In the world of plant-based delights, this easy Vegan Queso recipe stands out as a flavorful creamy, and dairy-free alternative to traditional cheese dips. If you are looking for other delicious dairy-free dips you might also love my Vegan Buffalo “Chicken” Dip.
Let’s dive into crafting a scrumptious batch that’ll leave your taste buds dancing. If you’re interested in more homemade plant-based cheese recipes, feel free to explore my complete vegan cheese recipe collection here.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- 1 cup unsalted cashews
- ¾ cup hot water
- 1-2 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp hot sauce (e.g., Valentina)
- ½ tsp cumin
- Dash of turmeric for a vibrant color
- Sliced hot chilis for garnish
- 1 diced tomato or ¼ cup rotel to stir in
Helpful Tools For Making This Vegan Queso
To ensure a smooth process, a high-powered blender or food processor is essential for achieving the desired creamy consistency of your Vegan Queso.
How To Make This Easy Vegan Queso Recipe
Soaking Cashews: Begin by soaking 1 cup of unsalted cashews in boiling water for 10 minutes, ensuring optimal consistency for the queso.
Blending the Goodness: In a high-powered blender or food processor, combine soaked cashews, hot water, minced garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, chili powder, and salt.
Blend until the queso reaches a smooth and creamy texture. Add cumin and turmeric if desired, adjusting the consistency with an additional ¼ cup of hot water.
Flavorful Finishes: Stir in your preferred hot sauce to taste, and for an extra kick, incorporate chopped tomatoes or rotel.
Serve and Enjoy! Your Vegan Queso is ready to be savored – a delectable treat for any occasion.
Tips & Tricks
Yes, the Vegan Queso recipe is naturally gluten-free. However, always check specific product labels to ensure they meet dietary preferences.
Store your Vegan Queso in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. For longer storage, consider freezing it in suitable portions.
Certainly! Experiment with additional herbs, spices, or even a splash of lime juice to tailor the flavor to your liking.
For an extra kick, increase the quantity of hot sauce or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to enhance the spiciness according to your taste preferences.
Vegan Queso Recipe
- ½ tsp cumin
- dash of turmeric if you want a brighter orange colour
- sliced hot chilis for garnish
- 1 diced tomato, or ¼ cup rotel to stir in
- Soak cashews in boiling water for 10 minutes then drain for the best consistency.
- To a high powered blender or food processor, add cashews, water, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, chili powder, and salt. (add cumin and turmeric now if adding)
- Blend on high until the queso is smooth and creamy. If you want a thinner consistency, add another ¼ cup of hot water.
- Stir in your favourite hot sauce to taste, and if desired stir in some chopped tomatoes or rotel.
- Serve and enjoy!
Conclusion: Vegan Queso Recipe
In conclusion, crafting a delectable Vegan Queso is a delightful journey into the world of plant-based flavors. This dairy-free cheese alternative promises not just a healthy choice but a burst of taste in every bite.