Indulge in the creamy, cheesy goodness of this Vegan Queso Recipe that will have you savoring every dip. Say goodbye to dairy-based queso and welcome this flavorful plant-based alternative that is perfect for all your snacking and appetizer needs. Made with wholesome ingredients and a blend of savory spices, this vegan queso delivers the authentic taste and texture of traditional cheese dip without the use of any animal products. Whether you’re hosting a party, game night, or simply craving a tasty treat, this vegan queso is sure to be a hit among vegans and non-vegans alike.
Servings: Makes approximately 2 cups of queso
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours or overnight
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (for color)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
- Salt to taste
- Chopped fresh cilantro or green onions, for garnish (optional)
- Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the soaked cashews, unsweetened almond milk, nutritional yeast, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, lemon juice, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper (if using), and a pinch of salt.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. If the queso is too thick, you can add a bit more almond milk to achieve your desired consistency.
- Transfer the blended mixture to a saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring continuously, until the queso thickens and reaches a velvety cheese-like consistency. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Taste the queso and adjust the seasoning with more salt or spices as needed to suit your taste preferences.
- Once the vegan queso is ready, transfer it to a serving bowl.
- Garnish the queso with chopped fresh cilantro or green onions if desired.
- Serve the vegan queso warm and enjoy it with your favorite tortilla chips, vegetables, or as a delicious sauce for nachos and other dishes.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (2 tablespoons, approximate values):
- Calories: 92
- Total Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 63mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 6g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 1g
- Protein: 3g