Beef
Jenny Huang

Make your own takeout-style masterpiece with this dairy-free meal by Pepper Teigen. The cookbook author and celebrity matriarch calls for combining quick-cooking flank steak with broccoli, garlic, and a one-two punch of Asian flavor: soy sauce and oyster sauce. Serve with hot cooked rice and a generous pinch of sesame seeds or a handful of chopped cashew, if you like (we do!)

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Cashew Cream Pasta Sauce

Cashew Cream Pasta Sauce
Blaine Moats

Miss cream sauce? Marinara is no longer your only sauce option for a lactose-free dinner recipe featuring pasta. Cashews, broth, plus plenty of garlic and shallots make this faux-fredo taste surprisingly similar to its buttery, creamy cousin.

Test Kitchen Tip: Toss in a bit of sautéed, roasted, or steamed broccoli to give this 30-minute meal a vitamin boost.

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Cuban-Style Stuffed Poblanos

Cuban-Style Stuffed Poblanos
Blaine Moats

Spice up your supper routine with this delicious dairy-free dinner recipe that clocks in at just 225 calories per serving. (We give you the green light to dig into two of the brown rice- and beef-stuffed peppers.) Cheese often lends a pleasant salty element to many South-of-the-Border recipes, but this one calls for Spanish olives as an alternative.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Jacob Fox

Make like an Italian and cook chicken cacciatore for dinner tonight. The white wine- and garlic-infused sauce is begging to be drizzled over hearty chicken thighs and warm pasta. Instead of garnishing with cheese, sprinkle each serving of this easy dairy-free dinner recipe with fresh parsley.

Buy It: Instant Pot 6-Quart Pressure Cooker ($90, Target)

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Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta
Blaine Moats

Time for a pasta party. The "sauce" that tops this dairy-free meal is loaded with healthy Mediterranean diet ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, artichokes, olives, and fresh herbs. The crown on top: a little (or a lot) of crushed red pepper.

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