Vegan Chipotle Queso

This amazing Vegan Chipotle Queso will satisfy any cheesy craving. It’s made with cashews and tastes just like the queso dip at Mexican restaurants but it’s dairy-free!

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Before my veg days, my sister and I used to love going to Mexican restaurants anytime we had a chance. We’d order margaritas and a big appetizer of queso dip and go to town on it – I mean, really go to town. I remember once the waitress coming back with our drinks about 3 minutes after giving us the queso and it was already gone. She looked at us like we were crazy. And to be honest, there were a few times we didn’t even order entrees, only the queso  – one for each of us.  Since going vegan I’ve missed my queso soooo much. I’ve tried numerous vegan recipes but nothing was as good as I remembered…until now.

Today I’m sharing the BEST vegan chipotle queso dip I’ve had. That’s saying something because I was obviously OBSESSED with queso (well basically anything cheesy) before going vegan. I think I’ve said it before – I used to have a cheese drawer in the fridge that had my stash of cheese in it. That is how much I used to love cheese. Now that I’m plant-based, I love finding tasty dairy-free replacements (like my Vegan Mac and Cheese) and I think this queso recipe is one you’ll love too.

Vegan Chipotle Queso | This amazing Vegan Chipotle Queso will satisfy any cheesy craving. It's made with cashews and tastes just like the queso dip at Mexican restaurants but it's dairy-free! vegan queso recipe, dairy-free, gluten-free, queso dip

Creamy & Healthy Queso Dip

I used cashews as a base for my Vegan Chipotle Queso.  I thought they would work well because I’ve used them before to make things creamy like my Colcannon Soup and ranch dipping sauce for my Buffalo Quinoa Balls.

This dip is a tiny bit spicy because of the chipotle pepper but my mom even ate it and she can’t handle spicy so it should be okay for those of you not into too much spice. If you’re like me and want more heat, add another half of a chipotle in.

I tested my Vegan Chipotle Queso on my sister (who still eats cheese) and she snarfed it up. She said she really couldn’t tell the difference between this and the queso we used to have – which is exactly what I wanted to hear! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Vegan Chipotle Queso

I hope you enjoy my Vegan Chipotle Queso. If you get a chance to try out it out, please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your pictures on Instagram too and tag @v.nutrition and #vnutrition so I won’t miss it!

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Vegan Chipotle Queso

This amazing Vegan Chipotle Queso will satisfy any cheesy craving. It's made with cashews and tastes just like the queso dip at Mexican restaurants but it's dairy-free!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 214.7 kcal
Author Mary Ellen

Ingredients

Toppings

  • 3 TB chopped cilantro (optional)
  • tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients (except tomatoes) into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. If it's too thick, add small amounts of water. You want it smooth but thick.

  2. Transfer mixture to saucepan/skillet and stir in most or all of the tomatoes. I like keeping some of the tomatoes as a garnish on top but you don't have to.

  3. Heat on low for a few minutes while constantly stirring until queso is warm. IMPORTANT: Make sure you keep stirring because I have found that cashew sauces burn or stick to the pan easily! 

  4. Top with cilantro and tortilla chips and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

If you don't have time to soak the cashews that long, you can put them in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chipotle Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214.7 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.5g 22%
Total Carbohydrates 14.25g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 10.4g 21%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 4.25%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 14.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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20 thoughts on “Vegan Chipotle Queso

  1. This looks so good! I didn’t grow up on queso but fell in love when my friends would get the jars of it. I haven’t had any in YEARS though. Although I remember teese making a queso cheese that was pretty amazing too.

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! OH, I forgot that I used to eat that jarred queso like it was going out of style! I’m surprised I actually forgot that. I think I tried that Teese once and liked it too. 🙂

  2. This is going to sound weird, but I don’t remember ever eating queso dip. I found out I’m lactose intolerant when I was in my teens, so if I did have it, it was a long, long time ago. I’m really looking forward to trying your version! It sure looks delicious!

    1. Really? That’s is so different than my teen years when I was basically drinking down queso haha! I found out that I’m lactose intolerant in my early 20s but that didn’t stop me from eating cheese for at least a few more years – I used to get so sick but couldn’t stop myself. I’m excited to have so many vegan alternatives these days. 🙂

  3. I am addicted to queso too. I used to love the kind in a jar from the store. I could eat an entire jarful myself! Your version looks so super creamy and I LOVE the addition of the chipotle in there! We should have a queso party with all of our different versions!! 🙂

  4. OMG this looks so good!!!! If your sister liked it – it must be pretty good if she couldn’t even tell the difference. That’s awesome!
    I am such a spice wuss though… it makes me nervous… I’ll try it out though. Terry actually loves spice, so if anything, he can eat most of it 😉
    I actually started liking cheese more after going vegan (vegan cheese that is). I never really got much out of the dairy stuff.
    Definitely trying this out soon!

    1. Yeah, she was impressed and I was so excited – she tells me straight. 🙂

      You can make it without the chipotle. Actually when I was making thing I was thinking – “Kimmy will be scared of this pepper” lol.

  5. I admit that I’m not a vegan and love queso but I would absolutely eat this over any other “real” cheese queso dip I’ve tried. My favorite by far. <3

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