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Dairy-Free Cashew Queso

This dairy-free cashew queso is creamy, flavorful, and perfect for any vegan or lactose intolerant individual. With just a handful of ingredients, this queso is easy to whip up for a quick snack or party appetizer.

Tasty Team
74% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Dairy-Free Cashew Queso

Under 30 minutes


for 3 cups

  • 2 cups water (480 mL)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews (225 g)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles (100 g)
  • tortilla chip, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 202
  • Fat 14g
  • Carbs 13g
  • Fiber 19g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Protein 8g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the garlic cloves and blanch for 60 seconds. Remove the garlic, then remove the pot from the heat and reserve the hot water.
  2. To a the bowl of a food processor, add the cashews, blanched garlic cloves, nutritional yeast, cumin, chipotle powder, paprika, chili powder, and salt. Starting with 1¼ cups (300 g), add the reserved hot water. Blend on medium-high speed to combine. If the mixture looks too thick and isn’t blending well, add another ¼ cup (60 ml) of hot water and continue blending. Add more hot water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, as needed until the mixture is smooth, silky, and spreadable.
  3. Transfer the queso to a serving bowl and fold in the diced tomatoes and green chiles.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.
  5. Enjoy!
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Dairy-Free Cashew Queso