Vegan Queso

Vegan Queso

  • Author: Alison Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: ~3 cups


The best vegan queso! Rich, velvety and ultra cheesy with just enough spicy kick, this quick and easy queso makes the perfect dip for some tortilla chips!


  • 1 Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Potato (~200g) (Peeled and Diced)
  • 1 Large Carrot (Peeled and Chopped)
  • 1 Jalapeño Chili (Deseeded and Chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 cups (480ml) Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup (150g) Raw Cashews
  • 6 Sundried Tomatoes (2oz/56g)
  • 1/4 cup (15g) Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

For Garnishing/Serving:

  • Sliced Pickled Jalapeños
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Corn Chips/Tortilla Chips


  1. Add the olive oil to a pot with the chopped onions and crushed garlic and sauté until softened.
  2. Then add the potato, carrot, jalapeño, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper and sauté to mix in the spices.
  3. Add in the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer until the vegetables are soft and cooked.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Add the cooked veggie mix to the blender with the cashews, sundried tomatoes, nutritional yeast, hot sauce, sea salt and black pepper. Blend until smooth and cheesy.
  6. Pour into a serving dish and top with sliced pickled jalapeños and fresh chopped cilantro.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.


*If you want a thinner cheese consistency you can add in a little coconut milk when blending (up to a quarter cup (60ml)) to thin it out a bit more.

*We did not soak the cashew nuts first for this. Since they are blending up with a lot of soft cooked veggies and veg stock, there is generally enough liquid for an easy blend. If you think you might have an issue with your blender though then soak them in boiling water for 5-10 minutes to soften.

  • Category: Dip, Savory, Side, Gluten-Free
  • Method: Stovetop, Blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 124
  • Sugar: 3.8g
  • Sodium: 160mg
  • Fat: 6.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.6g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 3.7g

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