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Vegan Queso Dip Recipe

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Prep

15 minutes

Yield

8

This is such an easy queso sauce recipe that you'll want to dip everything in. Serve with veggies, pita, crackers, or nachos!

Holy moly this queso sauce recipe is going to be your new favorite game-day treat, appetizer, or easy snack. It’s full of flavor and is completely vegan. Serve it with fresh veggies, crackers, or nachos. You’ll be able to whip up this dip in only 15-minutes and everyone that tries this is going to think you’re a master chef.

Hand dipping fresh veggies into homemade queso sauce recipe

Why you’ll love this queso sauce recipe: 

  • Flavorful: Made using tasty ingredients like ancho chili powder, and jalapenos, this queso dip is full of flavor 
  • Healthier: I used healthier ingredients like cashews to make this queso dip healthier, but without losing its deliciousness 
  • Versatile: Use as a spread, serve with nachos, veggies, or crackers. You’ll love this stuff 

Dipping a chip into queso recipe

Ingredient Notes: 

Cashews: Cashews are low in sugar and rich in fiber, healthy fats, and plant protein. They are great to add to dips, or sauces to add a creaminess. 

Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast is a must in your plant-based pantry. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals and includes 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein like you’d find in animal products.

Close-up of queso sauce recipe in a bowl surrounded by veggies

How to make this queso sauce recipe: 

  1. Add the cashews to a small bowl and cover completely with hot water.
  2. Allow sitting for 15 – 20 minutes, drain + rinse.
  3. Transfer the cashews and ALL of the remaining ingredients to a blender.
  4. Blend on high speed until smooth. Add more hot water to reach desired “queso-like” consistency. 
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl or dish and add jalapeno slices, sundried tomatoes, and chopped cilantro on top. 
  6. Serve warm with prepared fresh veggies and tortilla chips! DELICIOUS!

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

Cheese: Pick your favorite flavor delicious flavor of vegan cheese OR use regular dairy cheese!

How do I make this spicier? Spice up your queso by adding more jalapeno, chili powder, or add in hot sauce if you desire.

What else can I add to this dip? Add green chilis, diced tomatoes, or extra cheese on top of your queso before serving!

Storage: Store the queso in the fridge for 4 – 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Vegan Queso Sauce Recipe

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This is such an easy queso sauce recipe that you'll want to dip everything in. Serve with veggies, pita, crackers, or nachos!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Vegan Appetizers, Vegan Meals
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 8
Calories 77 kcal

Ingredients
  

Queso:

  • 2 cups cashews
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes in oil, strained
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock paste
  • 1- inch jalapeno
  • ½ cup vegan cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 1/4 cup hot water

Toppings:

  • extra jalapeno sliced
  • extra sundried tomatoes
  • fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions
 

  • Add the cashews to a small bowl and cover completely with hot water.
  • Allow sitting for 15 – 20 minutes, drain + rinse.
  • Transfer the cashews and ALL of the remaining ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend on high speed until smooth. Add more hot water to reach desired “queso-like” consistency. 
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or dish and add jalapeno slices, sundried tomatoes, and chopped cilantro on top. 
  • Serve warm with prepared fresh veggies and tortilla chips! DELICIOUS!

Notes

Pick your favorite flavor delicious flavor of vegan cheese OR use regular dairy cheese!
Spice up your queso by adding more jalapeno, chili powder, or add in hot sauce if you desire.
Add green chilis, diced tomatoes, or extra cheese on top of your queso before serving!
This is a HUGE HIT at parties!  
Store the queso in the fridge for 4 – 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 8 | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.1g | Protein: 3.9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 105mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 3.2g
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