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Hand Dipping a Chip in a Bowl of Cashew Queso
Cashew Queso
Prep Time
10 mins
Soak Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

Easy, cheesy, totally dairy-free cashew queso! This luscious vegan cheese is loaded with flavor and easy to make, with just 7 ingredients.

Course: Appertizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: easy vegan cheese, vegan appetizer recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 78 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours, rinsed, and drained
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar-based hot sauce, plus more to taste (I use 4 tablespoons of Cholula)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  1. Place the cashews, nutritional yeast, hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and ¼ cup of water into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade.

  2. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  3. Thin with anywhere between ¼ and ¾ cup of water, depending on desired thickness (I used about ½ cup in the batch shown in the photos). Blend again until smooth.

  4. Season the queso with salt to taste, and adjust any other seasonings to your liking.

  5. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 1 ½ cups, but the amount will vary depending on how much liquid you use for thinning.

Nutrition Facts
Cashew Queso
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons (1/12 of batch))
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.5g8%
Saturated Fat 1.1g6%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 5.4g2%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 0.6g1%
Protein 3.3g7%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.