Healthy Vegan Queso Dip (Dairy-free, Soy-free)

This queso dip is one of my new favorite party snacks.

vegan cashew queso recipe in white bowl

I served it to my friends at a get together last weekend, and everyone was shocked at its similarity to the popular Ro*tel dip— which is a simple mix of diced tomatoes and chiles, with a melted block of Velveeta. For this dip, I wanted to recreate that classic flavor, without using any “processed cheese product.”

To my surprise, it’s actually not that difficult to recreate that processed cheesy flavor. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that most “cheese products” don’t contain much real cheese to begin with?

Instead, this dip gets its creaminess from raw cashews! Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, they’re also loaded with iron, magnesium and tryptohpan. Paired with fresh lemon juice and diced tomatoes, providing a healthy dose of vitamin C, this dip– unlike it’s processed counterpart– is practically guilt-free!

Healthy Queso Dip (Dairy-free, Soy-free)
makes about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews*, soaked for up to 4 hours and drained
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
juice of half a lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
14 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles

*Raw cashews have a very mild and neutral flavor that works well in this recipe. Try to avoid using roasted cashews, which have a stronger cashew flavor.

Directions:

In a high-speed blender, or food processor, combine the first six ingredients, plus the liquid from the can of diced tomatoes and green chiles. (I was able to get about 1/4 cup of liquid from the can.)

Canned fire roasted tomatoes

Blend until a smooth and creamy “cheese” sauce is created. Feel free to add more liquid, if you like, but keep in mind that the diced tomatoes and chiles will also thin-out the sauce a bit.

cashew cheese sauce recipe in vitamix blender

Transfer the cheese mixture to a large bowl, then add in the can of diced tomatoes and green chiles. Stir well to combine.

mix canned tomatoes with cashew queso dip

At this point, be sure to adjust any flavors to your taste, then warm the dip using a small crock pot, or by heating it gently over a stove top. As the dip is warmed, it becomes even more authentic!

Serve with baked tortilla chips and fresh sliced veggies, for a nutrient-rich party snack!

vegan cashew queso with chip in white bowl

4.82 from 37 votes
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Healthy Queso Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A creamy, dairy-free queso, similar to the popular Ro*tel dip!

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 8
Calories: 108 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews , soaked for up to 4 hours and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • juice of half a lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 14 oz . can diced tomatoes with green chiles
Instructions
  1. In a high-speed blender, or food processor, combine the first six ingredients, plus the liquid from the can of diced tomatoes and green chiles. (I was able to get about 1/4 cup of liquid from the can.)
  2. Blend until a smooth and creamy "cheese" sauce is created.
  3. Transfer the cheese mixture to a large bowl, then add in the can of diced tomatoes and green chiles. Stir well to combine.
  4. At this point, be sure to adjust any flavors to your taste, then warm the dip using a small crock pot, or by heating it gently over a stove top. As the dip is warmed, it becomes even more authentic!
  5. Serve with baked tortilla chips and fresh sliced veggies, for a nutrient-rich party snack!

Enjoy!

Reader Feedback: Are you a queso fan? Have you ever made Ro*tel dip before? I have always been a huge fan of warm queso dips, so now I can get my “cheesy” fix, without a stomach ache later!

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Comments

Lourdes

Hi!
Do you know if the yeast used in this recipe is ok when dealing with candida?
Thank you <3

laurie

Can I use cashew butter..it’s already creamy

Monica

I really enjoyed this, and so did my husband! However I took it to a New Years Eve party and no one was convinced this was actual queso lol! I think maybe if I had said its spicy cashew dip or something. Thank you for the recipe and I will make it again for my husband and me!

Amy

Can you have nutritional yeast if you have Candida?

Isha

Made this for Super Bowl today! Was a total hit!!
This is now my got to queso!!! 😉

Erin

This is, and forever will be, my absolute favorite queso dip!! Slight changes I’ve made include doubling the cashews and keep the rest the same (too much nutritional yeast lends a chalky texture in my humble opinion) and blend up the tomatoes just a tad because I’m not the biggest fan of the things. Even the boyfriend loves it, and he’s relatively difficult to please when it comes to my allergy-sensitive “concoctions” in the kitchen, he raves to his family about it (big ol’ win!!)!

Anne

I made this a few days ago and it was amazing!!! I can’t believe how delicious. I just ran out and need to make more. Also I just made your Everyday Basil Dressing, and even though I’m not always a big fan of basil, I loved this dressing– so fresh and clean tasting!

Don

Made this today. It was delicious. Quick and easy to make too once the cashews are soaked. I soaked for two hours only and it worked just fine. I added some hot sauce. Yummy.

Doug

Hi, I’m from UK and we don’t have cans of tomato and green chili mixed together (at least not where I’m from). Could you estimate the proportions please so I could make my own version? Any additional tips would be welcome. Thanks

Yochi

This is my go to for parties. I make a quadruple batch (which my husband insists should just be called a batch, bc it’s necessary to make that much) with a lb of cashews, and it always gets gobbled up. Although I do save a bit for cheesey potatoes for breakfast the next day. Anyone who says this isn’t like actual queso isn’t doing something right. It’s better than queso, it’s full of real food and its good for you!!! <3 thanks so much. (i generally soak cashews 8+ hours and have a vitamix. I also use rotel as the tomato)

Annie

I can’t wait to try this! We make rotel at Thanksgiving every year for the appetizer table. And I am so excited to have something that won’t make me feel sick!

Kimberly

Do you use the water the nuts are soaked in?

Jennifer

This is great! I was a little skeptical, because I figured it wouldn’t taste like real queso dip (and it doesn’t, but it also doesn’t give me gas, so that’s a plus), but it tasted soooo good with these paleo nachos I made. I was very pleased!

Mary

Is there a good substitute for cashews? I really want to try this and we are looking to avoid wheat, dairy and cashews; this recipe is so close!

Lisa

This dip is so delicious! And easy to make. And healthy. What more can you ask for. I doubled cashews and kept everything else mostly the same. I may have increased water and nutritional yeast a bit. I have a Vitamix and it became creamy in seconds. I think having the right blender is key to creating the right consistency. Thank you!

Tonicarol

So amazing! You never disappoint!

Sarah

Love, love, love!!! I’m loving every recipe! Thank you so much for sharing these!

Shane

This dips is amazing. If you’re getting hummus consistency or something other than cheese sauce, more than likely it is user era. We make this all the time and it is super creamy. Add more liquid to the blender if needed.

Patrice

I followed this recipe to a T and it turned out perfectly. I just made this recipe and it is delicious. The creamy texture and the spicy flavor is going to enhance many of my southwestern dishes. Thanks Megan, I scored brownie points with my vegan daughter. A special shout out to my friend Amy who got me hooked on to Detoxinista. Thanks to this website I am eating healthier and enjoying guilt free food.

Christie

Hi, Megan!
I made this dip today and it is super yummy (even though I accidentally blended in the tomatoes and green chilies and bought a smaller can by mistake).
Both my roommate and I were skeptical at first because of a vegan French onion dip recipe I had tried with cashews in the past. I’m vegan and she isn’t, but we both will be having this again!
Thank you for sharing! I hope you are having an amazing day. 🙂

Karen Knox

recently turned vegan (trying but it’s a bit difficult). i had already given up meat, but not dairy products. i’ve been having issues with my tummy and doc said I need to stay off dairy and fried foods. guess this is as good a time as any to go vegan. 🙂

Meri

Omg THIS IS SO DELICIOUS!!!

Peggy

I tried 3xs MAKING this and finally got it at best! 2 other times my fault. But this time I soaked drained and dried. Deliciius and big hit!!

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