Vegan Queso Recipe Easy & Creamy

Vegan Queso recipe

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)

Optional Extras:

  • 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.

soaking cashews for Vegan 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.

soaked cashews in blender for Vegan Queso

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.

Vegan Queso recipe

Flavorful Finishes: Stir in your preferred hot sauce to taste, and for an extra kick, incorporate chopped tomatoes or rotel.

cashew queso

Serve and Enjoy! Your Vegan Queso is ready to be savored – a delectable treat for any occasion.

Tips & Tricks


Is this recipe suitable for a gluten-free diet?

Yes, the Vegan Queso recipe is naturally gluten-free. However, always check specific product labels to ensure they meet dietary preferences.

How long can I store Vegan Queso?

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.

Can I customize the flavor profile of Vegan Queso?

Certainly! Experiment with additional herbs, spices, or even a splash of lime juice to tailor the flavor to your liking.

How can I make Vegan Queso spicier?

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.

Queso recipe vegan

Vegan Queso Recipe

Indulge in the goodness of Vegan Queso, a dairy-free delightwith cashews, nutritional yeast, and spices. Creamy, flavorful, and simple tomake!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Appetizer, Sauce, Snack, Vegan Basics
Cuisine American, Fusion, Mexican
Servings 6


  • 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 (I used Valentina)

Optional Extras

  • 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!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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.

14 thoughts on “Vegan Queso Recipe Easy & Creamy

  1. Rebecca says:

    5 stars
    This vegan queso dip was so quick and easy to make the longest part for me was soaking the cashews but wow this was delicious and reminded me of the one I used to buy. And it’s dairy free which is AMAZING! 10/10

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for trying the vegan queso dip recipe! I’m glad you found it quick and easy to make. Soaking the cashews can take a bit of time, but the delicious result is definitely worth it! It’s wonderful to hear that it reminded you of the one you used to buy.

  2. Anna says:

    5 stars
    I made this for a friend’s birthday and was a huge hit!! Everyone loved it such a delicious and easy recipe. Thanks essy!

  3. Sapphira says:

    5 stars
    Yum this was so delicious and easy to make!

  4. Tia says:

    5 stars
    Loved this plant based queso so delicious! Great side to my nachos and had some leftover to dip the following day 😊

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the plant-based queso! It sounds like it made the perfect side for your nachos, and having leftovers for the next day is always a win. Thanks for trying out the recipe and sharing your experience! 😊

  5. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    Creamy and so satisfying! 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you for the 5-star rating! I’m thrilled you found the dish creamy and satisfying. Your feedback means a lot.

  6. Lily says:

    5 stars
    This was really easy to make and very satisfying.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m glad to hear it was easy to make and satisfying! Your positive feedback is much appreciated.

  7. Harley says:

    5 stars
    So nice and creamy, mine was a little runny but put on the stove and simmered off the extra water that I added while blending and was super nice and creamy. I’m going to add these on my vegan nachos

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you for sharing your experience! Simmering off the extra water is a great tip for achieving that perfect creamy consistency. Enjoy your vegan nachos!

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