Our creamy vegan queso is outrageously creamy, because of cashews. Get pleasure from it spooned onto tacos, inside burritos, or serve it with home made tortilla chips. We like it! Leap to the Vegan Queso Recipe
“Tacky” Creamy Cashew Dip aka Vegan Queso
Vegans and non-vegans love this creamy dip. With a minute or so in a blender, cashews remodel right into a clean and creamy sauce (known as cashew cream). You’ll be able to flip this creamy base into varied issues like cashew butter, vegan cheese sauce (Alfredo sauce), cashew yogurt, and this queso-inspired dip.
Extra: For our conventional queso made with cheese, see this recipe for home made queso.
For the Creamiest Vegan Queso, Begin with Cashews
Our queso begins with uncooked cashews. When you have blended cashews, you may need soaked them in water first. Nonetheless, this isn’t essential for this vegan queso recipe since we’ve a high-powered blender (most blenders are today).
Soaking the cashews isn’t a nasty concept, and you’ll at all times select so as to add the step. Soaking cashews earlier than mixing is recommended for 2 principal causes:
- To melt the nuts, making them simpler to show right into a clean and creamy sauce
- To interrupt down the shell of the nuts for simpler digestion
With our blender, the cashews shortly flip right into a clean sauce — you’ll be able to see this in motion by watching our video! My guess is that your blender will do the identical, however know that if you’re involved, you’ll be able to at all times soak the cashews first. We added directions within the recipe under.
For extra options on utilizing cashews to make creamy sauces, dips, and extra, see our home made cashew cream recipe!
The Remainder of the Substances
After you have the cashew cream, you will need to add just a few tasty components to show it right into a vegan queso dip. Right here’s what we add:
- Taco seasoning — This may be store-bought (salt-free is preferable), however I extremely suggest making your individual. Right here’s our taco seasoning recipe. I simply like it!
- Dietary yeast — To imitate the tacky taste of queso dip, we add dietary yeast. I take advantage of this rather a lot when cooking at dwelling. I particularly take pleasure in it when sprinkled over popcorn, avocado toast, and even eggs.
- Canned inexperienced chilies — We add these to our conventional queso and like it, so it made sense so as to add them to this dairy-free model.
- Pickled jalapeños and a few of their brine — We at all times have a jar of pickled jalapeños in our fridge. This dip is the proper use for them! They’re optionally available, however I like the additional kick of taste.
After mixing within the additional components, the dip is prepared! It’s scrumptious when served subsequent to home made tortilla chips! You may substitute the cheese for this vegan queso in our veggie quesadillas, add it to those spicy cauliflower burritos or spoon it over these veggie tacos.
Dreamy Vegan Queso
Vegans and non-vegans love this dip. It’s creamy and flavorful, because of cashews, dietary yeast, and pickled jalapeños. When you have a high-powered blender, there isn’t a have to soak the cashews earlier than making the dip. Nonetheless, in case your blender just isn’t very highly effective, you may take into account soaking the cashews for the smoothest vegan queso.
Makes 1 ½ cups
Watch Us Make the Recipe
You Will Want
1 cup (5 ounces) uncooked cashews
3/4 to 1 cup sizzling water
1 to 2 teaspoons taco seasoning, see our taco seasoning recipe
3 tablespoons dietary yeast
1 (4-ounce) can chopped inexperienced chilies, delicate or sizzling relying on choice
1 tablespoon juice from jar of pickled jalapeños, optionally available
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño, optionally available
Salt to style
Chips for serving, strive home made tortilla chips
- (Non-obligatory) Soak Cashews
- Make Vegan Queso
When you have a high-powered blender (most blenders are), it’s pointless to soak the cashews. Subsequently, we don’t soak cashews for this recipe. Nonetheless, you might resolve to soak cashews for 2 causes: (1) to melt the nuts, making them simpler to mix right into a clean and creamy sauce, and (2) to interrupt down the shell of the nuts for simpler digestion.
Fast soaking technique: Deliver a saucepan of water to a boil, flip off the warmth, and add the cashews. Enable the nuts to soak for half-hour, drain, after which use within the recipe.
In a single day soaking technique: Add cashews to a bowl of water and permit to soak for six to eight hours, drain, after which use within the recipe. Watch out with this technique since cashews soaked for too lengthy can tackle an disagreeable taste. Altering the water after just a few hours may help.
Place the cashews and three/4 cup of sizzling water right into a blender. Mix till very clean.
Add taco seasoning, dietary yeast, chopped inexperienced chilies, and the jalapeño pickle juice to the cashew cream. Mix till clean.
If the queso dip is simply too thick, mix in a bit of extra water.
Style, after which season with salt or taco seasoning. Spoon right into a serving bowl and prime with chopped pickled jalapeños.
Adam and Joanne’s Ideas
Vitamin Per Serving: Serving Dimension About 1/2 cup / Energy 145 / Complete Fats 10.6g / Saturated Fats 2.1g / Ldl cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 105.1mg / Carbohydrate 9.6g / Dietary Fiber 1.8g / Complete Sugars 1.9g / Protein 4.5g