The perfect low carb keto version of a classic fall style beer cheese soup! It’s cheesy, creamy, bold and comes with less carbs too!
Low Carb Beer Cheese Soup:
When fall rolls around and the temperatures drop, I often find myself craving more carbs and more comfort foods (who doesn’t). Having a repertoire of stews, chili’s, and soups in my back pocket definitely comes in handy this time of year.
Though, I could honestly eat soup when it’s 90 degrees out (I’ve even made chicken zoodle soup on the grill because it’s delicious).
A lot of hearty and creamy soups are filled with potatoes, made with a roux, or maybe have things like rice or noodles too. Eating a lower carb keto diet makes those hearty, delicious carbs a no go for me (and maybe for you since you’re here).
That being said, have been wondering if beer cheese soup is keto? The answer is yes! If you make this low carb version of a classic beer cheese soup, you will happily find yourself (and your spoon) on the other end of a creamy and flavorful warm bowl of low carb heaven.
What keeps this low carb beer cheese soup keto friendly and ultimately lower in carbs, is the beer I chose to use. There are several low carb beers on the market and for this recipe I used Michelob Ultra (this is not sponsored just my preference in low calories beers), which comes out to be only 2.6 net carbs for a 12 oz. bottle.
Feel free to explore which low carb beer you like, or use any other beer you prefer if you’re not trying to keep it low carb (again, all my recipes are really versatile for most diets/preferences). Find the full recipe and video tutorial at the bottom of the page and read through for helpful cooking tips below!
- Stock Pot Knife & Cutting Board
- Frying Pan
- Stock Pot or Dutch Oven
- Spoon/Whisk Large
- Measuring Cup
- Cheese Grater
This keto friendly soup recipe is quick and easy to make, but does need a few base ingredients to really give it some flavor. Obviously, you want the beer taste to come through, but there needs to be a balance so it isn’t too overpowering.
A standard soup uses a mirepoix, which is a mixture of onions, celery, and carrots. Many time this is what creates a rounded out flavor profile for the broth of a soup. For this recipe, I used a little red pepper, some yellow onion, and fresh garlic.
Start by heating your pot over medium heat, add the butter and let it melt. Toss in your pepper, onion, and garlic and cook until fragrant and translucent. One step many people often overlook, is to season their veggies. I like to add a little salt and pepper here to ensure a good flavor profile. Additionally, I like a little Dijon and coconut aminos (or soy sauce) to help add a little punch too!
Once the veggies are cooked, I add in about 4 oz. of cream cheese. Use a wooden spoon to smash down the cream cheese into the cooked veggies to help soften it. Once the cream cheese is mixed in well, add in the chicken stock and beer, whisking until the cream cheese is dissolved. Finish this step off by bringing it to a boil (the alcohol in the soup will cook off so don’t panic if you take leftovers to work and people think you’re getting beer drunk at 11:30 am).
Because we eliminated a classic roux (equal parts flour and butter used to thicken soups and sauces), you might be wondering how to thicken a keto soup? Don’t stress! Believe it or not, I find that by only adding cream cheese and the cheddar cheese, the soup becomes thick enough to be rich and creamy.
If you prefer a slightly thicker soup, add in 1-2 tempered egg yolks as an option or sprinkled in a tiny bit of xanthan gum.
My final tip for making this soup recipe, is to grate your own cheddar cheese! Pre-shredded cheese is coated in processed products to help prevent sticking and clumping while it is in the package, making it harder to melt and become cohesive within the soup (you don’t want the cheese to separate from the sauce).
The best part about this soup? I can prep it in about 10 minutes and it takes about 15 minutes tops to cook too, making this whole recipe come together in under 30 minutes! I find that the leftovers make a great meal prep and that this soup takes on more flavor the next day (like my chipotle chili or chicken chili recipes too).
Want something delicious to dip into this soup? Try my Easy Cast Iron Keto Focaccia Bread recipe or these Keto Cheddar Biscuit Bombs With Beer Cheese Sauce too, both are pure keto comfort food!
Not ready for a hot soup recipe? Save this one to Pinterest for later and when you do make it, be sure to share it all with me over on Instagram too! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Stay warm but don’t stay hungry….
- 3 cups Chicken Broth
- 1, 12 oz. Michelob Ultra
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese
- 6 Slices of Cooked Bacon, crumbled
- 12 oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 tbsp. Butter
- 1/4 cup Onion, diced small
- 1/4 cup Red Pepper, diced small
- 1 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut Aminos or Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Celery Salt
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne
- Optional Garnish- Chives or Green Onions
- 1. Begin by prepping the ingredients (mise en place) so everything is ready when needed, the recipe will move quickly. Cook and crumble the bacon, diced the veggies, and grate the cheese.
- 2. In a stock pot on medium heat, add the butter (or use bacon grease if preferred) to the pot and saute the red pepper, onions, and garlic for about 5 minutes (they should be fragrant and translucent). Season the veggies with a little salt and pepper. Add in the celery salt, paprika and cayenne.
- 3. Add in the 4 oz. of cream cheese and use a wooden spoon to break it up and allow the heat from the pot to soften it. Stir until it is smooth and mixed in with the veggies. Add in the Dijon mustard and coconut aminos (or soy sauce).
- 4. Next, add in the chicken stock and then the beer. Whisk any of the lumps from the cream cheese into the liquid and do not add the cheese until it is dissolved.
- 5. To slowly melt the cheese into the sauce and avoid separation, add in small handfuls at a time and whisk until each handful is melted into the liquid and smooth. Continue this process until the cheese is gone. The soup should be slightly thicker at this stage.
- 6. Serve the soup with crumbled bacon and optional chives or green onion for garnish!
Don't want to use bacon? Sub in for diced ham or chicken too! Store in a container in the fridge or freeze for later use.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 826mg Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g