Creamy Vegan Queso Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Jump To Recipe
Avatar Author's default profile picture
Florence Mitchell Modified: March 23, 2022
Creamy Vegan Queso Recipe

How To Make Creamy Vegan Queso

Smooth, creamy vegan queso, this recipe is perfect for french fries, nachos, or burritos. It’s packed with flavors from a blend of veggies and spices.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 2tbspavocado oilor extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1yellow onionmedium, chopped
  • 1cuprusset potatopeeled and grated, 4 ounces, about 1 small or 1/2 medium potato, preferably organic
  • 4garlic clovespressed or minced
  • ½tspsmoked paprika
  • ½tspchili powderground
  • ½tspcuminground
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ½tsponion powder
  • ½tspsaltmore to taste
  • 1cupraw cashews
  • cupswatermore as necessary
  • ¼cupnutritional yeast
  • 1tbspsun-dried tomatoesrinsed oil-packed
  • 2tsphot sauceI used Chipotle
  • 1tspwhite wine vinegaror distilled white vinegar
  • cupfire-roasted tomatoeswell-drained
  • 2tbspjalapeñoschopped, pickled, optional
  • fire-roasted tomatoes or salsa or chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped fresh cilantro, thinly sliced fresh jalapeños or pickled jalapeños, and/or finely chopped red onionoptional


  1. In a large saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes until the onion is tender and turning translucent.

  2. Add the grated potato, garlic, paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Stir to combine, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes to enhance their flavors.

  3. Add the cashews and water, and stir to combine. Let the mixture come to a simmer. Continue simmering, stirring frequently and reducing heat as necessary to avoid a rapid boil, for about 5 to 8 minutes until the potatoes are completely tender and cooked through.

  4. Carefully pour the mixture into a blender, but keep the pot handy for later. Add the nutritional yeast, sun-dried tomatoes, hot sauce and vinegar. Blend for about 2 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.

  5. Taste, and blend in additional salt until the queso is utterly irresistible. Pour the mixture back into the pot and add the tomatoes or salsa and jalapeños, if using. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very warm.

  6. To serve it as a dip, transfer to a serving bowl and top with any garnishes you’d like. Or to make nachos, drizzle it generously over a bed of tortilla chips and garnish as desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes


If the mixture won’t blend easily or if you would prefer a thinner consistency, add water in 1/4 cup increments, blending after each one. Leftovers taste even better the next day. Store cooled leftover queso in a bowl, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Gently reheat on the stove or in the microwave, stirring frequently, until warmed throughout.



  • Calories: 433.55kcal
  • Fat: 26.70g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.14g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.28g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.74g
  • Fiber: 9.53g
  • Sugar: 9.89g
  • Protein: 19.73g
  • Sodium: 444.26mg
  • Calcium: 61.41mg
  • Potassium: 941.40mg
  • Iron: 4.89mg
  • Vitamin A: 79.96µg
  • Vitamin C: 33.41mg
Chat Bubble Icon Share your own special recipe
Submit Your Own Recipe

Have your own special recipe to share? Submit Your Recipe Today!

Related Recipes


Fried Cabbage With Onion Recipe

Fresh cabbage cooked with crispy bacon until tender. This fried cabbage with onion recipe is an easy meal to prepare anytime you desire.
35 mins

Dip, Sauce & Condiment

Vegan Chipotle Carrot Queso Dip Recipe

You can still enjoy a delicious queso dip even if you're vegan. Read on and discover how you can make a vegan version of this creamy dip.
25 mins


Cranberry Cardamom Spice Muffins Recipe

Cardamom spice muffins are flavorful. Drizzled on top with an orange icing that ties all of the flavors together, it’s the perfect blend of tart and sweet.
35 mins


Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

These pumpkin pancakes are made with pure whole grain and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, perfect for a light and flavorful breakfast.
25 mins


Banana Split Cake Recipe

Satisfy your sweet tooth craving with this banana split cake, made of vanilla ice cream sandwiches, chocolate cool whip, and juicy fruits.

8 hrs 30 mins


French Dip Sandwich Recipe

A mouthwatering French dip sandwich made with slow-cooked chuck roast tossed in beef broth and onions set on a crusty roll and dipped in a tasty sauce.
4 hrs 40 mins


Sweet Potato Salad with Ham Recipe

Invitingly bright and tasty, this sweet potato salad is easy to assemble, made flavorful with smoked ham, curry powder, and crunchy curried almonds!
30 mins


Savory Taco Salad Recipe

The crunch from the tortilla chips adds a nice texture to this taco salad. Mix in fresh tomatoes, lettuce, avocadoes, and cheese for a flavorful dish.
30 mins

Breads & Doughs

Cheddar Beer Bread Recipe

Taste the goodness of home-baked beer bread with this simple recipe. It’s baked with cheddar cheese, plus butter-brushed tops.
45 mins


Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

Complete your breakfast with these 10-minute fluffy whole wheat pancakes made with greek yogurt, oats, and whole wheat flour cooked until golden brown.
10 mins

Leave a comment

Replying to