Vegan Queso for Cinco de Mayo

My favorite last minute meal is a few tortilla chips served up with a cup of queso. If you’re tired of spending a fortune on jars of vegan queso this is the recipe for you.The base recipe is mild, but you can spice it up to suit your taste.

The beans create a stable base and the cashews add a richness that’s so creamy you might not believe it’s really dairy-free. The nutritional yeast adds the cheesy flavor. On top of that you can add some elements from your favorite queso like tomatoes, hot peppers from your summer garden, or even some chopped cilantro. It’s all up to you.

Vegan Cashew-Bean Queso
soy-free, gluten-free
makes about 4 cups

  • 1½ cups cooked white beans (or 1 -15 ounce can white beans rinsed and drained)
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup So Delicious Coconut milk (unsweetened is best)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons green chilis, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • a few slices of pickled or fresh jalapeño, optional

Add everything into a food process or blender and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Feel free to add hot chili powder to get more heat in.

Also if you’d prefer a thinner sauce add an additional 1/2 cup nondairy milk. Now you can put this in your slow cooker to heat up so you can enjoy your party!

Comments

  1. Can’t wait to try it! Might even use it as a macaroni and cheese sauce.

  2. Does this actually taste cheesy? I don’t like the taste of cheese, but I love dips with my chips.

    • Kathy Hester says:

      It doesn’t taste exactly like cheese. Have you ever had nutritional yeast? The reason I ask is that is the part that tastes “cheesy”. Having said that you could leave out the yeast and add more of the other seasonings or even some salsa to create a different dip altogether. I hope this helps!

  3. Oh yumm… when I saw the title I thought for sure I would see some vegan cheeze substitute in there… but No! :) I’m going to give this a try. I love cheese dip – I have a real weakness for it. It’s one thing that I miss from a vegan diet.

  4. I’m always on the lookout for different vegan queso recipes, will definitely give this one a try!

  5. I just made this and it is soooooo good!!!!! I used Rotell instead of just green chilis and added some extra spice. I am eating it right now and I can’t stop!!

  6. I made the queso this evening for dinner and it was delicious! I used a whole can of green chilis and the full teaspoon of salt. I also added a clove of garlic and some cayenne to give it a nice kick. Turned out great, thank you!

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