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Vegan Queso is a 5-minute dip that is creamy, cheesy, and perfectly spiced to mimic the classic dip — without any dairy! It tastes like the real thing! |

Vegan Queso

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan Queso is creamy, cheesy, and perfectly spiced to mimic the classic dip — without any dairy! It tastes like the real thing but you wouldn't know it! Raw cashews are blended with a handful of simple ingredients like jalapeños and nutritional yeast in just 5 minutes to make this dairy-free Mexican queso with classic flavors. 


  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Optional Toppings:

  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • jalapeño pepper, sliced
  • green onions, sliced
  • tomato, diced
  • tortilla chips or torilla strips


  1. In a blender, add cashews and vegetable stock. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
    Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and thickened, about 1 minute. You can serve this cold or warm. If serving warm, use warm vegetable stock.
  2. Transfer to a round serving bowl. Top with chopped cilantro, jalapeno pepper slices, diced tomato, and green onions.
  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.


How to store: Transfer leftover vegan queso to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to five days.

How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave on high in 10-second increments, stirring in between bursts until it’s heated to the desired temperature. You can also reheat in a pan on the stove over medium-low heat until warmed through.

How to freeze: Place in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow the queso to defrost in the refrigerator overnight and blend again to re-incorporate the ingredients in case of separation. Then serve cold or reheat if desired.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dip
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican